Mercedes SL65 Black Series(Inside Line Video)

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

Mercedes engineers were able to wring out an extra 57 horsepower from the car’s twin-turbo 6.0L V12 – bringing total output to a monstrous 661 horsepower (20 more than the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition). But despite the bump in horsepower, the engine’s torque rating remains the same at 738 lb-ft.
The SL also went on a hefty diet to become the SL65 AMG Black Series. Through the extensive use of carbon fiber in the car’s front fenders, hood and new fixed roof, the SL shed about 570 pounds – bringing its curb weight down to a still rather portly 4,080 pounds. Of note, the decision to make the roof a fixed unit wasn’t strictly a weight-saving measure – it simply wouldn’t fit in its retracted position because of the car’s steamroller rear tires.

To round out the performance package, Mercedes also equipped the SL Black Series with a new adjustable suspension, a wider track, larger brakes, a deployable rear spoiler and a lower hood.

Inside the SL Black Series, the car features carbon fiber shell racing seats, a flat bottom steering wheel and plenty of Alcantara. However, the carbon fiber seats won’t make it to the U.S. as they do not have side airbags.

The SL65 AMG Black Series is expected to hit the U.S. market next year – in white, black, red and silver – with a price tag north of $300,000.

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