Black Friday is here! It’s the day when shops go nuts on the run up to Christmas – and many retailers offer discounts to encourage record-breaking sales figures.
We at Motoring Research are quite happy to pop to the petrol station on Christmas Eve to buy our loved ones a bottle of anti-freeze – so for now, let’s avoid the shops by looking at some of the weird and wonderful Black editions offered by car manufacturers.
First, the top three Black Friday motoring bargains…
1 Audi Black Edition
If you like a little bit more for your money (who doesn’t), Audi offers its Black Edition across most of its range. It takes an already well-appointed S line model and adds titanium-finished alloys; a black styling pack (including a cool matt black radiator grille); privacy glass and a Bang and Olufsen or Bose sound system. It looks cool but also saves you cash – the price is lower than if those options were selected individually.
And, if you opt for the A1, you can own your own Black Edition bargain for £10 over £20k.
2 Vauxhall Corsa Black Edition
If you like your Black Editions a bit more down to earth, how about a Corsa?
£15,995 gets you a limited edition Corsa Black, which features a host of extras as standard, including 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, cruise control and carbon flash paint (black…).
Vauxhall is also offering 0% finance on its Corsa Black. And, if you’re aged between 21 and 75, you get free insurance for a year when you buy a new Corsa.
3 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
If the SLS AMG just isn’t fast or exclusive enough for you – for just another £65,000 you can be driving an SLS AMG Black Series.For £230,000 you get 60hp over the standard SLS – shaving 0.1 of a second of its 0-62mph time, taking it down to 3.6 seconds.
It’s much more desirable than the Final Edition that Mercedes-Benz unveiled at Tokyo and LA motor shows last week – we were disappointed to find it had no more power than standard.
So, grab the performance bargain that is the Black Edition while you can, before SLS production comes to an end and used cars command a premium.
Really, though, the biggest bargains are often found on the used car market rather than new. So here are some other cool Black Editions available secondhand instead…
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series
The CLK 63 AMG was the first Mercedes-Benz to gain Black Series status. Produced from 2007 to 2009, the CLK 63 Black Series was bonkers – AMG removed the CLK’s rear seats and fitted a 6.3-litre V8 engine that produced over 500hp and reached 60mph in 4.3 seconds.
It wasn’t cheap, at £100,000, but that didn’t stop Jeremy Clarkson buying one.
Porsche Cayman S Black Edition
Perhaps a little bit more modest than the CLK, the Cayman S Black Edition launched in 2011 had its power boosted by 10hp – taking it to 330hp.
Not the biggest increase then, but the 0-60mph time did drop to 4.8 seconds with Porsche’s PDK twin-clutch gearbox.
And, of course, the Cayman Black Edition was black. Very black, in fact, with black 19-inch alloys and plenty of black trim inside and out. Only 500 Cayman S Black Editions were sold – at a price of £50,240, an increase of £2,500 over the standard Cayman S.
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 Black Edition
If you’re dreading that moment when you have no choice but to tackle a shopping centre car park over the Christmas period, this Black Edition Unimog from 2005 could be the answer.
286hp might not sound earth shattering, but the 811lb/ft of torque could shatter the entire solar system. We reckon if Santa didn’t have his sleigh, he’d probably use a Unimog. Possibly a black one too, if he was feeling a bit bad-ass. It’s got a payload of 4.3 tonnes – that’s equivalent to 1185 X-Box Ones.
Dacia Duster Black Edition
Originally created as a one-off to celebrate the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, customer demand was so high that Dacia went on to offer the Black Edition upgrades as part of an optional pack available to customers.
£5885 for the pack gives the Duster Black Edition (which is available in Ambiance or Laureate spec, only with the diesel engine) a starting price of £17,480.
That kind of goes against the cheap, no-thrills concept of the Dacia Duster, but it looks cool. And, without the pack, you can pick one up for £99 per month… or perhaps you could hunt down one of these nearly-new instead?
MINI Countryman and Paceman Frozen Black
Not technically limited edition models, but MINI is offering both the Countryman and Paceman in limited edition Frozen Black paint, which we think looks ace.
Apparently it’s not any old matt black paint. The Frozen Black paint is made using “a complex manufacturing process exclusive to the BMW Group”. We don’t know what the secret it, but if you really want a matt black Countryman you can now get one for half price – sort of.
Although you could get one nearly new, we’d say that deal beats even that. Either way, it’s a bit of a bargain.