Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is TopGear's "Lairy Car of the Year"

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Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

"Lairy" is defined as cunning or conceited; ostentatiously attractive or flashy; or aggressive or rowdy. Is this how you would define the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Edition ? Well, this is exactly how the fellas over at TopGear feel about it...

According to TopGear magazine, the last iteration of the SLS AMG GT Black Series is more manageable than its predecessors and Jeremy Clarkson loved it for its power and tire life. However, for the rest of the world, it’s an inconvenience. And this put the ’Black Series’ in the top position as TopGear’s "Lairy Car of the Year."

It is lairy, but in a good way, they say. It lets you have all the fun and still assists you if you get slightly overboard. “It looks like it wants to bite your leg off, but actually it bear hugs you and covers your back like a best mate. It is lairy but not scary.” We’re willing to bet that those convoluted, yet genius, words came from Clarkson’s own mouth.

Tom Ford (@tomwookieford) quoted Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes AMG GmbH, as responding to the award with "Thanks - that’s pretty much what we were aiming for with the car." Ah, a tongue0in-cheek response to a even more tongue-in-cheek award — isn’t the world of automotive journalism such a wonderful world!

Anyway, so there you have it. TopGear’s "2013 Lairy Car of the Year" is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

It is well-known fact that Jeremy Clarkson loves the SLS AMG Black Series , which he admitted to it in his latest DVD titled The Perfect Roadtrip. The "Black Series" is typically supposed to be more hardcore and track-focused, but with the SLS AMG, Mercedes-Benz decided to tame the beast when it installed the "Black Series" upgrades.

The SLS AMG GT Black Series carries a 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 622 horsepower 468 pound-feet of torque — a rise in horsepower but a drop in torque when compared to the base SLS AMG GT. Additionally, a seven-speed double-clutch transmission has been added for seamless gear shifts.

Thanks to the increased power and the added aero mods, the SLS AMG Black Series goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and its top speed is 196 mph.

On the outside, apart from the yellow paint, the Black Series gets a GT3-derived carbon-fiber rear wing, a front splitter and guide vanes, a newly developed set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and an enhanced rear track for better traction.


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