Mercedes-Benz: SLS AMG Black Series Caught Storming the ‘Ring

June 18, 2012

This was the sort of thing that was always lingering away in the ‘Inevitable’ files of modern Benz motoring ever since the God-of-Thunder SLS was bestowed upon the motoring landscape back in 2010 – an AMG ‘Black Series’ version of the gullwinged ‘bahn-stormer due in 2013.

Spy shots a-plenty have come scourging in from the formidable testing ground for all-things fast and rumbly over the past several months showing an SLS clad in awkward body-armour, permeating its signature bark ‘n wail throughout the twisting and diving Eiffel region. Now, fresh onto the Land o’ Internet comes this newest video showing the forthcoming SLS Black negotiating a slow-speed corner before rousing up a mechanically thunderous soundtrack to the delight of onlookers and YouTubers…

Aside from the obvious wheel-arch extensions to accomodate a slightly wider track (and wheels), the word on the street seems to be that this next AMG Black Edition will come embellished with close to (a faintly ridiculous) 650 bhp and an even-faster shifting version of the 7-speed DCT gearbox (same one used in the Ferrari 458). Shame that no proper manual transmission will ever be offered – think of how truly exciting that would be..! Hello AMG…?!?

Further details on the SLS Black are unsurprisingly scant at best for now, so why not have a gander below at the Black Series lineage so far to date in helping to remind of AMG’s bouts of occassional madness (and the not-so – hello SLK55 ‘Black’) within this often-dour automotive shift plane…

The ’07-’09 CLK63 AMG Black

The bonkers ’09 SL65 AMG Black

The not-so bonkers SLK55 AMG Black…

The latest Black – the C63 AMG

-Blake J.
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Video: The Sounds of 2011

December 27, 2011

Throughout this past year, there have been some heavily impressive creations within the exotic/sportscar realms. The Ferrari 458, the 997-series-ending Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the McLaren MP4-12C, the BMW 1M, the Mercedes C63 AMG, the Lamborghini Aventador… the list goes on.

Here we present you with a video compilation from YouTube user jorrie2 displaying the various new sounds of 2011 mixed with some tasty bits of the old….

The internal-combustion’ed high-performance engine shall never die…!

-Blake J.
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Leaked Photos: 2012 Mercedes SL – Inbred German Styling-fest Continues..!

December 13, 2011

Funny how these things transpire sometimes. Last night I was out for a wintery walk in the neighborhood when I found myself doing a double-take towards a rumbling, long-nosed Mercedes as it slowly drove on by. My initial, one-eyed glance told my brain that it was an SLR Supercar, which in turn prompted both of my eyes’ attention to reveal that it was actually just an AMG-tweaked SL…

The new 2012 Mercedes SL

Which then got me thinking about the current/new Mercedes ‘sporting’ line-up… and how the new SLK looks like it’s attempting an ill-conceived, poorly-proportioned impression of the blindingly stunning SLS AMG Gullwing Supercar… well, at least in the front.

2012 Mercedes SL interior

Yet then, upon viewing these new ‘leaked’ photos from Autoblog.nl of the new 2012 SL I couldn’t help surmising that it looks like a lengthened, widened, sleeker SLK… which, apart from the headlamps and other minor styling cues, is now actually closer in style/looks to the new SLS AMG Roadster

The new 2012 Mercedes SL - A sexier SLK...? or a watered-down SLS Roadster... ?

And yes yes… I’m fully aware that this is the ‘SL’ line of Mercedes 2-seater automobiles and that similarities are bound to be found (the old SLK looked a lot like a cutesy SLR), but I don’t think I’d be too far off the mark by proclaiming that this has become Inbred Automotive Styling (via Porsche) in full-effect here folks…

The new 2012 SL - taking more than inspiration from...

...the AMG SLS Roadster... ?

2012 SLK - looks like an SLS (head on)

-Blake J.
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