Monday, July 28, 2008

2009 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

From Autoweek

ON SALE: December
BASE PRICE: $320,000
DRIVETRAIN: 6.0-liter, 661-hp, 738-lb-ft twin-turbocharged V12; rwd, five-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT: 4122 lb
0-60 MPH: 3.8 sec (mfr)
FUEL ECONOMY (EPA): 12 (est)

"Moers won't say what elements are being considered for production, but carbon-fiber body construction will play a role at AMG in coming years. It is used for the hood, fenders, roof and trunk. In combination with other weight-saving measures adopted, the 4122-pound Black Series undercuts the SL65 AMG by an impressive 550 pounds.

A quick glance tells you this is no run-of-the-mill AMG model. The exterior, penned by AMG design boss Claus Hieke, places emphasis on cooling air reaching the mighty engine. There are seven ducts up front, three in the bumper, two atop the hood and two in the fenders. Adding to the aggressive tone are heavily flared wheel arches. Moers describes it as an SL65 AMG on steroids. He's right. The only things shared with the SL65 AMG, upon which it is loosely based, are the headlamps, doors, mirrors and tail lamps.

In a significant move, AMG has ditched the SL65 AMG's folding roof. It is replaced by a fixed one that blends with the rest of the body and incorporates an integral roll cage. Other major changes center on the redesigned trunk lid, which supports a retractable spoiler that motors out at 75 mph."

"The twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 has larger turbochargers, a more efficient intercooler and a revised exhaust with less back pressure. The three-valve-per-cylinder engine's output has increased 57 hp, to an SLR-beating 661 hp at 5400 rpm. Torque remains at 738 lb-ft, developed on a band of revs between 2200 and 4200 rpm and limited from an actual peak claimed to be about 884 lb-ft."


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