The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing supercar built on the iconic design and shape of the original 1950s SL 300 Gullwing that was very successful in racing. The new SLS AMG used many of the same design cues, powertrain layout, and those legendary gull-wing doors that open from the roof. Now, Mercedes-Benz has introduced an even more powerful high-performance version of the supercar with the new SLS AMG Black Series Coupé. The new Black Series version of the supercar features a host of new enhancements, such as a tuned engine, forged wheels, a redesigned chassis, special aerodynamics and a simple interior design.
The engine that powers the standard SLS AMG GT models was the basis for the new SLS AMG Black Series Coupé. The handcrafted 6.2-liter V-8 engine was equipped with special camshafts, a new crankshaft, a redesigned air intake system, and new transmission and oil coolers. A new ECU helps adapt to upgrades and helps make the engine the most powerful combustion engine offered by the German automaker. A special titanium exhaust also helps reduce the amount of back pressure to that of a racing exhaust for better power at lower engine speeds. The end result of these modifications is 631 horsepower (464 kW) at 7,400 RPM and 468.29 lb-ft. (635 Nm) at 5,500 RPM that is sent through a 10-lb. driveshaft to both forged rear wheels. This power boost helps the supercar hit 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 196 mph.
The high speeds that the SLS AMG Black Series Coupé is capable of requires new aerodynamics to be installed in the supercar. Carbon fiber was used for most of the new aerodynamic elements including front spoilers, flics, a new front bumper, widened front and rear fenders, new side skirts, a rear bumper, fixed boot spoiler and rear diffuser. These modifications help redirect air to the engine and brakes while generating downforce to improve handling and braking performance at higher speeds.
Much of the chassis also benefited from new motorsport technology. The factory standard rims were replaced by light and strong forged wheels at the front and rear. The forged wheels were complemented by a new lightweight carbon ceramic brake system that reduced weight by 40 percent compared to traditional steel units. New aluminum suspension parts were also installed to keep weight to a minimum.
The interior of the SLS AMG Black Series Coupé presents a simple approach to driving. There are no standard navigation systems to save weight and the carbon bucket seats are trimmed with alcantara and leather to provide corner grip. The wheel was given a direction indicator and flat bottom for better performance on the race track.
The new SLS AMG Black Series Coupé with its 6.2-liter V-8, forged wheels, a motorsport-inspired interior and an aerodynamic exterior will be available worldwide in 2013.