The first car in the Black Series lineup was an overnight success, with hard-core enthusiasts the world over craving one for their own garage. In fact, the majority of the 350 cars bound for the U.S. were already spoken for even before they landed on American soil.
Starting with the standard SL65 AMG (if you can call anything about that car “standard”), Mercedes‘ in-house AMG Performance Studio tweaks the 6.0L V-12 bi-turbo engine for a full 670 hp – 58 horses more than the SL65 – while the torque figure remains identical at an electronically limited 738 lb-ft for drivability reasons (AMG claims that 885 lb-ft would be available in derestricted form).
To achieve these gains, larger turbochargers were developed specifically for this application, while a new AMG sports exhaust and optimized airflow tubing round out the power boost. The result is a heart-pounding 3.9 sec sprint from standstill to 62 mph and an electronically limited top speed just a single mph shy of the magical 200-mph mark.