The latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series has extensive performance upgrades to match its striking good looks. Underneath the hood, the 6.2-liter V8 produces 622 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of nearly 40 horsepower over the SLS AMG G. The redline has been raised to 8,000 RPM, with a zero to 60 acceleration time rated at 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Additional tweaks include a revised valve-train, intake air ducting modifications, and a modified ECU. Improved handling comes courtesy of a wide range of upgrades, including ceramic brakes with two-piece rotors (measuring 15.8-inches in the front and 14.2-inches at the rear wheels), adjustable coil over suspension, electronically controlled rear differential and a track widened by almost an entire inch.
Curb weight is down to 3,417 pounds, 154 pounds below the SLS AMG. It’s a figure achieved through the use of those aforementioned ceramic brakes, saving 35.3 pounds, plus an additional 29.3 pounds by substituting a CFRP engine-to-transmission torque tube instead aluminum, and 28.7 pounds from the titanium exhaust system. Additionally, the car’s conventional battery is replaced with a lithium-ion battery for another 17.6-pound reduction in weight. Forged 10-spoke wheels — 10×19 inches in front and 12×20 inches in the rear — shave another 8.8-pounds of weight. The matte-black wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, 275/35 R19 in front and 325/30 R20 in the rear. Check out more looks in the gallery below, and expect the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series to go on sale next summer.