Launched in 2008, the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series was the third model to be reworked by the AMG Performance Studio after the SLK55 and CLK63 Black Series limited editions. Using an SL600 as the basis, the ‘65’ did away with the folding-metal roof mechanism as part of a crash diet that saw a saving of 250 kg. Extensive use of carbon composites, specifically CFRP or carbon fibre reinforced plastic, the Black Series gains a fixed roof structure, and significantly wider arches to cover the staggered 19” and 20” wheels. In fact, the only crossover body panels between the SL600 and SL65 are the door skins and wingmirrors!
The engine saw significant gains. Larger turbochargers, freer air intakes and a less restrictive exhaust saw the power jump from 517 bhp to 661 bhp and torque up from 612lb feet to an electronically restricted 738lb ft. Mercedes borrowed the only gearbox that could handle the power from the Maybach in the form of the 5 speed, 5G-Tronic.
0-60 comes round in just 3.8 seconds and with the throttle pinned, it takes just 11 seconds to double it.
This example was supplied new on 7th June 2009 to its first owner, a prolific collector based on the south coast. Optioned new in Obsidian Black over Anthracite Exclusive Nappa leather, this example importantly received the bespoke carbon fibre bucket seats that were replaced in several markets with standard comfort seats.
The car passed to its second owner in 2016 having covered just 3,900 miles from new. Exclusively serviced by Mercedes-Benz main dealerships, this wonderful example has been used sparingly by its current owner. In March 2023, this example received a fresh service from Mercedes-Benz, as well a set of four new tyres.
To date this example has covered just 5,100 miles and today presents with its original pouch and handbooks, spare key and history folio. This stunning example is available to view at our showrooms outside London immediately.
Front Right - Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 - 265/35 R19 - 12/22 - 8mm
Front Left - Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 - 265/35 R19 - 12/22 - 8mm
Rear Right - Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 - 325/30 R20 - 24/21 - 8mm
Rear Left - Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 - 325/30 R20 - 41/22 - 8mm