My dream car is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
I’m a big fan of Mercedes and currently own three AMG models and dozens over the past few decades. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is the fifth car to earn the badge. The Europe-only SLK55 AMG Black Series of 2006 was the first and was followed by a CLK63, an SL65, and a C63 that were all available here. With an estimated price of $250,000 and fewer than 200 making their way to the United States, the SLS Black is the most expensive and most exclusive Mercedes of the moment. And as the extra-fortified version of the only car fully designed within AMG, this SLS is as raw as a Mercedes gets—the Black Series treatment has turned Mercedes’ crown jewel into something as special as a black diamond. Even Its Heart Is Black
The Black’s gem of an engine is derived from the SLS AMG GT’s naturally aspirated and aurally gifted 6.2-liter V-8. An additional 39 horsepower and a shift in the power peak by 600 revs translate to a meaty 622 horsepower at 7400 rpm. (The base car hits redline at 7200 rpm, but that mark has been bumped to 8000 rpm here.) Extracted with shorter intake runners, revised valve timing, and optimized ignition timing that increases peak cylinder pressure, the extra power requires wider main bearings, stronger connecting-rod bolts, forged hardware, and a higher-pressure oiling system. The trade-off is a slight loss of low-end torque; max twist is now 468 lb-ft at 5500 rpm rather than 479 lb-ft at 4750 rpm. You won’t miss it, though, because AMG shortened the final-drive ratio from 3.67:1 to 4.44:1.