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Unfaded to Black

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the saying went. And considering how sumptuously magnificent and unquestionably rare the SL65 Black Series was and still is, you’d figure the sort of asking price such limited production AMG Mercedes commands at the moment might well be in the nether regions of ‘ultra rare collectibles’ (seven figures and it is not RM neither).

In any case, we do need to understand exactly how ‘way up there’ the SL65 Black Series was engineered to be by Mercedes’ go-bonkers department. For this reason let us indulge upon the official 2009 press release which ought to give us some revealing insights, yes?

“Sensational appearance, unique performance data, with light-weight design throughout and total exclusivity – that’s the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series. This high-performance coupe is a motorsport engineering thoroughbred, opening up new drive dynamic vistas to sports car enthusiasts. The AMG 6.0 litre V12 biturbo engine, with a maximum output of 493 kW/670 hp and 1000 Nm of torque, guarantees super sports car level performance. The powerful two-seater was developed in the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO and represents the continuation of the highly successful Black Series strategy pursued by AMG, the Mercedes-Benz Cars Performance brand.

Broad, muscular and ready to pounce – that’s the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series. Even when stationary, the coup’s superlative dynamism can arouse great passions. The strikingly broad mudguards, the retractable rear spoiler and the rear apron with diffuser fins point unmistakably to its motorsport origins, part of the Mercedes-AMG corporate philosophy for more than 40 years. One glance at the new SL 65 AMG Black Series and you are reminded of the successful AMG racing sports cars like the present DTM C-Class or the 1997 CLK-GTR from the FIA-GT series”.

There you go, such glorious personification from none other than the maker itself waxing lyrical. And why shouldn’t they? Waxing on and waxing off all tenor like in uninhibited adulation of a fine performance-focused automobile within which the premium exquisiteness is kept utterly untainted. Something that Mercedes, soon as AMG was absorbed into the brand to become AMG Mercedes, does better than ‘most’ (add your makes right here).

In any case apart from the bonkers figures – both in terms of output and that fancy battle armory bodykit Tony Stark himself would approve, there’s a few additional facts we need to share here the most important being its 200 units ultra limited production numbers. Only 200 of them meaning there’s only one way for you or them or anyone to have an honest to goodness SL65 Black Series to call their own and that’d be a bonafide ‘SL65 Black Series’ widebody conversion of course, kinda like this finely kitted up SL55 right here.

Now call it conversion or prim and proper replica, the base car right here isn’t to be trifle with, as it is an AMG SL55 2002 production model powered by a 5.4 supercharged V8 rated at 500ps with just as humongous 700Nm of torque at the owner’s beckoning.

Considering everything as a whole – the Black Series widebody aero works wrapped neatly around the supercharged 2002 SL55, given a wee bit of surplus bling courtesy of the 20 inch Vossen rims, and a little bit more ‘soul’ in its aural display with the Supersprint race-spec exhaust, this be a pretty solid conversion.

And on a parting note remember this ladies and gents: Upon its release in 2002 the SL55 AMG was for its time the fastest automatic car in the world.

Car: Mercedes AMG SL55

Engine: M113 5.4 liter DOHC 32 valve supercharged V8, Supersprint race-spec exhaust

Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Chassis: AMG tuned suspension

Brakes: AMG spec brakes

Wheels & Tires: 20 inch Vossen concave rims

Interior: panoramic trim, Bose sound system

Exterior: converted to SL65 Black Series wide bodykit, special matte silver color