Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the 622-horsepower V8-powered SLS AMG Black Series ahead of its public debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The car displays a series of aerodynamic and mechanical developments transferred over from the SLS AMG GT3, in this, the fifth in a series of limited-production Black Series models, following from the high-priced SLK55, CLK55, SL65 and C63 AMG coupe.

The car comes dripping with carbon fibre as standard, the front spoiler has a carbon fibre splitter, carbon fibre winglets aid airflow to the front brakes and the carbon fibre bonnet has a large central duct for improved engine cooling.

The front wings are extended by half an inch and rear wings are stretched by 1.1 inches, necessitated by the car’s widened tracks and larger wheels and tires, wider sills with carbon fibre inserts and a significantly larger carbon fibre rear diffuser.

The Black Series adopts a number of advanced composite weight-saving measures shared with the SLS AMG electric drive revealed at the Paris motor show. The Black Series also uses a carbon fibre rear bulkhead and center tunnel, which cut about 154 pounds from the standard issue’s 3,417-pound weight.

The first deliveries of the SLS AMG Black Series are planned to get underway in June 2013.