Unique Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series Hides A 800-HP Secret

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There's not another one quite like it.

The history of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class dates all the way back to 1954 when the legendary 300 SL arrived. Often considered the world's first exotic car, the 300 SL, aka the 'Gullwing', changed everything and Mercedes always made sure that subsequent SL generations set a new standard for luxury, performance, and design. And then something happened in 2010.

The SLS AMG entered the picture and it immediately made the R230 generation SL look tame by comparison. There were, however, a couple of exceptions thanks to AMG. One of them was the SL65 AMG Black Series for sale from 2008 through 2012. Like the "regular" SL65 AMG, the Black Series came powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, with output increased from 604 hp to 661 hp. Torque remained the same at 738 lb-ft and power was directed to the rear wheels through a fast-shifting five-speed automatic gearbox.

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AMG increased the size of the turbos and modified the air ducting and exhaust systems. Weight was also slashed by an astonishing 561 pounds thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber parts and the complete elimination of the heavy retractable hard top roof; this Black Series was coupe-only. In addition to the weight savings, this created room for the retractable rear spoiler.

Performance for a beast like this is expectedly nuts. With a top speed of around 200 mph, AMG claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, apeing the SLS AMG. Additional changes include a widened track front and rear, 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, and unique badging. Production was limited and just 175 examples were imported to the US.

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There now happens to be a special SLS AMG 65 Black Series up for sale. This example, sold by a dealer in San Ramon, California, has an asking price of $279,995. However, this one is just one of 18 examples with white exterior paint. Its engine has also been modified thanks to RENNtech's Performance 1 Package specifically designed for this model. Output increases to 805 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

It's also worth noting this example's previous owner was Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul." With just 9,420 miles on its clock, this one-of-a-kind SLS AMG 65 Black Series deserves a good home.

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