The German chip-tuning specialist Kubatech has revealed its first ECU upgrade program for the gorgeous 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar. Although not as visually, um, impressive as similar tuning packages designed by, say, Mansory, this particular is also not as expensive either (well, if money is indeed an issue for a person buying an SLS AMG.)
While the Mercedes SLS is not one of those cars that can be accused of offering an underpowered engine for top dollars, the vehicle was designed with prudent drivers in mind and certainly has an extensive upgrade potential for, let’s put it this way, drivers who want their “statement” car to also be an adrenaline pump on four wheels that they can, hopefully, get on a closed road and beat the hell out of it. Some of you may have already heard that Mercedes-Benz subsidiary AMG is working on a high-performance version of their top of the range supercar that brought back to life the famous gullwing-style doors of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300SL sports car from the 1950s.
Expected to be named Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, the factory-upgraded vehicle will be delivered with its 6.3-liter V8 powerplant tuned to a deafeningly higher note of 600 hp of power and 677 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque, which is about 30 hp and 27 Nm more than a standard version of the engine can provide.
Well, the German tuner Kubatech also wants a small share of the pie, so the company has offered an ECU upgrade kit targeting those who just can’t wait until the AMG-tuned version finally arrives. With the electronic engine control program rewritten with real petrolheads in mind, the chip will allow to increase the V8 engine’s power output to even more impressive 616 hp and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque.
Although I don’t really expect the car to deliver some overwhelmingly high level of performance (well, at least compared to the base version of the supercar that accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of almost 320 km/h,) but the tuning kit will surely help you on a Quarter Mile if you are rational enough not to put it against a 30-year old BMW M3 E30 with an M5 engine cramped under its tiny hood and a gasoline-drinking maniac snarling behind its steering wheel.
I just wonder, how long it will take before you will have to replace the gearbox or some other valuable (and expensive) part of the drivetrain, although the company says that all modifications are within the recommended limits and do not void the manufacturer’s warranty.
As for the pricing, the German tuning specialist plans to charge you at least €8026 for the reprogramming of the ECU module.
Not cheap, but it probably has something to do with hours on a stand needed to properly fine-tune the engine. Also, that surely beats the cost of buying the upcoming SLS AMG Black Series model that, besides the aforementioned engine modifications, will also offer a lot of other pricey upgrades to the vehicle’s suspension, interior and, possibly, exterior.
See also: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing eDrive with electric drive