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TMR Team | Apr, 04 2013 | 3 Comments

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed Australian details for its top-shelf SLS AMG Black Series Coupe, available locally from July.

Priced at $639,000 (plus on-roads), the latest Black Series offering will land at around $170,000 more than the 'regular' coupe - but it'll bring a haul of hot tweaks with it.

For starters, the AMG tuning house has wrung another 44kW out of the SLS' 6.3 litre V8 engine, giving the big coupe a huge 464kW and 635Nm of torque.

Mercedes promises a 0-100km/h time of just 3.6 seconds, and those brave enough to attempt it can look forward to a top speed of 315km/h.

Achieving those improvements saw AMG develop a remapped ECU, while also strengthening camshafts and tappets with a race-focused coating.

The SLS AMG Black can also swallow more air than the regular model, and other tweaks include a modified crank assembly, new crankshaft bearings, upgraded oil bores and a new oil pump, and a revised water and oil cooling system.

Weight loss efforts include a new 17kg lighter titanium exhaust system, and a massive spread of carbon fibre reinforced plastic components have replaced original parts.

The breadth of AMG's enhancements continues with a lower-positioned seven-speed DCT transmission, which also gains quicker response times, more aggressive Manual and Sport Plus tunes, and an automatic throttle blip on downshifts.

Suspension remains a double wishbone setup, but a new front stabiliser is featured and the elastokinematic systems of the front and rear axle have been made more rigid.

The front track is wider by 2cm and the rear by 2.3cm, and the front axle gets new wheel mounts.

The mechanical diff lock has been turfed in favour of an electronically controlled AMG system integrated into the transmission case, offering a variable locking effect and increased stability.

The whole thing is hauled up by carbon ceramic brakes, measuring 15.8 inches up front and 14.2 at the rear, reducing weight by around 40 percent compared to steel/aluminium setups.

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