The new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series was revealed in 2021 in July and has since won the Nürburgring car lap record with a time of 6: 43.61.
This beats the previous record of 6: 44.97 set by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in 2018, and AMG did so with direct-drive rear-wheel drive only.
Sales begin in early 2021, and AMG announced Tuesday that pricing, including destination, will start at $ 326,050. That’s a good price to pay for the next step up the ladder, last year’s GT R Pro starting at $ 200,645, but the GT Black Series is on a different level.
The star of the show is a reinterpretation of AMG’s well-known 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. The engine benefits from several enhancements, including a flat crankshaft that improves low-end torque and gives the GT Black series an impressive soundtrack. Some of the exhaust pipes were also moved between the cylinder banks and the compressor wheels for the turbochargers were enlarged. Boost pressure is now 24.6 psi, compared to 19.6 on the GT R Pro.
This significantly increases performance. AMG names a maximum power of 720 hp and a torque of 590 Nm, the latter available from 2,000 rpm. The result is a car that accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, to 124 mph in less than 9.0 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a new carbon fiber torsion tube and an updated version of the GT’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The transmission has been modified to handle the additional grunt of the GT Black Series engine and to allow for faster shifting. Cooling was also improved during long days on the track.
To keep the GT Black Series aside, the regular GT bodywork has been almost completely redesigned with new aerodynamic elements. There is a large manually adjustable divider at the front, as well as dive planes to push the air in an efficient and intimidating way. At the stern is a double-decker wing to attach the muscular tail to the asphalt. A quad exhaust setup is the result of an excellent rear diffuser. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because most of it comes from the latest AMG GT3 race car.
A straightforward element of motorsports is the new carbon fiber hood, whose wide openings keep the engine cool by increasing downforce. The extracted air is directed aft around the A-pillars and side windows, where it interacts with the rear spoiler.
The wheels are forged units measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. They are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires that measure 285/35 at the front and robust 335/30 at the rear. A special “hard compound” version of this tire is also available for track days when the ambient temperature is warm. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard and have a total car weight of 3,616 pounds.
AMG engineers installed a new traction control system with nine levels of tuning (Level 1 for wet conditions and Level 9 for maximum side effect). The traction control system is operated via a command on the center console and adjusts for possible slippage by monitoring the performance of the wheels through engine mapping, just like in GT race cars. This means that the stability control system does not really intervene.
The Sport Plus mode of the driving mode selector is also noteworthy. In the GT Black series, this was developed for certain track surfaces, as the degree of damping of the suspension can be adapted to the different degrees of smoothness of different racetracks. The profiles of some popular songs are programmed in.
Few options remain to add in this price range. The remaining buyer options include a model-exclusive orange paint called AMG Magmabeam, as well as contrast stitching in the cabin.
AMG usually releases the Black Series as the ultimate variant of the model, which means the current GT will likely be on its way soon. His successor is set to be there and he might already be bullied. All we know about the upcoming GT is that it will be based on a new modular sports car platform that will be shared with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The platform is expected to generate weight savings and possibly some form of electricity.