BLACK IS BACK – AND IT'S EVIL
THERE are still some who think an SLS is a Mercedes SL with some fancy doors. That it's a cruiser that might just be a little flabby under its posh outfit. Not a bit of it. If you want the SLS even more gym-toned, the 631ps Black Series is the default choice. It's evil.
You want power? It's right here. The uprated AMG 6.2-litre V8 engine generates a healthy power output of 631ps and 635 Newton metres of torque which translates to a sprint to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds. The top speed stands at 315 km/h which in old money is 197mph.
Such power is tamed thanks to the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system, which thankfully comes as standard.
The design of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a tribute to the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car. Wide flared wings with an added width of 13 mm (front) and 26 mm (rear) on each side create the necessary space for the 275mm and 325mm tyres. Darkened headlamps and black surrounds for the rear lights provide the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with a malevolent look enhanced by a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic front splitter, carbon inserts in the side sills and the rear apron made of carbon fibre.
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You'll find a combination of designo leather and Alcantara features throughout the interior. On the bottom section of the dashboard, for example, on the door centre panels and on the AMG bucket seats, whose centre sections are covered with Alcantara. You also get embossed AMG emblems on the head restraints. These seats are also 15 kilograms lighter than the standard AMG sports items. Mercedes quotes a fuel consumption figure of 20.6mpg for the SLS AMG Black Series but, honestly, if I ever used this thing and came back with a fuel economy figure that wasn't in single figures, I'd feel that I wasn't worthy.
Some cars demand to be used as their manufacturer intended and this is most certainly one of them. Anybody who owns one of these and doesn't take it onto a race track at least once in its life has horribly missed the point.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series takes the architectural elegance of the standard SLS coupé and transforms it into something altogether more malevolent. It's a perfect embodiment of the Black Series philosophy, offering racing design, genuine track-focused engineering and sledgehammer power.
It also enables Mercedes to unleash all of the talent that's been lurking in the SLS platform.
It'll always be a rare sight and that will only underscore the drama of this hot SLS.