Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series (2008)

The New Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series is the most powerful AMG to date. The performance figures are impressive – 0 – 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, then on to a top speed of an electronically restricted 199 mph (why not the magic 200 mph).

The AMG 6.0 litre V12 Bi-Turbo engine, is blessed with 670 hp and 1000 Nm of torque, which guarantees hyper sports car level performance. The two-seater SL was developed in the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO and represents the continuation of the highly successful Black Series strategy pursued by AMG, Mercedes Benz specialist performance house.

Unlike its lesser siblings the Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series is fitted with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS five-speed automatic gearbox which transmits the power to the rear wheels. There is a choice between four transmission modes: "C", "S", "M1" and "M2" which has gearshift times 25 per cent quicker than the "M1" mode. The torque converter's lockup clutch guarantees extremely direct gear shifting in all driving situations right from first gear. The automatic double-declutch function not only makes shifting down a more pleasurable task, it also ensures that the load alteration effect is reduced.

If you are worried about stopping from nearly 200 mph, then the AMG high-performance braking system should allay your fears as, braking is undertaken by six-piston fixed callipers at the front gripping on to 390 x 36 mm discs and on the rear there are four-piston fixed callipers and 360 x 26 mm discs.

There are 265/35 R 19 tyres on the front and on the rear 325/30 R 20 tyres on AMG 11.5 x 20 light-alloy wheels.. Dunlop, DTM's motorsports partner, supplies the "Sport Maxx GT" sport tyres which provide particularly good grip and fortunately permit astonishing cornering speeds.

As for the suspension, the AMG sports suspension has been designed on adjustable coil spring lines; this well-proven motorsports solution allows the shock absorbers' rebound and compression stages, the ride height, wheel alignment and camber to be adjusted.. Compared with the standard SL 65 AMG, the Black Series front axle track width is 97 mm wider and the rear axle track width 85 mm wider. The new front axle kinematics produce an 8 per cent more direct steering ratio; and the completely re-designed elastokinematics ensure noticeably greater steering precision. A multiple-disc limited-slip differential on the rear axle with a 40 per cent locking effect guarantees optimum traction.

The 3-stage sports function ESPÒ is a by-word for maximum driving pleasure and outstanding drive dynamics: The driver can choose between "ESP ON", "ESP SPORT" and "ESP OFF" by pressing the ESPÒ button; the AMG instrument cluster will then show whichever mode is currently activated on the central display.

We do not have pricing information at the moment, but we will update you as soon as we know.

Published : 11/07/08 Author : Melanie Carter

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