The epic new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series has landed in Australia, with a price tag of $639,000, plus on-road costs. Only a 10 of the limited-edition supercars have been earmarked for local consumption, out of a global production run of between 200 and 300 cars.
Costing more than $170,000 over the standard SLS AMG Gullwing, Mercedes Australia has already received 7 firm orders, with only just 3 left to be snapped up.
Australian-specified cars are fitted with a bevy of equipment that is optional on the normal SLS, including AMG Ride Control variable damping, AMG ceramic brakes, AMG sports bucket seats, Blind Spot Assist, black design leather trim and carbon and Alcantara interior trims.
The only option on the SLS AMG Black Series is the AMG Aerodynamics Package that is comprised of front and rear carbon spoilers, the choice of silver or black with silver flange five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, Anthracite or red Alcantara interior trim and the hero colour of AMG Solarbeam yellow.
Underneath the elongated bonnet lives AMG’s 6.2-litre V8 that spins to 8,000rpm, 800rpm higher than regular car. It delivers 464kW of power at 7,400rpm – up from 420kW, and 635Nm of torque at 5,500rpm – down from 650Nm.
Total weight is down by 70kg, enabling the 1,625kg SLS Black to dash from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, one-tenth quicker than the regular SLS.
Other SLS Black specific modifications include 10mm lower transmission mounts, a carbon fibre torque tube that replaces the standard car’s cast-alloy tube, carbon-reinforced plastic drive shaft, carbon-fibre bonnet, plastic composite front quarter panels, a titanium exhaust system, a lithium-ion 12-volt battery, electronic differential lock and flare wheel arches that house wider wheel tracks.