2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
Courtesy of Bonhams

The SL65 AMG Black Series was unveiled at Monterey in 2008. The base car SL65 AMG’s 6.0­liter V12 engine was retained for the Black Series, but it received larger turbochargers, a bigger intercooler, a new exhaust system and a suitably remapped ECU, resulting in an increase in maximum power to 670 horsepower (approximately a 10% improvement over the stock SL65 AMG) while torque went up to a mighty 737 lb/ft, delivered between 2,200 and 4,200 revs.

AMG’s engineers not only increased engine output but also trimmed 250 kg (550 pounds) off the car’s weight courtesy of additional carbon fiber panels, further improving the power-­to-­weight ratio. The result was a 0–60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, while top speed was electronically limited to 199 mph. This stupendous performance reached the road via AMG’s Speedshift Plus multi­mode 5-­speed automatic gearbox.

This rare, right-­hand-drive SL65 AMG Black Series is offered for sale by one of the U.K.’s foremost supercar collectors. Presented in A1 condition throughout, the car has covered only 3,900 miles from new and was last serviced (at Mercedes­-Benz Brighton) in September 2015 (at 3,782 miles). Offered with V5C document and a full complement of MoTs, it represents a possibly once­in­-a-­lifetime opportunity to acquire one of these fabulous, limited-­edition supercars.

Pierre Hedary

SCM Auction Analyst

Pierre is a Mercedes-Benz über-enthusiast. When Pierre is not turning wrenches on vintage Mercedes-Benz cars at his eponymous repair shop, he enjoys driving his own Mercedes classics. These include (but are not limited to) a 1972 280SE 4.5, a 1970 280SL and a 1985 300CD. Pierre also serves as a technical adviser to the Mercedes-Benz club of America.

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