By on July 11, 2008

Better looks than the regular SL?Mercedes has revealed its second "Black Series" model: the SL 65 AMG Black Series. The BS lineup of cars (they did realize that, no?) promises to take bonkers AMG models and make them suitable for institutionalization. To wit: the power goes from not inconsiderable 604 horses to a highly volatile 661hp. AMG ditches the folding hardtop (losing some 570lbs. of passion-killing weight) and upgrades pretty much everything else– suspension, transmission, brakes, lease payments. If you can get past the crass body kit, the fixed roof improves the SL's side profile considerably. Deep breath now. If you want to play with Black, you'll need an awful lot of jack: $320k. Plus dealer eBay adjustment? The mind boggles. And the there's the apocalyptic depreciation. Our own Jay Shoemaker when sampling this car's little brother– the CLK Black Series— Jay remarked that it would make a fine used car value. And then he bought a twin-turbo S65 AMG for $70k (review coming). Smart man. 

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15 Comments on “Mercedes Reveals SL 65 Black Series...”


  • avatar
    Jordan Tenenbaum

    Wicked car, though I think I’ll stick with the SL in the background.

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    It looks like an awesome drive – I’d love to get my hands on one…

  • avatar
    sean362880

    S65 AMG for 70K? That’s got to be a misprint. It’s only been around for what, 2 years? The retail is close to $200K, and nothing depreciates that fast.

    Edit: I stand corrected. There’s one on Ebay for $79k now.

  • avatar
    SupaMan

    S65? $70K?

    Must’ve been severely used for that price.

    Awesome car though.

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    Those fenders…dear god. You could fit a sofa, love seat, AND a set of Hoosiers under there. I’m in love.

    Probably an absolute joke at the price, considering what plays in that stratosphere, but it LOOKS batshit insane. I actually love it.

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    I saw a pretty nice looking 2006 M5 for $40k on autotrader.com a few weeks ago. That’s similar depreciation. The V-series Cadillacs also drop like a rock right out the door.

  • avatar
    Gottleib

    Why?

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    Why not?

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    Robert Schwartz

    Ugly and grotesquely expensive.

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    whatdoiknow1

    There was once a time when Mercedes Benz would leave it up to such tuners like Koniegg and Gemballa to produce such silly monstrosities of automobiles. That was when the brand actually represented class, safistication, and understated SERIOUS elegence.

    Looking back from the near future MB is going to regret this horrible time in their history when they managed to destroy all the attributes that once made a Benz a Benz. The prestige of owning an MB was the fact that you could smuggly claim to own the best car in the world, period. Not the most stylish, luxurious, fastest, or best handling. Simply the best car being built at any price. Style was for Jaguar and you see where it got them. Luxury used to be for Cadillac and you also see where it got them. Making the fastest cars was left up to folks like Ruf. You cant make the best cars in the world if you are side-tracked with such silly projects as this car.The main reason older Benzs where so good is that MB did not go to extremes in terms of luxury or performance. They simply swaeted the details of making high quality products.

    AMGs cars depreciate so badly for many reasons, primarily it is do to the fact that the core MB buyer can careless about a MB with a body kit on it! Next AMG cars are not that great! You get a standard performance engine shared across the ENTIRE model line, a tacky cheap looking body kit that looks like it was put on at your local tuner shop, some oversized (not very stylish or expensive looking) rims, and a throw-back 1980s quad exhaust setup with cheap Pep Boys looking chrome tips.
    To add insult to injury MB will sell a standard benz with the AMG “look” for a lot less cash.

    AMG is quickly becoming a worthless badge like Chevy SS. That is a shame because AMG was once the premier aftermarket tuner of high-end cars.
    An AMG was special because only those that knew cars understood what they were looking at! For a Benz it used to be the equavalent of a Ruf Porsche.

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    DearS

    I’m glad I got my priorities straight or I’d cum in my pants for this car (although not because of the beauty). Even a standard SL has excess power. I’m scared to get going in this thing, I may need to admit I have issues and V12s are (probably) not the answer. I guess I can take one of these and forget about tomorrow night Pinky. Still I seriously do not think this car can brake the power without control mantra 740lb ft of torque curses it with. Oh the agony, I may never put my educated guess under observation. By the confused look of the car, I think it know its prospects also.

    BTW whats is wrong with 465lb ft of torque on a 200-300lb lighter BS. SL63 prospect. Perhaps Brabus will offer such a conversion, Oh wait Brabus (and its consumers) is against improvement without HP.

    ps. sorry for the mixed messages.

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    quasimondo

    AMG is quickly becoming a worthless badge like Chevy SS. That is a shame because AMG was once the premier aftermarket tuner of high-end cars.
    An AMG was special because only those that knew cars understood what they were looking at! For a Benz it used to be the equavalent of a Ruf Porsche.

    I doubt we’re anywhere near that level yet.

    The Equinox SS is a joke, the AMG G55 isn’t. You may not like the idea of a 5600 lb behemoth rocketing from 0-60 in five and a half seconds, but you certainly can’t dismiss it.

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    TomAnderson

    I’m sure it’s a hoot, but I’d kinda rather have that old skool SLC racer in the background, myself.

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    seoultrain

    I believe they’re only building 200 of these. With such a limited run, the depreciation should stay down. And I consider AMG depreciation to be a good thing: it allows me to be able to afford one.

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    JJ

    AMGs cars depreciate so badly for many reasons, primarily it is do to the fact that the core MB buyer can careless about a MB with a body kit on it! Next AMG cars are not that great! You get a standard performance engine shared across the ENTIRE model line, a tacky cheap looking body kit that looks like it was put on at your local tuner shop, some oversized (not very stylish or expensive looking) rims, and a throw-back 1980s quad exhaust setup with cheap Pep Boys looking chrome tips.
    To add insult to injury MB will sell a standard benz with the AMG “look” for a lot less cash.

    My thoughts exactly.

    And with this SL BS, I can see some of its appeal, but 320K!?! What is that about?

    Fine, people who can afford it might not care about 100k more or less, but even if you are in that position you would still want to get some value for your money right? It seems the only extra value this has comes from the very low production number.

    Both the CLK AMG and SL AMG should have been from the start what the Black Series are now, and then should still have bee sold at the normal AMG pricepoint or slightly higher but not at several 10Ks more.

    Kudos on the S65 btw. Not a big fan of the car nor Mercedes in general, but 70k seems like a good deal. You should probably still sell it in 1 maybe 2 years or drive it for a longer time period (5 years) to avoid some epic yearly depreciation but at least overtaking will go quickly.


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