AMG has revealed its first Black Series road car since 2014, setting new standards for Mercedes-Benz’s V8 road cars.
Keen followers of the Mercedes-Benz performance sub-brand will know that Black Series denotes the most potent AMGs. They are also usually introduced towards the end of a model’s lifecycle.
For the new GT Black Series, AMG has taken its dedicated sportscar platform and added a dramatic design and new engine.
Although the overall proportions and silhouette remains broadly familiar, AMG claims that not a single body panel is relatable to its other GT-series cars. This new GT Black Series is very much a trackday toy, instead of a conventional high-performance grand touring car.
Design dominated by aerodynamics
The oversized Panamericana grille is framed by a reshaped front bumper. There is also a manually adjustable aero splitter, below the bumper, which can be set-up for both road and track use, depending on how much downforce or speedbump clearance you require.
Aerodynamic features can be found all over the GT Black Series. The composite bonnet features cooling ducts and air scoops, whilst canards are mounted to the front quarter panels, managing airflow ahead of the wheel arches.
At the rear there is a new bumper moulding and enormous fixed wing. The GT Black Series rear aero structure can be electronically adjusted from the driving position, to allow for a 20-degree change in its angle of attack – prioritising either downforce or greater top speed potential. Balancing airflow under the car, is a diffuser – attached to the rear bumper.
Beyond the dramatic exterior, AMG has cabin architecture concerned with driver and passenger comfort, at high speed and cornering loads.
The deep bucket seats have carbon-fibre shell structures and four-point safety harnesses. Traction and stability control functions are adjusted with a bright yellow dial and in the case of things going awry, there is a fire extinguisher onboard.
Huge power and performance
What about that new engine? Indeed. The AMG GT Black Series is powered by a four-litre turbocharged V8, which might be similar in configuration to many other AMG vehicles, but carries its own engine M178 LS2.
Spinning a flat plane crankshaft the GT Black Series engine is capable of 537kW and 800Nm. It also has a credible high rev ceiling of 7200rpm and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to channel power to the rear wheels.
With its lightweight carbon-fibre bodywork and huge power reserves, the rear-wheel drive GT Black Series is capable of 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 200km/h in under nine seconds. Top speed is 325km/h.
AMG’s engineers targeted dynamic driving balance, instead of pure top speed, as the design goal with GT Black Series. As such, it uses a coil-over suspension configuration and autonomous active damping at each wheel corner.
Further enhancing the car’s mechanical grip, are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tyres, which were developed specially for GT Black Series, by the French rubber specialist.
Limited number to arrive in SA
Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but with South Africa as one of the world’s strongest AMG demand markets, a very limited numbers of these Black Series cars should arrive locally in 2021.