The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Due to be launched on the market during June next year, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series was recently officially revealed by the German manufacturer of luxury automobiles. In a similar manner to the other Black Series Mercedes models, the latest SLS AMG will be packing a stronger punch, has shed some of its weight and moves through the air more efficiently.
The same 6.2-liter V8 engine was mounted under the bonnet, but this one revs up to 8,000 RPM and delivers a whopping 622 HP (464 kW), quite a lot more than the standard SLS AMG GT with an output of 583 HP (435 kW). Among the long list of modifications, we’re mentioning the new camshafts, improved oil and water cooling, additional pressure tweaks and new air intake. The car’s torque has decreased from 479 lb-ft (648 Nm) to 468 lb-ft (634 Nm) though.
Thanks to the more powerful muscle, aerodynamic improvements and smaller weight, the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time has gone down by 0.2 seconds, so it can now do it in just 3.6 seconds. Furthermore, if the pedal’s pinned down to the floor, the Merc will ultimately reach a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph). In addition, it is extremely fuel efficient as well, able to reach 20.6 mpg UK (17 mpg US or 13.7 l / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 321 g/km.
In terms of appearance, it has been brought closer to the GT3 version, with 20 mm wider front tracks and respectively 24 mm wider rear tracks. A set of 20 inch lightweight forged alloy wheels with standard carbon ceramic brakes (a reminder – for the regular SLS, the carbon ceramic brakes were optional, setting you back a whopping £8,140) are also included in the package.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series features a massive load of carbon fiber parts, like the new side skirts, the large rear diffuser and the front splitter. The rear diffuser comprises the stunning quad tailpipes which end the brand new exhaust system, entirely crafted from titanium.
In a rather non-surprising manner, the exhaust weighs as low as 17 kg (37 lbs), 13 kg lighter (28 lbs) than the standard one. This, alongside many other weight reductive features, have lowered the car’s weight by 70 kg (154 lbs) in comparison to the regular SLS AMG GT, to a full 1550 kg (3417 lbs).
The folk behind Mercedes-Benz are also able to provide, optionally, a carbon fiber aerodynamics package which sports an adjustable rear wing and front dive planes which can reportedly increase the downforce and improve the Merc’s stability while running at high speeds. There’s also a carbon fiber driveshaft, launch control, adaptive sports suspension and brand new electronic locking differential.
As for the interior, it now boasts with a carbon fiber central console, steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and lightweight sports seats, weighing 15 kg less than regular ones. The COMAND multimedia system has also been discarded, saving 6 kg (13 lbs), and an additional 8 kg (17 lbs) were saved by switching to a lithium-ion battery for starting the vehicle instead of the conventional ways.
As we’ve already mentioned, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series will be available for purchase starting June 2013. The price though is unknown at the moment, so we could only guess it’ll be featuring 6 digits.