The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG supercar is the next Black Series from the German auto major. As expected, the new Mercedes Benz SLS AMG s Black Series would be a lightweight and more powerful supercar that offers stiffer suspensions.
The other development revolves around whether or not the SLS E-Cell variant should be introduced in the United States. As Mercedes Benz prepares the electric-powered SLS E-Cell for the European mrket in 2012, certification of the car may prove to be considerably high in comparison to expected low sales volume.
The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG E-Cell uses 4 electric motors placed at the vehicle rear instead of the regular 6.2-liter V8. You’re looking at max power of 525 hp and max torque of 649 lb-ft. The SLS AMG E-Cell goes from 0-62 in 4 seconds while the gas-powered SLS gets to 62 in 3.8 seconds. Though the numbers are impressive, Mercedes Benz has taken into account the fact that electric vehicles are usually considered to be high performance cars. The company is looking at further tuning to make it a worthy equal when it comes to supercars.
It is now confirmed that the street-legal SLS GT3 racecar version won’t be an American car market entrant. In Europe, the race car is required for homologation but there’ll be no US racing, and expected low sales volumes will mean it’s an unjustified expense when it comes to car re-certification for the US. These recent developments will ensure that Mercedes Benz is closely watched over the next few months.
Member of the board of directors and head of vehicle development for AMG, Tobias Moers had this to say. “We absolutely have to do a Black Series. AMG does not do money losing projects, we can’t afford to.”