The most hardcore iteration of the SLS AMG with the Black Series moniker is said to borrow bits and pieces from the race-spec GT3 model including parts for the heavily tweaked 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 622hp (631PS) at 7,400rpm, 39hp more than the 2013 SLS AMG (583hp / 591PS).
On the other hand, the Black Series’ V8 delivers 11 lb-ft less torque at 468lb ft arriving at 5,500rpm. It is said to complete the 0-100km/h (62mph) in 3.6 seconds and top out at 315km/h (196mph), making it 0.1 seconds faster in the sprint but 1mph or 2km/h slower in terms of maximum speed.
Other noteworthy changes include a revamped chassis with wider tracks, reprogrammed electronics, lowered suspension and carbon ceramic breaks, plus new 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, and an assortment of aero upgrades.
The racing version of the Mercedes-BenzSLS AMG Coupethat has been developed for the GT3 series has, so far, won three driver and team titles: the FIA GT1 World Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA GT3 European Championship.
In celebration of AMG’s 45th birthday, Mercedeshas created the SLS AMG GT3 “45th Anniversary”, which according to the company, is aimed “at car collectors with a particular penchant for motor racing”.
The car is deemed a collector’s item, as it will be built in just five examples, with Bernd Schneider, who has won five DTM titles as well as the 1995 FIA GT world championship, assisting the AMG engineer in installing the 6.3-liter V8 into the car and putting his signature, alongside the engineer’s, on each of the five V8s.
Priced at €446,250 (US$579,900) including VAT in Germany, the special edition bears a number of exterior and interior changes compared to the 49 other racing versions of the SLS AMG that have already been delivered to customers around the world since 2011.
The new SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the second model in the brand’s rangeafter the B-Class conceptto incorporate the “Electric Drive” designation, which will be used on all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and Smart.
The high-tech SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive utilizes four electric motors positioned close to the wheels, and which produce a combined output of 740Hp (552kW or 751PS) and a maximum torque of 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft), making it the most powerful production AMG model of all time.
The battery-powered SLS AMG is said to accelerate from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in just 3.9 seconds with its top speed electronically governed at 250km/h (155mph).
First deliveries of the limited run SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive will begin in July of 2013 with prices in Germany starting at a whopping €416,500 (US$536,200 at the current exchange rates), or more than twice the cost of the petrol engine-powered SLS AMG GT (€204,680).
Mercedes-Benz has upgraded its F1 Safety Car replacing the SLS AMG with the newer SLS AMG GT. The GT evolution of the gull-wing model made its first appearance in a race situation at this month’s 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix and will also be deployed at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix.
The GT model comes with improved driving dynamics, better on-track performance, a 20Hp boost for a total of 583hp (591PS) from its 6.2-liter V8 and new design features such as the darkened headlamps and taillights and the grille finish.
The changes over the regular production model are kept to a minimum and include a specially developed and more sonorous rear silencer, F1 decals, safety lights on the rear window, bucket seats with six-point seat belts, two central screens that allow the driver and co-pilot to monitor the progress of the race and a radio system to communicate with the organizers.