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    • Head to Head: Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series tested against the Dodge Viper in the 1/4 mile and around the track

      Great to see this comparison between two very powerful front engine and rear wheel drive sports cars although they are in two completely different price ranges. The SLS Black Series is brand new and take the SLS AMG to the next level thanks to the Black Series treatment. 631 horsepower, increased redline to 8000 rpm, 200 pounds shaved off, aerodynamic tweaks, suspension tweaks, carbon ceramic brakes, essentially, the works.


      The Viper goes about its business a bit differently. It is more brute force than sophistication. No fancy dual clutch gearbox, no high revving V8, instead a big 8.4 liter V10 with 640 horsepower mated to a classic manual gearbox. The interior lacks the sophistication of the SLS AMG but it also lacks the sticker shock of the SLS Black Series undercutting it by almost $200k. You could have two Vipers and quite a bit of spare change for the price of the SLS AMG Black Series.

      That said, these are performance cars so what are the numbers? Acceleration figures are in the favor of the SLS AMG Black Series. The Viper manages 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.5@128.7. It's fast. The SLS AMG is faster with 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and the 1/4 mile coming in 11.1@129.8. Impressive, unless one is about $ per performance which in which case these are two cars they are not cross shopping.

      MotorTrend gets the weight wrong it's basically a wash. They quote the SLS Black Series at 37XX whereas Mercedes-Benz lists it at 3417. A mistake, but one MotorTrend should not be making.

      What about around the track? The Viper's Laguna Seca laptime is a very nice 1:36.42. It is said to not be as planted as the SLS AMG which manages a 1:35.03. That's a pretty large difference and the Black Series better be quicker around the track for what Mercedes-Benz is charging. It's a phenomenal car. Both of these cars are.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: MT SLS BS Head to Head, 11.1 @ 129 MPH started by Drunkenup View original post
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Great to see this comparison between two very powerful front engine and rear wheel drive sports cars although they are in two completely different price ranges. The SLS Black Series is brand new and take the SLS AMG to the next level thanks to the Black Series treatment. 631 horsepower, increased redline to 8000 rpm, 200 pounds shaved off, aerodynamic tweaks, suspension tweaks, carbon ceramic brakes, essentially, the works.

        Click here to enlarge

        The Viper goes about its business a bit differently. It is more brute force than sophistication. No fancy dual clutch gearbox, no high revving V8, instead a big 8.4 liter V10 with 640 horsepower mated to a classic manual gearbox. The interior lacks the sophistication of the SLS AMG but it also lacks the sticker shock of the SLS Black Series undercutting it by almost $200k. You could have two Vipers and quite a bit of spare change for the price of the SLS AMG Black Series.

        That said, these are performance cars so what are the numbers? Acceleration figures are in the favor of the SLS AMG Black Series. The Viper manages 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.5@128.7. It's fast. The SLS AMG is faster with 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and the 1/4 mile coming in 11.1@129.8. Impressive, unless one is about $ per performance which in which case these are two cars they are not cross shopping.

        MotorTrend gets the weight wrong it's basically a wash. They quote the SLS Black Series at 37XX whereas Mercedes-Benz lists it at 3417. A mistake, but one MotorTrend should not be making.

        What about around the track? The Viper's Laguna Seca laptime is a very nice 1:36.42. It is said to not be as planted as the SLS AMG which manages a 1:35.03. That's a pretty large difference and the Black Series better be quicker around the track for what Mercedes-Benz is charging. It's a phenomenal car. Both of these cars are.

      1. 63Master's Avatar
        63Master -
        Very nice comparison. Glad to see the SLS BS beating the new Viper.
      1. Jacob502's Avatar
        Jacob502 -
        with a tune + headers it will surley be a ten second car!Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jacob502 Click here to enlarge
        with a tune + headers it will surley be a ten second car!Click here to enlarge
        With drag rubber it probably is stock.
      1. onisyndicate's Avatar
        onisyndicate -
        I like Mercedes-Benz but this motor trend comparison is a little off. The Viper TA runs that track at 133.62. I think it would have been a better comparison the SLS Black Vs. Viper TA to be honest. But the comments under the video very well show that.

        Also as much as I loved shifting gears as a kid. My knees don't work as well as they used to, so DCT will be my next choice for a gearbox in a sports car.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by onisyndicate Click here to enlarge
        The Viper TA runs that track at 133.62.
        I don't doubt it but these guys aren't the best at drag racing. Although in the direct comparison the Viper does get beat and it should. Dual clutch + similar weight, I'd give the SLS the edge just like what you see happen.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by onisyndicate Click here to enlarge
        I think it would have been a better comparison the SLS Black Vs. Viper TA to be honest. But the comments under the video very well show that.
        Definitely.
      1. zod's Avatar
        zod -
        wonder how this fares against the rest of the range in a straight line...that trap says its a beast up top !!!
      1. sammy_0559's Avatar
        sammy_0559 -
        i cringed @ 30 seconds that retard scraped hardcore Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by zod Click here to enlarge
        wonder how this fares against the rest of the range in a straight line...that trap says its a beast up top !!!
        It's faster than anything else in the range.
      1. DD GT3 RD's Avatar
        DD GT3 RD -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I don't doubt it but these guys aren't the best at drag racing. Although in the direct comparison the Viper does get beat and it should. Dual clutch + similar weight, I'd give the SLS the edge just like what you see happen.

        Pretty sure he meant at Laguna Seca...randy pobst ran a 1:33 in the updated TA viper, beating the ZR1 which it lost to when they compared the non TA viper vs ZR1. Believe the viper set the production car record there
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DD GT3 RD Click here to enlarge
        Pretty sure he meant at Laguna Seca...randy pobst ran a 1:33 in the updated TA viper, beating the ZR1 which it lost to when they compared the non TA viper vs ZR1. Believe the viper set the production car record there
        So would that mean the SLS BS has the new production car record ?
      1. DD GT3 RD's Avatar
        DD GT3 RD -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
        So would that mean the SLS BS has the new production car record ?
        No. It ran 1:35. Viper 1:33
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        gotcha, thanks. that Viper ACR is going to be nuts Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DD GT3 RD Click here to enlarge
        Pretty sure he meant at Laguna Seca...randy pobst ran a 1:33 in the updated TA viper, beating the ZR1 which it lost to when they compared the non TA viper vs ZR1. Believe the viper set the production car record there
        The Viper on the track and the ACR in particular definitely is impressive. As is the SLS. The Viper offers a hell of a lot for the dollar.
      1. Jimefam's Avatar
        Jimefam -
        Why would anyone want the SLS for that price? If you've got $300k you can spend another 100k and get the Aventador and have a better looking, much nicer and MUCH faster car. Not to mention the aftermarket for the lambo is going to be crazy compared to the benz.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jimefam Click here to enlarge
        Why would anyone want the SLS for that price? If you've got $300k you can spend another 100k and get the Aventador and have a better looking, much nicer and MUCH faster car. Not to mention the aftermarket for the lambo is going to be crazy compared to the benz.
        First of all the SLS aftermarket is more lively than the Aventador aftermarket. Secondly, $100k still is a lot of money. And finally, somebody may want an SLS Black Series instead.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        I would take the SLS BS over the Aventador any day. I'd also be willing to bet the SLS BS would be faster on a road course than the Lambo. I haven't driven one, but I've heard they don't handle too well.