A Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is for sale for an exhilarating price. It is, after all, a rare sight. But is it worth that much?
The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is the absolute top variant of the R230 SL family. Mercedes only built 350 units and only 175 made it to the U.S. So it is quite uncommon to see one out there.
The owner of the sports car is now selling it in a Bring A Trailer online auction. But the price is jaw-dropping. He asks for $405,000.
According to Carscoops, a year ago, another SL65 AMG Black Series, with the same manufacturing year, 2009 and similar mileage, sold for a little over $185,000. Going for more than double is somewhat bizarre. It is even more expensive than the one the Formula 1 Mercedes-AMG Team Principal, Toto Wolff, asked for his. Back in June, the Austrian’s car was for sale for $397,500.
This particular example is registered in Portland, Oregon, as the plates indicate. The seller’s husband bought it new from the dealership for $315,000. With 11,000 miles on the odometer despite already being 11 years old, the car seems almost impeccable. “Almost” because there are a few scratches on the Iridium Silver paint, if you take a closer look. But nothing that can’t be repaired with a visit to the body shop.
Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series with supercar figures
The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series sports an extensive carbon-fiber package. It includes the fender flares, the bumpers, a vented hood, plus the active rear spoiler and diffuser. There is black leather with rectangular patterns dressing up the seats. There is a dual-zone automatic climate control onboard. The car also got the COMAND infotainment system, a predecessor of the current MBUX.
The carmaker fitted the apple of its eye, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 between 2001 and 2011. The power mill delivered 680 PS (661 HP) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque. A five-speed automatic gearbox transferred the resources to the rear axle with the assistance of a limited-slip differential.
The car could go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).