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Review Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series 2014

Penulis : Nur Rahman on Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 9:08 PM

The new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a perfect study in the one hundred percent transfer of technology and engineering from motorsport to the road. We have drawn inspiration from the worldwide success of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car on both a conceptual and a technological level. Boasting numerous lightweight components and fascinating driving dynamics, our fifth Black Series model guarantees pure, unadulterated 'Driving Performance'. The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is the ultimate choice for fast laps and highly emotional driving experiences", says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
"The most dynamic gull-wing model of all time goes by the name of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series. Fans of high-performance super sports cars will be fascinated by its high-tech package. The basis for passionate performance and supreme driving dynamics is provided by numerous new developments in the area of the engine, power transmission, suspension and aerodynamics - also according top priority to our "AMG Lightweight Performance" strategy. Great efforts in the field of lightweight design have resulted in a DIN kerb weight of 1550 kilograms," notes Tobias Moers, head of overall vehicle development and member of the management board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine a byword for thrilling driving dynamics

The uprated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine generating a power output of 464 kW (631 hp) and 635 Newton metres of torque is a byword for thrilling driving dynamics, making the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series the most powerful AMG high-performance automobile with a combustion engine at present. Only the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with a maximum output of 552 kW comes with greater power reserves.

The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The top speed stands at 315 km/h. The additional 44 kW (60 hp) of power in comparison to the 420 kW (571 hp) offered by the SLS AMG has been achieved by the following measures:

Increase in maximum engine speed from 7200 to 8000 rpm
Fully revised high-speed valve train with modified camshafts, adapted cam geometry and optimised bucket tappets featuring a special coating which is otherwise exclusive to racing vehicles
Modification of the intake air ducting: derestriction and adaptation to the new maximum engine speed
Adaptation of the engine application and increase in peak pressure.

AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension and sports tyres

The chassis and suspension of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series are also new. The basic layout with double wishbones all-round in aluminium remains unchanged, but barely a component has gone untouched in the interests of much enhanced race track performance.

The new developments in detail:
  • AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension with tauter basic tuning and electronically controlled two-stage damping (Sport, Sport +) for individual adjustment to the preferred personal driving style
  • Coil-over spring retainers to enable adjustment of wheel loads for personal race track set-ups
  • Elastokinematics 50 / 42% more rigid (front/rear axle) for greater stability in fast double bends
  • Track width increased by 20 / 24 millimetres (front/rear axle) for added grip in fast bends
  • New wheel carriers on front axle and new front stabiliser tuning for added grip, reduced roll angle in fast cornering
  • AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, in particularly light forged design with optimised strength, painted matt black with high-sheen finish, dimensions: 10x19 at fron; 12x20 at rear. Weight saving: 4.0 kilograms
  • Newly developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyres. Dimensions 275/35 R 19 at front and 325/30 R 20 at rear, for added grip and sporty cornering limit
  • AMG speed-sensitive steering with newly defined power steering characteristic for optimum steering precision and outstanding control of the vehicle

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system

A highlight among the optional equipment and appointments is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, developed by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG together with renowned Danish audio specialist Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1 enables an exclusive music experience of the very highest standard. This is made possible by a 1000 W amplifier and 11 loudspeakers in conjunction with precise distribution of the music signals by the sound processor according to the selectable seat positions - driver, co-driver or central. The DSP digital sound processor additionally enables the user to switch between the high-end studio sound ("Reference") and a surround sound option. All functions are controlled via COMAND APS (optional item) in a special Bang & Olufsen menu. The illuminated 50 W lens tweeters are a special highlight on the dashboard. The 250 W subwoofer is accommodated in the rear shelf. High-quality loudspeaker covers sporting the Bang & Olufsen logo indicate the high-end system's exclusive character.

Further individualisation options are also available (selection):
  • AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror
  • AMG carbon-fibre engine cover
  • AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre package
  • AMG infotainment system (incl. COMAND APS, AMG Performance Media and backup camera)
  • Media Interface

The market launch of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series will begin in June 2013.

Technical specifications
  • Displacement: 6208 cc
  • Bore x stroke: 102.2 x 94.6 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.3 : 1
  • Output: 464 kW (631 hp) @ 7400 rpm
  • Max. torque: 635 Nm (468 lb-ft) @ 5500 rpm
  • Maximum engine speed: 8000 rpm
  • Engine weight (dry): 205 kg (452 lbs)
  • Fuel consumption, NEDC combined: 13.7 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions: 321 g/km
  • Efficiency class: G
  • Acceleration
  • 0-100 km/h: 3.6 s
  • 0-60 mph: 3.5 s
  • Top speed: 315 km/h (196 mph)

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