And here we are with the last part of our trip to the Paul Ricard Raceway in France. The following text is again written by the fantastic Mr. Fabian Mechtel and make sure to check out the SLS AMG Electric Drive Post if you haven’t yet. Also for my German speaking friends check out our post over at Evocars Magazin. Enjoy and have a great weekend and actually I have a little something for you SLS fans coming real soon too that I completely forgot about.
So let’s get started.
Well, 571PS certainly are not enough. And the looks of an ordinary SLS gullwing are not exiting enough – that’s what Mercedes must have thought when they started developing the Black Series SLS.
But they did have a point. Because the standard SLS was never really at home on a racetrack. It may easily set your trousers on fire, but never won a prize for fastest lap-times or cornering accuracy. The back end was to loose and a quite lousy traction-level, so the 6.2 litre V8 smoked the tires quite fast.
The gullwing therefore is more a grand tourer and heavy muscle car – what the Black Series wants to change radically. The guys at AMG ripped out 70kg of equipment (remaining 1550kg), tweaked the engine up to 631PS (and lost some torque due to more aggressive camshafts), fiddled with the DCT-transmission software and uprateted the suspension. But that’s not it. The gullwing got bigger. And fatter. The flared the wheelarches (+13mm front, +26mm rear), added lots of carbon fiber and attached spiltters to the front and a massive wing to the back.
And the results are truly great. The Black gullwing feels now very at home on track. The steering may be the best part of it: very precise, if not tactile , it kind of darts the SLS into corners and the new – and very sticky – Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires hold the heavy racer exactly on the chosen line. Then there is the new electronically operated limited slip diff in the back and the superb throttel response oft hat glorious engine – boy, you just have to love this.
Sure, all this comes with a price. 249.990€ reads the chart. That is not far away from the 268.400€ of the magnificant Ferrari F12berlinetta and way more expensive than other track-rockets like the Porsche GT3 RS or Mc Laren MP4-12C. But a Black Series AMG has never been the last word in trackday-performance or discrete styling. They have always been hooligans out of Stuttgart. And the SLS Black is there best yet.
oh and yes, you most probably spotted the E63 AMG in there too, we had the chance to drive that puppy too, but I didn’t find the time, so I just threw those on there with the rest, Fabian has a nice post about the car in german though too, when they test-drove the car in Barcelona.