The Black Series name has officially returned to Mercedes-AMG. After releasing a short teaser video of the all-new AMG GT Black Series last week, the German marque has officially revealed the road-going race car. Needless to say, it looks even wilder in full. More importantly, it also has one of the most powerful Mercedes-AMG motors to match the looks.
As shown in the quick teaser video before, the Black Series gets a host of aero upgrades. The front features a new wider bumper with a big Panamericana grille. To help improve airflow, a splitter along with canards have been fitted as well. Further adding aggressiveness is the new vented hood.
To match the wider bumper, new vented fenders have been fitted on the Black Series as well with smaller vents on top of the fenders, similar to GT3 race cars. A new side skirt, wheels, and a wider rear bumper complete the exterior upgrades. Lightweight carbon fiber was used in nearly all the panels including the roof in order to save weight.
Probably the GT Black Series most prominent feature is the rear wing. Instead of a one-piece unit, Mercedes has fitted the coupe with a bi-plane wing. Look closer and you can see a smaller wing in between the mounts. Meanwhile, the upper spoiler features an electronically controlled flap which retracts or deploys when needed.
In order to match the looks, the Mercedes has upgraded the 4.0-liter twin-turbo AMG V8. It now uses dry-sump lubrication, a new camshaft and new exhaust manifold, and a flat-plane crankshaft. With the help of new turbos, the engine now produces 730 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque with a redline of 7,200 rpm, making it the most powerful AMG V8 series yet. Power is then sent to the rear wheels via AMG’s 7G dual-clutch transmission through a carbon-fiber driveshaft.
As a result, Mercedes says the AMG GT Black Series can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, and go from 0 to 200 km/h in under nine seconds. The top speed is rated at 325 km/h. To help the car go fast even around corners, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires have been fitted. The suspension has also been tweaked to keep the car planted. Meanwhile, carbon-ceramic brakes help stop the car as fast as it accelerates.
If you happen to own the older AMG Black Series models, then this would be a perfect fit for your collection. Official pricing and production numbers of the AMG GT Black Series have yet to be announced. But considering the price of the AMG GT R, don’t expect the Black Series to be economical.