Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series Prototype Burns On Nurburgring

Fun fact: The [Dodge] Ram 1500 is apparently the emergency response vehicle of choice at the Nürburgring. How do we know that? Because a Ram 1500s appeared when a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series prototype ventured off the track and erupted into flames.

We still don’t know exactly how this incident went down, but it did leave an SLS AMG Black Series test car – which we’ve previously seen lap the ‘Ring without incident – charred to a crisp. Thankfully, both the driver and passenger – presumably both Mercedes-AMG engineers – are reportedly safe and uninjured. We wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if a high rate of speed factored into the incident, as the blackened SLS Black Series was found along the Döttinger Höhe, a 1.5-mile-long straight located just before the Nordschleife’s finish line.

Little is known about the forthcoming SLS AMG Black Series, but it’s a safe bet it – like all AMG Black Series models before it – will bring a bit of race car flavor (and power) to the street. These spy photos suggest the car will bear a striking resemblance to the race-spec SLS AMG GT3, particularly thanks to its flared fenders and wheel arches. Previous rumors suggested the SLS Black Series will, like the GT3, use more carbon fiber bodywork in an attempt to shave weight.

If nothing else, expect the SLS AMG Black Series to be an absolute powerhouse. Reports suggest the Black Series will use a 6.2-liter V-8 like the SLS and SLS GT3, but engineers may be able to increase its output to a whopping 650 hp. If true, that could make the SLS Black Series one of the most powerful SLS variants to date, and certainly the most powerful street-legal SLS model yet. For comparison, the updated 2013 SLS AMG GT road car packs but 582 hp beneath its elongated hood.

We don’t know much more at this point and likely won’t until the car actually debuts. Earlier reports suggested the car would serve as a send-off of sorts for the aging 6.2-liter V-8, and appear late in the SLS AMG’s lifespan. If so, expect it to formally debut within the next calendar year for the 2014 model year, sporting a price tag rumored to be twice that of a standard 2012 SLS AMG's $192,175 base price, including destination. Stay tuned for the latest news – and spy photos – surrounding the forthcoming king of the SLS range.

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