Road Tests Real world tests of SL 65 AMG Black Series vs Murciélago

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

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Has an air compressor Twin turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Significantly more torque 738 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM vs 487 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM More than 50% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
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Much faster stopping from 60mph 107 ft vs 152 ft Around 30% faster stopping from 60mph
Sticky cornering g 1.07 g vs 0.93 g More than 15% sticky cornering g
Faster top speed 211 mph vs 199 mph 12 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 6,200 RPM More than 35% more revs
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:19.80 vs 1:23.0 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Lighter curb weight 3,671 lb vs 4,345 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Bigger engine 6,496 cc vs 5,980 cc Around 10% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

SL 65 AMG Black Series  vs
Murciélago 
Brand Mercedes-Benz Lamborghini
Price 300,000 311,100
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2004
City mileage 11 MPG 6 MPG
Highway mileage 18 MPG 12 MPG

design

Chief engineer Tobias Moers Maurizio Reggiani
Platform Mercedes benz R230 platform Lamborghini Murcielago
Generation Fifth Generation Second Generation
Body style Coupe Fastback coupe
Top type Hard fixed Hard fixed

transmission

Transmission make Mercedes-Benz 5 Speed Automatic Lamborghini 6-speed manual
Drivetrain 2WD 4x4
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.6:1
2: 2.19:1
3: 1.41:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.83:1
6: 0.94:1
Axle ratio 2.65:1 3.14:1
Paddle shifters Standard, Left Down / Right Up Standard, Left Down / Right Up

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension 4 link, Independent Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Damping, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Rear suspension Multi-link, anti-roll bar w/coil springs, Independent Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Damping, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Front brakes Mercedes-Benz 15.3 in Ventilated Discs 15 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Mercedes-Benz 14.1 in Ventilated Discs 14 in Ventilated Disc
Front tires Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tyres 265/35R19 Pirelli P Zero Rosso
Front wheels 483/? 241 245/35 18
Wheel material Alloy Alloy
Rear tires Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 325/30R20 Pirelli P Zero Rosso
Rear wheels 508/? 292 335/30 18
Wheel material Alloy Alloy

road tests

SL 65 AMG Black Series  vs
Murciélago 
Top speed 199 mph 211 mph
1/4 mile 11.7 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 3.6 s
0-100mph 7.6 s 7 s
0-200kph 10.9 s 10.2 s
Distance 152 ft 107 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.93 g 1.07 g
Top gear time 1:23.0 1:19.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:51.0 7:40.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:12.20 1:11.80
Drag coefficient 0.29 0.33

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.49 lb/hp 5.81 lb/hp
Maximum hp 670 HP @ 5,400 RPM 632 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 738 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM 487 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Max RPM 6,200 RPM 8,500 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Weight distribution 52%/48% 42%/58%
Steering system Hydraulic Power Assisted Rack and Pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Engine make Mercedes-Benz AMG M275 60º V12 Lamborghini 6.5L V12
Displacement 5,980 cc 6,496 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor Twin turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.3 in / 3.7 in 3.46 in / 3.5 in
Block material Aluminum Aluminum
Cylinder head material Aluminum Aluminum
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system None Lamborghini VVT
Valves per cylinder 3 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,345 lb 3,671 lb
Width 77.1 in 81 in
Height 51.4 in 44.7 in
Length 180.7 in 181.5 in
Front track width 66.3 in 64.4 in
Wheelbase 100.8 in 104.9 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
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