The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is a beast that's eluded me until now! Thanks to Mechatronik, I'm taking this menacing machine for a drive to find out what it's like and whether it could become a future member of the Shmeemobiles alongisde my SLS BLack Series, and if I'm lucky, the new GT Black Series as well.
The SL65 AMG Black Series is unbelievably cool in terms of its appearances; massive arches, an aggressive stance, and a thumping 6l Biturbo V12 making 670hp and a whopping 1,000Nm. Versus the regular SL65 it took out 250kg, thanks mostly to removing the folding hard top roof mechanism and making it a fixed coupe, along with the use of carbon fibre re-inforced plastic for the body panels - only sharing the door and mirrors with the regular car. It was the third model to wear the illustrious AMG Black Series badge and only 350 units were built in total.
Following on from the SLK55 and CLK63 Black Series models, it arrived before a pause of a number of years until the arrival in quick succession of the SLS and C63 models. Both of the latter two have always been absolute highlights to me, the SLS AMG Black Series being one of my favourite cars ever made hence making a purchase of one earlier this year, and the C63 BS standing out on each occasion I've driven one. However, ever since it launched in 2008, I have always felt the SL65 BS is one of the meanest looking cars on the market and been intrigued to find out what it's actually like.
With every finger and toe crossed that I'll be lucky enough to secure an allocation for the brand new AMG GT Black Series, I'm certainly considering expanding my collection and possibly with the addition of an SL65 Black Series, hence the desire to visit Mechatronik and have a go to see what it's like.
A huge thanks to the team at Mechatronik for this amazing opportunity, and pulling out such a stunning display including the CLK DTM, C63 Black Series with an engine swap to that from the SLS AMG GT3 racecar, 190 EVO 2, and also the surprise appearance of the SLS Electric Drive as well. For more content from their collection, projects being worked on and plenty more, be sure to follow at: mechatronik_official
Thanks for watching, Tim