Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series confirmedMon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series Confirmed
As long ago as September 2009 we had word from a Mercedes source who told us that AMG planned to build a Black Series version of the SLS, with as much as 700bhp mooted as a possibility. But then nothing for a year about the arrival of the ultimate SLS.
We speculated at the time that Mercedes could well choose to endow the SLS Black Series with a V12 – something similar to the setup in the SL Black Series – and churn out an SLS Black with truly awesome power. But maybe the wish was father to the thought.
By November of 2009 we were starting to hear that our original story about the arrival of the SLS Black Series was being confirmed from other sources, but that the likely power was much more conservative than we’d expected.
The general consensus was that the SLS Black would get around 600bhp and make use of a lot more carbon fibre to drop the weight. That would result in an SLS that was quicker than the regular SLS, but only by 0.3 seconds. Not quite the monster we were hoping for.
By November last year we were hearing – officially – that AMG were planning on at least two more Black Series cars, one of which we expected to be the SLS Black, and now finally - two years on from our original story – comes confirmation from AMG’s Head of Vehicle Engineering - Tobias Moers – that the SLS AMG Black Series is in the making.
Sadly, Tobias didn’t give us any details, but at least we know it’s happening. What engine it will get – and how much power it will produce – is still unknown. But there’s a fair chance it will head towards £300k in price.
We’ll still continue to hope – against the odds – that Mercedes go for a 700bhp V12.
By Cars UK