SLS BLACK SERIES VID
AMG shows off new SLS Black Series in a flashy video, forgets to include engine noise
This goes back to AMG's roots as a race engine builder, the firm's early road tuning efforts even going as far as building bespoke four-valve heads for otherwise lazy Mercedes V8s of course.
The Black Series upgrades are old-school race tuning stuff too, including a raised rev limit (now 8,000rpm), modified camshafts and cam timing, 'optimised' bucket tappets and improved breathing. All backed up with stronger con-rod assemblies, beefier crankshaft bearings and improved lubrication driven by a new oil pump.
It's a proper job this Black Series too and as close to the GT3 racer as we'll be getting for now. Sure, the (wide)bodykit and optional aero addenda smack slightly of aftermarket bling but the engineering and weight savings - 70kg over the standard SLS to a commendable 1,550kg thanks to stuff like a lithium ion battery saving 8kg on its own - are all the real deal. The weight loss and extra power mean a couple of tenths off the 0-62mph time - now 3.6 seconds - but the shorter final drive and extra aero mean top speed is actually down a smidge to 196mph from 197mph.
the vid for the 45th Anniversary version of that teasing with a hint of engine noise through the side exhausts (sadly not carried over to the Black Series). Before the inevitable overblown musical soundtrack kicks in. Guys, play to your strengths, please. Let the German engineering do the talking, not the German taste in music...
GT3 45th Anniversary edition vid: