Mercedes-Benz simply posted some highlights from its old AMG Black Series catalogue. Here is a post running the AMG production automobiles which have been deemed worthy of Black Series badges, since these cars are awesome.
The German automaker resurfaced these specs as a mini-retrospective to give context for a new Black Series automobile slated to drop this week. It reminded me of just how sweet the CLK 63 AMG Black Series is. (Stands for: Chonky Appears Kül.) (Not really.)
Anyhow, it’s as good an excuse as any to talk about a few sweet Mercs.
Stare at the second-gen (R171) Mercedes SLK long enough, maybe after a few puffs of modern medicine, and the car starts to seem just like the superheroic SLR McLaren. But the SLK wasn’t really made as a monster. It was a fun and comfy backroader. The SLK 55 AMG Black Series, nevertheless, was a wacky outlier as a result of the massive engine shoehorned under the hood and fixed roof.
You can recognize one by its fender flares, carbon fiber trim pieces, and trendy game chairs. However, you won’t have to worry about that, as it’s not likely you will ever see one.
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- Developed in the AMG Performance Studio for exclusive models, opened in 2006.
- Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 5.5-liter V8 with 400 HP, 383 lb-ft torque.
- Entry: 2006-2007, only 120 units generated. (N/A in U.S. marketplace )
- Particular enhancements: Retractable hardtop replaced with lightweight fixed unit, almost 100pounds shaved from regular SLK 55 with light-weighting measures.
Famously beloved, except when it was not , by known car-driver Jeremy Clarkson, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series is one of the coolest things Mercedes has put on the road. I can not tell if it’s supposed to look like a muscle car that is updated a tuner car, or even a GT having a bad attitude. I believe that the answer is”yes to all,” which is probably why I love it so much.
The fender flares really step up the aggression of this second-gen (C209) CLK in a way that’s still cohesive and trendy looking. It is not the supreme CLK, since of course, that the CLK GTR exists. Nonetheless, it’s widely considered among the very best fast Benzes and I’m inclined to concur. (Though, sadly, I haven’t had the liberty of driving you.)
- Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-liter V8, generating 500 HP, 465 lb-ft torque.
- Entry: 2008, 700 units produced internationally.
- Particular enhancements: Adaptive coil-springs, additional interior bracing with rear-seat delete, and a DTM-inspired broad body with extended track front and back
The Mercedes SL was on a downward slope from significance since the fifth-generation (R230) was”facelifted” towards the conclusion of the 2000s for this layout. That’s my opinion, not true, but you are in my blog today so you are only going to have to take it.
The signature Black Series flares certainly gave it some presence, however. Along with also a twin-turbo V12, I mean, come on. That slaps in any century. Hilariously, that engine was bolted up to some five-speed automatic, and which looks primitive by comparison.
- Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 6.0-liter V12 Biturbo with 661 HP, 738 lb-ft torque.
- Availability: 2009, 350 units produced worldwide
- Particular improvements: The sole body panels shared with all the contemporary SL were the doors and side mirrors; everything was unique about the Black Series and replaced with lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic panels. The retractable hardtop is fixed in place, unlike the SL.
This C-Class is the”lowkey” Black collection Benz. Compared to the other machines in this lineup, the C 63 AMG Black Series’ fender-widening treatment is completely subtle. Still, if you spot the rear-facing port you might be taking a look at a real one.
Look carefully though, if you’re a car-spotting stickler since these floor effects have been duplicated by the aftermarket.
- Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-liter V8 with 510 HP, 457 lb-ft torque.
- Availability: 2013, 800 made globally.
- Unique enhancements: Widened monitor and bodywork, Coil-over suspension, AMG high- performance composite two-piece steering and track-refined aerodynamic enhancements.
The SLS super GT was never a particularly subtle car, but the standard version is rather elegant so long as you’re not bothered by novelty upward-opening doors. The SLS AMG Black Series adds some vents, side skirts, plus a big old wing into a layout and the effect has not aged particularly well.
I’m not against massaging some more aggression out of fast GT cars, but there’s far too much going on visually to get this version of the SLS to appear nice. But, if you want your SLS with an additional 40-odd HP, this was the one to get.
- Performance: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine with 622 HP, 468 lb-ft torque. )
- Availability: 2014, fewer than 200 imported to the USA.
- Unique enhancements: Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, a mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics, and uncompromising lightweight construction. With a curb weight of 3,417 pounds, the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series attained a power/weight ratio of 5. 49 lb/hp.
(Release Date: July 14, 2020.) I will update this post Once I get some more inf