by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series tried out on the Ring

Spring has come, so the test prototypes of future Mercs head over to the renowned Nurburgring track for a thorough shakedown. One of the first to have been spotted recently on the Nordschleife circuit is the forthcoming SLS AMG Black Series super-hot model. This new rocket tweaked in the Affalterbach labs is slated to make its official entrance on the automotive stage in the second part of this year.

The Black Series 'gullwing' will benefit from a special treatment, which aims to deliver a spectacular visual result as well as top performance figures. The car has already underwent a strict diet to lose the extra, unnecessary kilograms that might affect the desired sports ride. Moreso, further aerodynamic body elements make up an aggressive and dynamically eficient kit which looks to set the Black Series version apart from the standard SLS AMG and also to improve the drag coefficient (Cd) and lower the air resistance for the car to flow smoothly on the roads. The generous frontal air intakes help the huge V8 engine under the bonnet to cool down when pushed to its utmost limits. At the back end, a visible tail-mounted spoiler will add more grip to the rear axle to ensure the car stays firmly 'glued' to the ground. The new AMG hypercar will also receive a set of special dampers and springs, but also a high-performance brake system with perforated discs.

While there were initial rumors the SLS AMG Black Series would use a new biturbo V8 unit, it appears it will stick to the outgoing aspirated V8 engine, which has been modified to pump out no less than 661 hp and an enormous high-end torque reaching 750-800 Nm. 0 to 100 km/h will take less than 4 seconds, whereas the maximum speed could exceed well over 330 km/h. Power will be sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a modified 7-speed MCT SPEEDSHIFT gearbox designed to handle those numerous ponnies.

Photo Credits: Motor Authority

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