Here’s Why The SL 65 AMG Black Series Is One Of The Best Mercedes Sports Cars Ever

Dan Smith

mercedes-AMG models have always been great driver's cars, coming in multiple forms as heavily beefed-up versions of the regular Mercedes models, with plenty of performance and aggressive looks. , taking things one step further in every sense of the word, has a special family of unique and ultra-rare vehicles: the Black Series models. In total there are currently six Mercedes-AMG performance cars with the BS badge, including the latest 2021 GT Black Series. The coolest and most respected iteration of all. With breathtaking design and plenty of power to rival the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 and Ferrari 599, the AMG SL 65 Black Series is one of the best sports cars Mercedes has ever built. One. Let's get into the details. RELATED: 10 Reasons Why The New 2023 Mercedes-AMG S63 Will Be The Best-Performing Limousine Ever

The 2006 Mercedes AMG SL 65 Black Series is a monster with a V12

Underneath the SL 65 Black Series' plush downslope bonnet lies a handcrafted, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 producing 661 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission that feeds the rear wheels, the SL 65 AMG Black Series can go from 0 to 100 miles in just 3.6 seconds. It maxes out at a top speed of 200 mph. The transmission manages the power of the SL 65 Black Series well and offers four different drive modes, including a high-performance M2 manual option with 20% faster response time than the normal manual setting. It also has an automatic dual-clutch feature that makes shifts feel instantly, with maximum torque available from 2,200 rpm to 4,200 rpm, so you can downshift whenever the opportunity arises. RELATED: Here are the biggest issues with Mercedes-AMG GT supercar ownership

AMG SL 65 Black Series completely rebuilt

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
While based on the usual 2006 Mercedes SL convertible sports car, the Black Series SL 65 received so many enhancements that it was basically a completely new car when it was released. AMG first removed the entire drop-top structure of the regular SL and replaced it with a fixed roof of carbon fiber reinforced polymer with an integrated roll bar, reducing weight while significantly lowering the vehicle's roofline. AMG also incorporated a CPRF retractable rear spoiler that rises above 75 mph, aggressively flared fenders, a low drooping lip and a beefed-up rear diffuser. In fact, carbon fiber and other lightweight materials are used extensively throughout the body of the 2006 SL 65 Black Series, saving 551 pounds over the regular SL. RELATED: 10 luxury sports sedans to rival the 2023 Mercedes AMG S63

The Mercedes SL 65 Black Series boasts AMG's best suspension

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Every aspect of the SL 65 BS is purely optimized for performance, including the all-important suspension and chassis tuning. It comes with a then-new coilover suspension setup with adjustable shock absorbers and rebuilt spring links, camber and tension rods. The Black Series has a 115 mm wider front axle track, a 103 mm wider rear axle than the regular SL and a modified steering ratio on the front axle. Combine that with the ultra-precise and responsive steering of the SL 65 Black Series, and you have a complete track beast, along with a three-stage ESP stability control system, offering immense handling ability and plenty of grip. RELATED: Why This Car Reviewer Loves the Mercedes AMG CLA 35

The 2006 Mercedes AMG SL 65 Black Series is gorgeous

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One of the most iconic details of the entire SL 65 Black Series, it cannot be accurately quantified or replicated. Its completely timeless design. In typical Black Series fashion, one look at the AMG SL 65 BS is enough to tell how special a vehicle it is. Everything from the huge flared fenders with huge air outlets, to the overall pure coupe body shape, to the glorious quad exhaust system built into the race, all come together seamlessly to make the most It forms one of the iconic sports car designs. like a diffuser. It's hard to deny his one aspect of the SL 65 Black Series image. It prioritizes function over form and still manages to make it feel effortlessly beautiful. In short, the 2006 Mercedes-AMG SL 65 Black Series is a true sports car icon. With only 350 of his surviving and the entire V12-equipped sports car rapidly disappearing, the SL 65 BS is a dying representative of racing, and the car industry will never see such a car again. I can assure you that I will not. Source: Mercedes