2010 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series - Second Drive

$300,000 Worth of Pure Wickedness.

For roughly $300,000, the SL65 AMG Black Series is significantly different from the $198,175 SL65 AMG from which it springs—except for the interior, which is almost stock. The Black Series sheds 210 pounds of curb weight, much of which comes from ditching the power folding hardtop for a fixed roof made of carbon fiber.

The rest of the weight savings, and most of the price increase, comes from using carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic on every body panel save the doors and rear fenders. Giant, mesh lower intakes, vents behind the wheels, and other sundry scoops and holes give the low, wide bodywork a look of purpose. A pop-up spoiler hides in the trunk. The gigantic wheel arches cover the increased track, up 4.9 inches in front, 4.8 in back. The visual effect is one of true menace.

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