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Mercedes unleashes SLS Black Series

Yellow is the new black for the latest and beastliest AMG Black Series. Mercedes-Benz has spilled the beans on the most sinister petrol-powered SLS yet.

Technically it's not the most powerful SLS ever - the SLS Electric Drive takes that honour for those that enjoy a limited range and the silent treatment.

We have no doubt, however, that the SLS AMG Black Series will be the most enticing SLS out there.

Let's take a look at the cold hard facts. Beneath that long bonnet you'll find a tinkered version of AMG's high-revving 6.2-litre V8 heart, which pushes 464kW at 7400rpm and 634Nm at 5500rpm.

To put that into perspective, the standard SLS GT (that's due soon) is good for 435kW, although the latter does have a tad more torque - 648Nm. Mercedes-Benz says the Black Series will get from standstill to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, shaving 0.1 seconds off the GT's time, and it's credited with a top speed of 315km/h.

The extra urge is owed to improved cooling, new air intake and revised camshafts, among other small modifications. Power is shoved to the back wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. To keep things a little tidier in the bends, this 'Benz sports a new electronic locking diff.

Extensive use of carbon fibre in the body kit and interior components, along with items like a carbon fibre driveshaft, makes the Black Series 70kg lighter than the GT, tipping the scales at just 1550kg. Sorry geeks, but the slimming procedure also entailed the removal of the Comand multimedia systems.

Adding to the visual delight, and cornering prowess, is a set of 20-inch lightweight alloys that conceal carbon ceramic brakes. However, the adjustable rear wing that you see in the pictures does not come standard, but as part of a carbon fibre aero pack option.

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