Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series 

  • $300k built in Germany
  • 2009
  • 670 HP 6.0L
  • 199 mph
Maximum boost is about 11.6 psi - and the bigger turbos help maintain that boost level even at high revs.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
Back in front, the extra cooling capacities of the intercoolers combined with slightly larger turbochargers are the main reason for the 57-hp increase over the everyday SL65.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series


Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
3.7 s
370Z Touring
5.45 s
Jaguar XKR
4.9 s

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
199 mph
Roadster Sport
124 mph
Jaguar XKR
155 mph


Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
7.6 s

Top Gear track time

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

1/4 mile

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
11.7 s
370Z Touring
13.91 s

Nurburgring time

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series


Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

Number built

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
200 cars

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What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


That figure is probably conservative given that we’ve gone from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds in an SL65 and an SL600.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
With a top speed of 200mph and acceleration only an astronaut has experienced before, it all sounds good so far, doesn't it?
by Top Gear (Nov, 2008)
The accelerative force is stupefying, and it provides no reason to doubt the manufacturer’s claims of 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0 to 124 mph (200 kph) in 11 seconds flat.
by (Feb, 2014)


The engine even fights with its own management computer: After a quick downshift, the V-12 gives a big kick of turbo boost that is suddenly dialed back before returning a second, more controlled surge of thrust.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
Whether you leave the transmission in automatic mode or downshift on your own in manual mode, full throttle in the lower gears will light up the tires even if you’re rolling.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
Mind you, just like other AMG twin-turbocharged AMG V-12s, this engine is detuned to protect the transmission - it would otherwise produce 885 lb-ft.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)


Jump on the throttle and, after perhaps a split second as the turbos spool, the world may as well come to an end.
by (Feb, 2014)
To achieve these gains, larger turbochargers were developed specifically for this application, while a new AMG sports exhaust and optimized airflow tubing round out the power boost.
by MotorTrend (Jul, 2008)
Without it, the blown V-12 would produce more like 885 pound-feet.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2008)


It's got a mad motor, hooligan-friendly handling and sounds like a whole grid of DTM racers.
by Top Gear (Nov, 2008)
A new adjustable coil-spring suspension is fully adjustable for track duty, and the track has even been widened by 3.8 in.
by MotorTrend (Jul, 2008)
On the sweeping Laguna Seca road course, the Black Series remains a heavyweight GT prizefighter rather than a strung-out, nimble ballerina, and it is easy to overestimate early throttle applications to produce grinding understeer.
by (Feb, 2014)


The aluminium paddles behind the wheel provoke a twinge of extra excitement, but the sense of expectation falls away when I remember that they’re hooked up to Merc’s old five-speed auto – albeit with uprated hydraulics for faster shift speeds – rather than the properly sophisticated seven-speed semi-auto from the £148K cheaper SL63 AMG.
by EVO (Jan, 2009)
Side-impact regulations here in the U.S. mean that the Black Series retains the standard SL seats, but they almost suit the car’s character better than the lightweight buckets found in the European-spec version.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2008)
The standard navigation system is simply lousy.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Price $300,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2009
City mileage 11 MPG
Highway mileage 18 MPG
Number built 200 cars


Chief engineer Tobias Moers
Platform Mercedes benz R230 platform
Generation Fifth Generation
Body style Coupe
Top type Hard fixed


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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension 4 link, Independent
Rear suspension Multi-link, anti-roll bar w/coil springs, Independent
Front brakes Mercedes-Benz 15.3 in Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Mercedes-Benz 14.1 in Ventilated Discs
Front tires Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tyres 265/35R19
Front wheels 483/? 241
Wheel material Alloy
Rear tires Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 325/30R20
Rear wheels 508/? 292
Wheel material Alloy

road tests

Top speed 199 mph
1/4 mile 11.7 s
0-60mph 3.7 s
0-100mph 7.6 s
0-200kph 10.9 s
Distance 152 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.93 g
Top gear time 1:23.0
20.6km nurburgring time 7:51.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:12.20
Drag coefficient 0.29

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.49 lb/hp
Maximum hp 670 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Maximum torque 738 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM
Max RPM 6,200 RPM
Engine placement Front
Weight distribution 52%/48%
Steering system Hydraulic Power Assisted Rack and Pinion


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

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,345 lb
Width 77.1 in
Height 51.4 in
Length 180.7 in
Front track width 66.3 in
Wheelbase 100.8 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes
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