Car Reporters Went Crazy For The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Photo: Alex Davies

Earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz released photos and specs for the SLS AMG Black Series, the incredibly powerful production spinoff of the SLS AMG GT3 race car.At the LA Auto Show on Wednesday, the Black Series made its first public debut during the Mercedes-Benz press conference. First, the crowd of auto journalists heard the 6.3-liter V8 engine (which produces 622 horsepower). Then, it drove onto the stage.

Everyone stayed back while Steve Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, heralded the car’s 196 mph top speed and 0 to 60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and went over the different packages available.

Then he stepped out of the way, and the car was surrounded by excited reporters.

Disclosure: Ford paid for our travel and lodging expenses to visit the LA Auto Show this year.

During the press conference, the crowd waited eagerly to see the Black Series.

Everyone jostled to get a good view as the car rolled into view.

Then Steve Cannon and Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, showed it off in all its glory.

Cannon posed for pictures, and people began edging onto the stage.

Everyone with a camera tried to get a good shot before the Black Series was surrounded.

Before long, it was too late.

And this is what the scene looked like thereafter.

Here's another reveal from the LA Auto Show.

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