The SLS AMG Black Series from Mercedes-Benz is a two-seat luxury grand touring vehicle that the German auto manufacturer put into production in 2012. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2012, with international availability beginning in 2013. The SLS AMG Black Series is assembled at a Mercedes-Benz production facility in Sindelfingen, Germany. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is a new car for the 2014 model year.
Optimized primarily for track use rather than everyday street driving, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive car. It is recognizable for its distinctive gull-wing style doors. The car is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine with multi-point fuel injectors that yields 622 horsepower, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with sport plus and manual operating modes. The gearbox’s manual mode can be activated from the steering wheel with a single touch of the shift paddle. The SLS AMG Black Series boasts a light weight, thanks to a spaceframe construction complemented by carbon fiber mechanical components and outer body panels, as well as a lightweight titanium exhaust system and a lighter lithium-ion battery. Mercedes-Benz says the SLS AMG Black Series is capable of achieving the 0-60 acceleration mark in 3.5 seconds.
Other features of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series include an electronic rear differential lock, a performance suspension with electronically controlled two-stage damping and several operating modes, independent double wishbones with coil springs and a stabilizer bar in both the front and rear, a speed sensitive steering system, hardened ceramic ventilated cross-drilled brake discs, 15.8-inch front brakes and 14.2-inch rear brakes, and lightweight forged alloy staggered wheels that measure 10 inches by 19 inches in front, and 12 inches by 20 inches in the rear, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. The exterior is accessorized with darkened headlights that feature black headlight surrounds, an exclusive front and rear fascia with a diffusor, a carbon fiber rear apron, exclusive side sills, enlarged air intakes, and a carbon fiber hood. An optional aerodynamic upgrade package for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series adds an adjustable carbon fiber rear spoiler and carbon fiber accents on the front apron. Stand-alone aesthetic options include carbon fiber exterior mirrors and a carbon fiber engine cover.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series features an alcantara-trimmed steering wheel that comes in solid black or a black and red contrast finish, alcantara upholstery on AMG sport bucket seats, alcantara trim on the dashboard and door panels, a black-painted metal air vent bezel, a carbon fiber panel in place of the multimedia system that sits in the center console of the standard Mercedes-Benz SLS (although buyers can opt to have the multimedia system retained), red seat belts, and red contrast stitching on the sport seats and the floor mats. Options for the cabin of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series include a Bang & Olufsen surround sound audio system, a carbon fiber trim package, and an infotainment system with a media interface and a backup camera.