Mercedes-Benz Goes Back to Black with SL65

April 15, 2008

The most powerful Mercedes-Benz SL roadster ever goes on sale next year -- and this morning Motor Trend spilled their guts on the details of the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series.

The Black Series takes the AMG V-8 engine and twists it until it screams -- upping horsepower by 66 to a total of 670 hp, MT reports, and torque to 738 lb-ft. Though it's capable of 220 mph, Benz will limit top speed to 186 mph. The buff book estimates the SL65 Black Series can rocket to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.

A five-speed automatic is the sole gearbox, and the Black Series gets a fixed roof, along with flared fenders made of carbon fiber. The electronic suspension in the standard SL range is dumped in favor of an adjustable coil spring suspension, and 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are fitted. Overall the Black Series loses 570 pounds versus the stock SL-Class, but still pushes 4080 pounds.

Expect a sticker price well over $200,000 this fall -- and a relatively brief window of opportunity, as Mercedes only plans to build 350 copies total for worldwide consumption.

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