Mercedes SLS-Class

Mercedes SLS-Class

/Drive made history of sorts as the first automotive channel on YouTube to be given a slot in primetime television. It’s now a part of NBC Sports , which means that it has reached a level of cache not a lot of YouTube-born shows can boast of.

So here they are, /Drive’s Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, and Matt Farah, all enjoying the spoils of having their own TV show in America. It’s not quite like Top Gear yet, but it is pretty cool seeing the boys from Drive in a platform that doesn’t require Internet connection.

The debut episode of "/Drive on NBC Sports" was pretty cool. It coincided with the Monaco Grand Prix so naturally, it had a certain Monaco theme to it.

Harris, Farah, and Spinelli embarked on the kind of epic joyride people only get to experience when they’re given supercars to drive. In this case, Harris received the Ferrari F12Berlinetta , while Farah got the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series . For his part, Spinelli was given a McLaren 650S , which is just about as awesome as the F12Berlinetta and the SLS AMG Black Series.

The objective was pretty straightforward. All three had to embark from the home factories of the supercars they were driving and travel 1,500 miles to Monaco. The debut episode had a hint of Top Gear -like elements to it, but it was also nice to see that the people behind the production of /Drive decided to give its own identity. We’re not going to spoil what happens in the episode because there’s 22 minutes worth of show to digest. Spare some free time for this because it’s a change of pace from the typical automotive TV show.

NBC Sports just got more exciting as the network announces it’s adding the automotive YouTube sensation Drive to its Saturday morning lineup. That’s right, our friends Matt Farah, Chris Harris, and Mike Spinelli are taking their Internet show to the big time.

Drive on NBC Sports is scheduled for a 10-episide run with the pilot episode airing May 24th at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The first show will be all about the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix F1 race and features the gang driving a McLaren 650S , a Ferrari F12 , and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG through the streets of Monaco.

Episodes of Drive will still air on YouTube, though likely without the large budget granted by NBC. We’re looking forward to another great auto-based show coming on TV and we hope NBC extends the 10-episode contract to a more continual basis. If the trio host a show that as good as their YouTube routines, it’s hard to imagine the TV show not being a hit.

Already boasting of 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque under its hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series has all the credentials of a blue chip supercar . But alas, German tuner mcchip apparently wasn’t satisfied with the output of this über sedan. So the tuner went about the business of building an engine upgrade for the SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series. By the time it was done, the supercar now touted an output of 654 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Incidentally, those torque numbers are now equal to that of the SLS AMG GT .

The German aftermarket company concentrated solely on the performance aspect in building this kit so it’s a little disappointing that there aren’t any cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades done on the supercar. The good news, however, is that the kit is still likely in its infancy.

Just by calling it a Stage 1 kit, the implication is that there’s a Stage 2 kit. Maybe even a Stage 3 kit. The possibilities are admittedly getting us all geeked up. Remember, this is the same company that managed to bring out 660 horsepower out of a Mercedes C63 AMG last year. And that build, called Dominator , also had a pretty attractive camo wrap.

We’re hitching our wagons on the belief that this SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series is far from finished. It’s off to a great start, though, that much we can tell you.

If you’re interested in buying the Stage 1 kit for the SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series, mcchip is asking €3,199, which is about $4,440 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SLS 6.3 AMG Black Series

On one of our recent TopSpeed Podcast episodes, we were asked what cars we thought made the best noises. My choice was the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter, AMG V-8 found in cars like the C63 Black and the SLS . No matter what machine AMG crams this engine into it always sounds the same. It has this deep and snappy gargle that sounds more like a machine gun than a V8. If Ferrari engines sound like an opera singer, the Mercedes AMG V8 sounds like repeatedly hitting that singer in the face with a big hammer.

If you don’t believe me, hit play on that video up above. This is a three-minute collection of SLS AMG GT3 race cars tearing around a track. There is no music, no talking, just pure V-8 noise. It is like my dreams have come to life. From pit row revving to high speed flybys this video has everything you would want.

If you think there are better sounding cars on sale today, you have every right to your (wrong) opinion, but for my tastes the angry burble of the mighty AMG 6.2 is nearly perfect.

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Today marks the debut of Top Gear’s 21st season and for those of you who will not have the chance to see the show, Top Gear prepared another surprise video. In this video the Top Gear folks put The Stig and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black head to head against Google’s Street View car on the Top Gear test track.

Granted, the video is a little odd, and we’re not quite sure what they are trying to accomplish, but it is still cool to see.

As a reminder, the SLS Black Series is powered by a 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and a peak torque of 468 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. The Benz supercar goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.

So, you see, with these amazing figures, it was pretty much impossible for the Google Street car to stand a chance against the mighty Mercedes. Check out the video to have a good laugh...

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Snow is a problem most folks in the U.S., but it looks like in Russians have dug up a way to have a lot of fun in it. After all, it’s not like they can avoid the white stuff anyways. This guy wanted to see how good his Mercedes SLS AMG can handle the snow, so he took it out for an extreme drifting session, and as you can see, he does a pretty incredible job.

From the looks of it, this is the first version of the SLS AMG , which is powered by a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine that delivers a total of 571 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 197 mph.

Do not try this at home, as we’re willing to bet this guy has some incredible driving skills.

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One may mistake it for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive , but it’s not. This rather ostentatious SLS AMG has been modded by the folks at the AMG Performance Studio.

For an additional cost, owners can send their cars over for a complete makeover and here is one such example of an SLS AMG tastefully modified to customer preference with bright fluorescent exterior and black accents. Most of the aerodynamic upgrades you see here are standard equipment on the Black Series.

The AMG wheels have been finished in a gloss black with fluorescent accents. The brake calipers, however have been left Solarbeam Yellow which is bit odd.

Underneath the paint, all the bits and pieces are from the standard SLS AMG Black, along with that glorious 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that puts out 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. With this monster V-8, 60 mph comes up in just 3.5 seconds and the top speed is set at 198 mph.

Anyway, Mercedes-Benz has not revealed the name of the person who ordered this flashy car, but we expect to hear more from them about the very first SLS AMG Black Series to get the spa treatment from its very own Performance studio.

Click past the jump to read more about this modified Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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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.

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When Mercedes unveiled the SLS Black Series , which so happens to be the most powerful SLS AMG ever, everyone wanted to know how fast the car was around the Nurburgring . Still, Mercedes decided to make us wait a few months until they will finally revealed a video showing the it lapping the famous track.

According to AMG , the driver was an AMG engineer who did a fine job navigating the windy track. AMG and Mercedes are remaining mum on the lap time, but if take a look at the video and time it yourself, you will get a time of a little under 7:30. By comparison, a standard SLS AMG lapped the ring in 7:40.

The SLS Black Series is powered by an improved version of the 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that now delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and a peak torque of 468 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.

It’s hard to believe that the Mercedes SLS AMG has been around since 2011. It wasn’t that long ago that we were all waiting in anticipation of the supercar ’s debut and now, with the SLS getting its discharge papers, and Mercedes has decided to give the mighty supercar one last hurrah in the form of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition.

Dressed in the same two-tone red and black finish that has become a staple for the SLS AMG, the Final Edition model also carries a number of styling cues that distinguishes itself from the rest of its brethren. It’s highly appropriate too, considering that this is the final run of SLS AMG models — all 350 of them — so it has to stand out in more ways than one.

The SLS AMG GT Final Edition comes with plenty of new and modified components, including a new carbon-fiber hood and front splitter, a redesigned front bumper, and new brakes. An updated rear wing is also part of the program, as are darkened light surrounds, and carbon-fiber mirror housings.

Performance numbers remain the same, which means that the supercar will receive a 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that produces 591 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 198 mph.

Like what was said, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition will only have 350 units built, so if you’re looking to scoop one up, you need to be sitting at your local Mercedes dealer the morning it opens the order books.

We’re sure there will be much more information to roll out when Mercedes unveils the model in LA, so stay tuned for more updates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG GT


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