After endlessly praising the Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series, you’d expect Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson to be completely enamored with the more powerful SL 65 AMG Black Series. You’d be wrong; in last weekend’s episode, he thoroughly slammed it.
On paper the SL Black looks promising, it features a beefy 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 engine with an impressive 670 hp (493 kW) and 1,000 Nm of torque. During a race with the pricey Mercedes-McLaren SLR, the SL lagged behind as it couldn’t keep up in the straights but made up for it in the corners.
Just when you think the S L65 AMG Black Series is sounding pretty good, Clarkson decides to point out a few foibles. Despite being “mind boggling” fast with a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h), Clarkson says the traction control “comes down like an anvil” and the only way you can realistically drive it, is slowly. Even the luxury features fail to improve things as Jezza explains the SL Black is the “most uncomfortable car in all of human history” thanks to one-piece carbon fiber seats from Mercedes’ “agony” range.
He finally sums things up by saying the Black represents a decent alternative to the SLR, but it’s not worth the price premium over the standard SL.
Check out the Top Gear video above!