Mercedes’s $300 000 SLS Supercar Roars on Desert Track Bloomberg

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Mercedes’s $300,000 SLS Supercar on Desert Track

Photographer: Jarem/Mercedes-Benz via Bloomberg

A 2014 SLS AMG Black Series. The coupe’s top speed results from a V-8 engine with 622 horsepower and 468 of torque. Close

On my first lap of Springs International Raceway in the Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series I elect to be driven. I’ve been to this track and Mercedes has brought along a pro driver.

I’ve heard a lot of (“insanely fast” and “really about “Big Willow ,” sprawls against a bluff in the Californian desert about 90 north of Los Angeles.

The same be said for the SLS AMG Black Series The Black Series is Mercedes’s most extreme example of the SLS with 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of That’s more power many race cars.

I’ve driven the regular SLS GT on raceways before, and I am about to how much faster and better the Black Series is over car.

With options the costs almost $300,000. a buyer get his money’s worth? I’ve got to learn the track, a snake coiling over hills, with a series of and tricky straightaways. A 196-mph-top car and an unfamiliar track. Good with that.

I step the car with Maximilian Gotz, a German driver with hair, to get a sense of what’s We’re off, and he immediately the gas. The sound of the 6.3-liter V-8 is and thrilling, the acceleration immediate.


We bound into a left hand corner, a slight brow, then out to the right. Diving into a fast sweeper, he barely the brakes. A thin layer of spreads under my helmet.

The AMG is designed as a street car with car credentials. How many owners actually bring it to a place Willow is a good question.

The brakes are meant to suffer repeated hard stops fading, and the Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires are soft and mushy almost no tread for the best traction — just side of actual racing They’re lousy in rain or the by the way.

The Black Series is than the regular SLS, with better aerodynamics and steering. More focused for driving.

Up a sharp hill wends up the brow of the bluff, a sharp corner, down the side, a quick left, a hump which unsettles the then a long straightway Gotz is driving flat

Tight Turns

Then the part, turns 8 and 9, a long of curving track shaped a mushroom. Incredibly fast, it into a decreasing radius.

another journalist pointed at the of loose desert dirt and “Get on the gas too soon, and you’re off the track there.” He noted a of green wall, far away, a Mustang once crash-landed going off the track and became

Big Willow is fast. And rather My turn. I open the SLS’s gull-wing door, avoid my head, get my seating position fire up the engine and head

The first section is simple and the SLS is well-mated to the track. Despite the long hood, the car is balanced. 469 lb-ft of torque is a lot to handle, and the travel of the gas pedal is not to my liking.

Skidding Supercar

The back of track throws me. Lap after lap I down where I don’t to, and speed up where I shouldn’t. I get too close to the track’s edge and myself. You don’t want to be the guy who the $300,000 supercar skidding the dirt.

Am I impressed? I am. AMG has pulled out the on the Black. It’s the most looking SLS, with sexy scoops running the doors, and black carbon inserts hugging the side air A fixed wing at the rear the car better planted at extra-legal

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The interior is still comfortable, but the comes alive when traveling over 120 miles per The racetrack is the place it makes its Only buyers who are serious that extra potency find it worth the extra over the regular, 583-hp SLS GT.

Still, I’m frustrated and time is out. I get in with a colleague who has at Willow for years, and his line the back section is different. The of turns 8 and 9 begin to unravel.

We seats, and I let the Black do its thing. I’m beginning to test the boundary of it and the The limits are high and the consequences

As I slam through the back tires howling, I realize in a car like the SLS Black, it can’t be any way.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Series at a Glance

Engine: V-8 with 622 horsepower and 468 pound- of torque.

Transmission: Seven-speed automated manual.

Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 3.5

Gas mileage per gallon: 13 city, 17

Price as tested: $299,550.

features: Ease of use despite abilities.

Worst features: of nuance on gas pedal; you often

(Jason H. Harper writes autos for Muse, the arts and section of Bloomberg News. The expressed are his own.)

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe


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