Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series (Cars & Coffee of the Upstate)
Photographed at the Cars & Coffee of the Upstate.
Location: Michelin North America Headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina. Address: 1 Parkway S, Greenville, SC 29615
SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a supercar version of SLS AMG Coupé inspired by the racing version of the SLS AMG GT3. It includes increased engine power to 631 PS (464 kW; 622 hp) and decreased torque to 635 N⋅m (468 lb⋅ft), increased engine’s redline 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. This results in a 0-60 speed of 3.5 seconds (1/10 of a second faster than the non-Black Series SLS), and a top speed of 196 mph (1 mph slower than the non-Black series). The vehicle is 70 kg (150 lb) lighter than the standard model. This is accomplished by increased use of carbon fibre in body panels, mechanical components, and the spaceframe. Further, a switch from steel to titanium for the exhaust reduces weight by 13 kg (29 lb). The use of lithium-ion battery reduces weight by 8 kg (18 lb). The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission is installed 10mm lower in order to achieve a lower centre of gravity for the vehicle and is braced against the body by gas-filled struts in order to avoid stress cycles. The transmission’s "Sport plus" and "Manual" modes feature faster shifting speed. The downshifting throttle blips are more audible. The new temporary M mode enables the driver to activate manual mode without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel, by pressing the "up" or "down" shift paddle once. Other features include electronically controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock with a shorter rear-axle ratio, new AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension (tauter basic tuning and electronically controlled two-stage damping, coil-over spring retainers to enable adjustment of wheel loads, elastokinematics 50 / 42% more rigid (front/rear axle), track width increased by 20 / 24 millimetres (front/rear axle), new wheel carriers on front axle and new front stabiliser tuning, matte black with high-sheen AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels in particularly light forged design with optimised strength (10×19-inch front, 12×20-inch rear), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyres (275/35 R 19 front, 325/30 R 20 rear), AMG speed-sensitive steering with newly defined power steering characteristic), AMG ceramic brake discs (402 x 39 millimetres front and 360 x 32 millimetres rear) with increased hardness, wide flared wings with an added width of 13 mm (front) and 26 mm (rear) on each side, darkened headlamps and black surrounds for the rear lights, front apron and rear apron with diffusor along with side sill panels in Black Series-specific design (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic front splitter, carbon inserts in the side sills and the rear apron made of carbon fibre, enlarged air intakes with carbon-fibre flics), carbon-fibre bonnet with central air outlet, Alcantara black or Alcantara black/red interior AMG Performance steering wheel with Alcantara upholstery, metal bezel features a high-gloss black paint finish to match the high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents, Alcantara strip in anthracite across the entire width of dashboard leather with red contrasting stitching in the leather, designo leather and Alcantara upholstery (including bottom section of the dashboard, door centre panels and on the AMG sports bucket seats in Alcantara), deleted COMAND APS multimedia system replaced by a carbon-fibre trim element (COMAND APS is optionally available), AMG DRIVE UNIT, red seat belts and red contrasting stitching on the AMG sports bucket seats, the upper and lower section of the dashboard and the door panelling; floor mats with red edging, optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system. Optional AMG Aerodynamics package includes a fixed adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil in the style of the SLS AMG GT3, rear aerofoil braced by aluminium elements on a special insert on the boot lid, additional carbon-fibre flics on the front apron. New body colour choice include AMG solar beam (total 7, including matte paint designo magno alanite grey) Other options include 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 vehicle was unveiled in 2012 LA Auto Show, with a market launch that began in June 2013. US model went on sale in summer 2013 as 2014 model year vehicle. The production breakdown for the 2014 SLS Black Series Coupe in the USA: 132 – total vehicles of which: 39 (-197 Obsidian Black), 32 (-048 designo Mystic White), 30 (-278 Solarbeam Yellow), 10 (-756 Imola Grey), 7 (-775 Iridium Silver), 7 (-044 Magno Alanite Grey), 5 (-590 Mars Red), 1 (-494 LeMans Red (pre-production car that was built before 494 was cancelled on the SLS platform)), and 1 (-777 Silver Arrow (one-off car made for internal purposes))
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By @CarShowShooter on 2018-02-24 10:02:35