Mercedes has officially unveiled the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Looking decidedly aggressive, the model has an SLS GT3-inspired body kit with new bumpers, revised side skirts, flared fenders and a rear diffuser. There's also tinted headlights, a carbon fiber rear wing and 19- / 20-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Under the hood, the 6.2-liter V8 engine has a "fully revised high-speed valve train with modified camshafts, adapted cam geometry and optimized bucket tappets featuring a special coating that is typically used on race vehicles." Thanks to these modifications the engine develops 622 bhp (464 kW) and 468 lb-ft (634 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission which enables the 3,417 lb (1,550 kg) coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h).
In addition to the various performance upgrades - including an AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension, a locking rear differential and carbon ceramic brakes - the model adopts a carbon fiber torque tube, a CFRP drive shaft and a lightweight lithium-ion battery. This allows the SLS AMG Black Series to weigh 154 lbs (70 kg) less than the standard model.
The SLS AMG Black Series will go on sale next summer and pricing will be announced closer to launch.