Today’s CL65 doesn’t require quite as large a bank account as the Black Series featured earlier this week, but it’s an even larger 2-door coupe housing the beastly twin-turbo V12. Putting out a *mere* 621hp before the Renntech ECU upgrade, the biggest of Mercedes coupes exemplifies a velvet-covered hammer. Pushing any 2-metric-ton car to 60 in 4 seconds flat sounds terrifying, though I have to imagine it’s deceptively comfortable in heated-cooled-infinitely-adjustable seats while looking through nightvision. The CL definitely targets a different audience than the Black Series, but isn’t actually that far off for less than 50% of the price. You could get a Mustang or GTR with this much horsepower for something similar to the $108k asking price, but would your butt be vibrating in plush, quilted leather with every conceivable option ever offered on a car? I don’t think so.
No real description from the dealer other than the astonishing litany of options, but the pictures say it all. Big, fast, and luxurious. I’d pass on the extra Renntech badging as it’s beginning to look like sponsors on a lowered Acura, except these sponsors spell 650+ horsepower. I can think of different ways to spend $100k on cars, but if I was looking to have a big max coupe, I’d take this beast all day over a Bentley.
We’ve had some reader requests recently for some Mercedes featuring their beastly twin-turbo V12 present in “65” models. I’m obviously a fan of all things AMG, but the 65 has always seemed like a unique animal. Viciously expensive, powerful, and fast, they exemplify the “bit more of everything” luxury sports cars seem to be striving for today. Sweet AMG engines of the past wilt at the thrust of the 6.0L V12. Amazingly, the normal observer would have no idea of the engine intimidation factor present, as most 65s look exactly the same as 63s, 550s, and 430s save for some badges and anthracite wheels. Operative word today being “most,” as this 65 is the king of all kings. The third Black Series model ever produced, Mercedes went whole hog with more power, carbon fiber wide body kit, and go-fast bits all over. While the CLK and new C Black Series carry that amazing DTM-on-the-street look, the SL65 AMG Black Series looks straight-up Batmobile in dark colors. With only 175 in the US and 350 in the world, you’re probably more likely to see a Batmobile replica.
As if 660hp weren’t enough, the PO of today’s SL decided he might as well throw $27k worth of Renntech bits on so that it produces that much power AT THE WHEELS. You know, for fun. Some normal ecu-etc. upgrades went on, and I’d be interested to see how the locking differential changes the car. This AMG engine is well known for producing toomuch torque and overwhelming its traction control. Maybe the locking differential makes smokey burnouts more possible? Hopefully that ECU upgrade tamed the traction control. That’s a moot point though, as the concept of building an engine with too much torque for the car to handle is the thesis of this car. Too much, 100% of the time, everytime.
How much does craziness cost? This kind of craziness seems to be right in line with the market (surprisingly, there are 4 SL65 Black Series on eBay currently) at $240k with about 3000 miles. You could get some nice supercars for that kind of change, but you can be sure they won’t have the audacious power and fender flares present on a Black Series. No, it’s not the precision screamer of a Ferrari or the magic of the fastest of Porsches, but if Mercedes is your style, I’d take this over an SLR McLaren any day.
No massive back story here, it’s pretty simple: my european car came today featuring a modified CLK63 AMG Black Series and I can’t get it off my mind. I re-watched the unrivaled Top Gear segment and had to live the dream the only way I can: eBay ads. It’s simplicity, audacity, and brutality make it perhaps the most lust-worthy post-1980s car I can think of. I want it, and I want to rage in it.
So how to rationalize this dark fantasy? Well, I certainly can’t in my current paygrade, but if I were in the position to spend $70k or more on a sports car, I would overlook the newer M3, the RS5, R8, CTS-V, GTR, the myriad 911s, etc. etc. as they are positively weaksauce compared to this… this is the kind of unique, raw, incredible German machine that I would choose. It’s badass in a way the Aston Martin Vantage V8 only wishes it could be. All 18,600 of glorious driving miles are at around $50k at time of writing with 4 days left; other buy-it-nows range from $75-90k. I’d give organs to have this car in the garage.
For those of you who follow the investment world you probably heard of ponzi scam artist Scott Rothstein. With him looking at up to 100 years in jail and the feds taking all his assets, his large modern exotic car collection is up for auction.
The auction catalog doesn’t have too much from Germany. It does have a Bugatti Veyron.
The one German item that caught my eye was this canary yellow SLR convertible. The auction happens June 3rd in Florida.
The high profile nature of this case probably means lots of people will be watching the auction so you may not find any deals here. Also I suspect in a situation like this the yokels who towed the cars and are setting up the auction probably beat the ever loving crap out of the cars doing donuts in the parking lot.