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Mercedes SL 65 AMG in the test: Black Series Coupé with 670 PS

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Mercedes SL 65 AMG in the test
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H ockenheim, where else? Only here can you face this over-Mercedes. It is the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series (in German: black series). The name giver is not the paint, but the soul: deep, dark, profound. As if the gullet in the front showed the direct route into the realm of the shadows.

The Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series is about to ski in the test

But now the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series is aiming first towards the light. Or heaven. Has there always been this hill, the exit of the Sachskurve? At the moment, the Mercedes SL is about to ski flying. At least emotionally. When using 1,000 Nm, one is not sure whether the Mercedes SL AMG Black Series wants to stay connected to the earth or escape the longitudinal dynamics. Over the horizon. Or simply in the gravel bed. He pushes, presses, pushes. So strong that the next day sore muscles hit my neck. The passage between the Sachskurve and the valley has always been full. A left-right chicane, designed so that you can drive through it as a straight line.

Introduction: a wide arc, at least so far. At the moment, however, the bend is turning into a curve, the surprised body hangs in the seat shell, the head slightly crooked. And the mind is also confused: who, please, moved the braking point forward? This Mercedes SL 65 AMG is the most powerful production car that auto motor und sport has tested so far - with 670 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. You bred a monster in the Swabian province, there at AMG in Affalterbach. A Mercedes SL, pumped full of steroids.

Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series: Muscle mutation weighing 1,881 kilograms

The six-liter V12 received two turbochargers with a larger spiral cross-section, optimized wastegate channels , 30 percent more powerful intercooler, a faster-shifting five-speed automatic. The Mercedes SL 65 AMG in its previous form couldn't cope with all of this. During the muscle mutation, the wheel arches bent groaning under the anabolic violence - and finally gave way: Now the Mercedes SL is oozing out. Except for the rear fenders, the new body is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, including the new, solid roof. Mister Universum SL is a coupe. In addition to the folding facial expressions, including hydraulics and electric motors, the previous inner door paneling and theelectric seat adjustment.

In total, AMG saves 250 kilograms on the Mercedes SL 65 AMG. Nevertheless: The word lightweight construction is not easy to formulate - with a remaining weight of 1,881 kilograms. AMG did not want to forego the convenience of automatic air conditioning, screen navigation and keyless go. When braking, the sheer mass of the Mercedes SL 65 AMG pushes further. The pedal becomes hard and difficult to dose. Delaying into the turn-in point? Difficult. Late brakes balance on the last groove. Only one sensation, as can be seen when reading it later - the measured average delay, on the other hand, is phenomenal at around eleven m /s2. The problem is the stretch in front of the braking zone: the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series uses even the shortest straights to drag stripes and accelerates to barely tangible dimensions. 1,000 Nm then want to be captured again.

Broadened track and modified wheel suspension on the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black

In curves, you can leave this to the ESP stability control on the Mercedes SL 65 AMG, However, this leads to rigorous mortification - of the 670 hp, only 70 remain, the rest is slowed down. The sport mode allows a lot more, but even here the driver has to be extremely careful on the gas to escape the ESP shackle. AMG widened the track and modified the wheel suspension for better mechanical traction. Even when maneuvering in the underground garage in the morning, you can feel the harder tied push, camber and tension struts as well as the lighter wheel carriers.

Parking with the Mercedes SL 65 is no easy exercise

And that Heavily locked rear axle (40 percent in thrust) of the Mercedes SL 65 AMG: When the front wheels are fully turned, the Black Series jerks loudly and noticeably out of the parking space through to the steering. Incidentally, it should be so big that there would also be space for a Mercedes S-Class - in the Black Series there are completely racing cars, no parking aid, hardly any steering angle and little overview. The Mercedes SL 65 Black Series clearly shows that it doesn't want to park but drive. City pace requires fine motor exercise in the accelerator and gear stage C for comfort. Only then does the ESP lamp not flash continuously. Also be careful of oncoming traffic in narrow streets - the wide-body rear-end à la 1980s needs space to walk around, calls for the red carpet of a boulevard.

All chassis settings can be set on the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series

Then the cell phone cameras click in the traffic light cycle. It is nice for the driver to avoid manhole covers so that the camera chips do not store a shaky body; The suspension of the Mercedes SL 65 AMG only intervenes at country road speed, and even increases on the autobahn to the range of long-distance suitability. In the Black Series, it works passively - for the most active form of driving. TheCoilover suspension offers all the freedom to vote. But whether buyers of the Mercedes SL 65 AMG go into the greasy lowlands to adjust the vehicle height? At most it should click on the rebound and compression stages.

In the test, the Black Series does not manage the sprint in under four seconds

AMG has neutralized the Black Series - based on warm-up sports tires. In the cold state, the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT understeer even in fast motorway exits. And when it is wet? Better take your first, second or third car. Even on the grippy asphalt in Hockenheim there is smoke: the Mercedes SL 65 AMG the wide 325 mm rear tires, the driver's head because he cannot break the four-second barrier for the sprint to 100 km /h (factory specification: 3.8 seconds ). It is similar with the driving dynamics; the super sports car competitors like Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 or Porsche GT2 would give the Black Series a lesson in lateral dynamics. There is only one discipline that the AMG Black Series can do better: drifting until the Hockenheim Motodrom is smoked blue. 320 customers have proven that the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series is still worth a utopian 327,250 euros - sold out, reports Mercedes.

With its high consumption, the Mercedes SL 65 AMG is one of yesterday's

Around 50 of them stay in Germany. Will they often see the light beyond the neon garage lights? Or are the owners worried about their reputation? Because with an average consumption of 17 liters of Super Plus per 100 kilometers, the Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Series is yesterday. He tells of a time when you still showed off your performance cash and burned fossil fuels with lust. The next AMG super sports car must be able to do more than that.


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