The’AMG Black Series’ is a more powerful limited edition model than the existing AMG, and is a lineup that Mercedes AMG is in charge of planning and manufacturing. AMG has unveiled the Black Series lineup for a total of six so far, and today we will look at the performance and design of each model.
The Black Series begins with the SLK 55 AMG Black Series. This vehicle is based on the second-generation SLK 55, which was unveiled in 2004. Unlike the original model, which was a roadster, the Black Series version was changed to a coupe type with a carbon roof to reduce the weight of the vehicle.
The powertrain of the second generation SLK 55 was equipped with a 1.8 to 3.5 liter V6 engine, while the SLK 55 AMG was equipped with a 5.5 liter V8 engine, delivering up to 355 horsepower and 53.0 kg.m of torque.
This engine became even more powerful in the SLK 55 AMG Black Series, which had the same maximum torque on the same 5.5-liter V8 engine, but increased horsepower to 400 hp. Through this, the SLK 55 AMG Black Series reached 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h.
In addition, the front fender is wider, and the 19-inch forged wheels are equipped with Pirelli high-performance tires. In addition, both the chassis and braking system have been newly improved for high performance. Back in 2006, AMG sold only 100 SLK 55 AMG Black Series for around 107,000 euros.
The second lineup is the CLK 63 AMG Black Series, which was unveiled in 2007. This model was produced based on the 2nd generation CLK, and it was a vehicle that AMG showed off by more powerful tuning of the CLK 63 AMG, the official safety car of the F1 at the time, to commemorate its 40th anniversary.
The powertrain was equipped with a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 engine, delivering up to 507 horsepower and 64.2 kg.m of torque. Based on this, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series boasts a zero-back of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h. In addition, AMG’s 7G-TRONIC speed shift was able to reduce shift times by 20% and was equipped with 19-inch AMG forged wheels along with the AMG sports suspension.
As it is a high-performance model, there have been several changes in design, but a huge new air duct has been created at the bottom of the front, and the width of the vehicle is widened through the flared fender type. The door panel and rear spoiler are made of carbon fiber to reduce weight, and the inside also contributed to weight reduction by removing unnecessary second row seats.
The CLK63 AMG Black Series boasted a powerful driving performance that would be overwhelming for ordinary drivers to say that there was a warning message saying’Please leave traction control on unconditionally’. Finally, this model was sold in a limited amount in 2007 for around $135,000.
The third black series appeared is the SL65 AMG black series. 2008 The SL65 AMG Black Series, built on the basis of the 5th generation SL model, is built on the premise of circuit driving, not on the general road.
The roof of this model is also made of carbon fiber for the same weight as the SLK 55 AMG Black Series, and the same material is used for the hood, fender and trunk panel. Through this, the SL65 AMG Black Series was able to achieve an empty vehicle weight of 1,870 kg, which is 250 kg less than the previous SL model.
In addition, the racing technology that Mercedes has accumulated in the DTM race is applied to this model, and the 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine delivers up to 670 horsepower and 102 kg.m of torque. This, in harmony with the AMG Speed Shift Plus 5-speed automatic transmission, achieved a zero-back of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (electronic limit).
SL65 AMG Black Series Inside, the AMG Sport Suspension is fitted and the trunk lid has a variable rear spoiler. It automatically rises to a height of 12 cm at a speed of 130 km/h to increase downforce. As for the exterior, the huge front air vent and the fender boasting an enormous width create a sporty feel unique to the high-performance model.
Carbon and leather materials are used inside, and even though it is a high-performance model that focuses on track driving such as air conditioner and navigation, various convenience specifications are applied as standard. At the time, Mercedes sold the SL65 AMG Black Series for a limited price of 350 units at a price of about 440 million won.
The fourth model is the C63 AMG Black Series, which was unveiled in 2011. This model is based on the 3rd generation C-Class Coupe, and is equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine from the C63 AMG. However, we shared the main parts of the engine, such as forged pistons, crankshafts, connecting rods, and ECUs, with the SLS AMG, the top lineup at the time.
Through this, the C63 AMG Black Series showed a maximum of 517 horsepower and 63.2 kg·m of torque, an increase of 60 horsepower compared to the C63 AMG, and boasted a zero-back of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h. Powerful power is transmitted to the road through the AMG Speedshift 7-speed MCT transmission, with AMG coil-over sports suspension, AMG brake system and titanium gray lightweight wheels as standard.
The appearance of the C63 AMG Black Series, like other Black Series models, exudes the force of high-performance models, but the size of the fender has increased and a large air vent is applied to the front. In addition, the aerodynamic performance was further improved with the AMG Track Package, which includes the Aerodynamics Package.
For lighter weight, the hood is made of aluminum, the front fender is made of plastic, and the inner second row seats have been removed. Available in black, silver, red, matte silver, matte white and matte black, the C63 AMG Black series sold for around 115,000 euros at the time.
The fifth model is the SLS AMG Black Series. This vehicle was built on the basis of the SLS AMG and was equipped with a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 engine, delivering up to 631 horsepower and 64.8 kg.m of torque. Through this, it boasted a zero-back of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h.
The power of the engine was transmitted to the wheels through an automatic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted 10mm lower than before. The vehicle’s space frame has been changed from aluminum to carbon and reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the exhaust system has been replaced with titanium. In addition, weight reduction has been achieved throughout the vehicle, achieving an empty vehicle weight of 1,550kg, which is about 70kg lighter than before.
The exterior has also undergone a major change, with a canard for improved aerodynamic performance and an engine heat outlet at the top of the hood. The biggest change was the side, a huge air duct that was not available before, and the rocker panel was also redesigned. The wheel arch has been increased by 20mm and 24mm, respectively, on the front and rear to accommodate larger tires.
The rear is equipped with a massive wing made of carbon, and the muffler has been rearranged in a quad format. The inner seats have been replaced with bucket seats to reduce unnecessary weight, and carbon fiber and gray Alcantara are applied throughout the cabin. In addition, a red stitch angle was applied to add a point.
The SLS AMG Black Series, which incorporates lightweight and advanced technology, was sold for about $200,000 in 2012.
The last is the most recently released AMG GT Black Series. The AMG GT Black Series is based on the AMG GT with GT3 racing technology and is the most powerful model in AMG history. This model is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with double plane flanks that delivers up to 720 horsepower and 81.7 kg.m of torque, with a zero-back of 3.2 seconds, a zero-back of less than 9 seconds, and a top speed of 325 km/h.
Not only the performance but also the exterior gives off the feel of a GT3 vehicle. The front bumper is equipped with a manually adjustable carbon splitter, and the hood and sides are equipped with massive air ducts that were not previously available. The side scuds and the bottom of the bumper are made of carbon, and the massive rear wing operates in a two-tier structure.
In particular, the central part of the wing is electrically powered and can be moved individually up to 20 degrees. The body’s coil-over suspension is made with the same settings as the AMG GT R and has AMG ride control. The 19-inch and 20-inch wheels, respectively, are paired with Michelin Pilot Sports Cup 2 R tires specially designed for this model.
Based on its strong performance, the AMG GT Black Series renewed the production car lap time on the Nurburgring race track, which increased the Aventador SVJ’s record by 1 second with a record of 6 minutes 43 seconds and 616. The AMG GT Black Series is expected to be sold in earnest starting this year at a price of $326,050 in North America.
So far, we have learned about the AMG Black Series. As new models emerged, I could feel AMG’s technological prowess further developing, and I’m looking forward to the 7th Black Series model to be released in the future, and I will finish today. Thank you.