Mercedes-AMG has been synonymous with exceptional dynamics and performance for many years and this latest offering promises to be the most exciting yet.
The GT Black Series is the most powerful Mercedes-AMG with a V8 engine ever, and continues the tradition of these high octane models being uncompromisingly sporty, with an expressive design and the most consistent technology transfer from motorsport to series production.
These are exclusive automotive rarities – but they’ve not been developed to just gather dust in collectors’ garages. They should be used in their element – thundering at full-throttle on racetracks, despite being approved for roads.
Tobias Moers, chairman of the board at Mercedes-AMG GmbH, is rightly proud of the car. He said: “The new GT Black Series is our latest automotive highlight and continues a tradition established in 2006. The sixth version of its kind is another AMG milestone and impressive proof of the incredible development expertise in Affalterbach. I am proud of the team who have created a unique super sports car, which now represents the absolute peak of our successful GT family. The performance, looks and driving dynamics of the GT Black Series are second to none. This project was a fantastic end to my work at AMG, for which I am truly thankful.”
The new GT Black Series engine may be based on the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, but it has been given the new internal code M178 LS2 due to the numerous modifications. It achieves 537 kW (730 hp) at 6700-6900 rpm and delivers a maximum torque of 800 Nm at 2000-6000 rpm. New camshafts and exhaust manifolds are adapted to the new firing order and further improve the gas cycle. This two-door vehicle shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in a blistering 3.2 seconds, and to 200 km/h in under nine seconds. The top speed is 325 km/h.
It’s not all about the performance though – the model is strikingly eye-catching. Everything about it shouts performance and promise of an exceptionally thrilling drive.
The cabin is driver-focused and has a race designed car look and feel. Exclusive nappa leather is combined with sporty DINAMICA microfibre in black with orange contrasting topstitching. The instrument panel and the newly designed lightweight door panels are trimmed in black DINAMICA microfibre. Further orange contrasting topstitching, matt black carbon-fibre trim and the Interior Night Package add further striking highlights. The AMG carbon-fibre bucket seats combine low weight with optimum lateral support. The interior is also optionally available with grey contrasting topstitching.
The AMG GT Black Series features the fully digital instrument displays from the AMG GT family with an instrument cluster measuring 12.3 inches in front of the driver, and a 10.25-inch multimedia monitor on the centre console. The instrument cluster offers different designs with the three AMG-specific display styles: Classic, Sporty or Supersport. The Supersport view with a central rev counter features extensive additional information, such as a prompt to shift up in manual transmission mode, the shift light. The visualisations on the multimedia display enable further vehicle functions to be experienced, for example, with animated presentations of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems.
The innovative, coloured display buttons in the V-shaped central console integrate the display and control of transmission logic, suspension, ESP, exhaust system, rear aerofoil flap and start/stop function. The TFT display buttons use intuitively comprehensible symbols to show their functions and are easy to operate with just a small tap of the finger.
The AMG Performance steering wheel is also adopted from the AMG GT family. It is characterised by its sporty design, a flattened bottom section with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation. The steering wheel rim is fully trimmed in DINAMICA microfibre, while the steering wheel badge exclusively features the Black Series lettering, along with the AMG logo. The aluminium steering wheel shift paddles for manual gear changes allow even sportier driving. The integrated Touch Control buttons can be used to control the instrument cluster and the multimedia display by means of horizontal and vertical finger swipes.
An AMG Track Package is available as an option in several markets. It comprises a roll-over protection system, 4-point seat belts for driver and front passenger, and a 2kg fire extinguisher (both items exclusively designed for racetrack use). The lightweight bolted titanium-tube cage of the roll-over protection system consists of a main roll bar, a brace for mounting the seat belts, two rear braces and a diagonal X-brace at the rear. The system further increases the already excellent vehicle rigidity and thus also has a positive influence on the vehicle’s driving dynamics. It also increases passive safety.
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