The newest member of a legendary and exclusive family, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, will arrive in Australia in strictly limited numbers. Only 28 copies are sold here, all of which are already assigned to local customers.
The GT Black Series is the sixth model for the most performance-oriented branch of the AMG family, the first Black Series to be offered since 2013, and has the most powerful AMG V8 series engine to date.
The coveted 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine on which other models in the Mercedes-Benz GT family are based has been significantly redesigned to achieve a staggering 537 kW and 800 Nm, so that it can run in just 3.2 Can sprint to 100 km / h in seconds.
The road-legal Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series focuses heavily on performance on the racetrack and takes on many of the aerodynamically optimized features of the fantastic Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car.
Australia’s bound models, which further strengthen the qualities of the GT Black Series as a specialist for track days, are equipped as standard with the track package, which contains a light screwed titanium tube cage to protect against rollovers.
Four-point seat belts for the driver and front passenger are also provided. The rollover system has the additional advantage that the already excellent vehicle rigidity is increased and the driving dynamics are positively influenced.
Thanks to a “flat” crankshaft (instead of the “cross-plane” variant previously used) and larger compressors in the twin-scroll turbochargers, Mercedes-AMG has delivered a more agile throttle response than ever before.
The Bi-Turbo V8 transfers the power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual clutch transmission, which is located in a transaxle arrangement on the rear axle for optimal weight distribution.
It has been adjusted to accommodate the increased torque produced by the engine, and previous limits on shift performance and response time have been expanded to accommodate use on the racetrack.
The Race Start function is now even more impressive thanks to the increased starting speed, more sensitive wheel slip control and racing tires specially developed by Michelin for the Black Series.
A new bonnet made of carbon fiber has two large exhaust air outlets made of black painted carbon surfaces. The outlets direct warm air, which is supplied from the diagonally arranged cooling package, out of the engine compartment.
The air that flows around the vehicle is also optimized by new, significantly larger and wider side skirts. In addition, a two-stage rear wing is added, which is deliberately framed by a new rear apron with a large diffuser and two rounded twin tailpipe panels.
The generous use of carbon fiber and the use of thin, light glass for the front and rear windows contribute to considerable weight-saving measures that apply exclusively to the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
Light-metal forged wheels also contribute to weight reduction, as do a double-adjustable torsion bar made of carbon fiber for the front axle and hollow tubular steel for the rear axle.
As with the Mercedes-AMG GT R, the GT Black series also uses an AMG coilover kit with adjustable spring preload, the technology of which is adapted to the specific requirements for use on extreme racetracks with high damping forces.
The standard vehicle height is suitable for popular racetracks where the curbs are driven over for fast lap times. The driver can also set the adaptive damping properties at the push of a button or using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes.
For example, the ‘Sport Plus’ mode is ideal for use on racetracks, where the quality of the track surface can be automatically recognized and the electronic damping can be automatically adjusted.
In order to develop and perfect this logic, the GT Black Series was tailored to a variety of different track types. The AMG TRACTION CONTROL offers individual support in controlling the immense performance of the GT Black Series.
Innovative, colored display buttons in the V-shaped center console integrate the display and control of transmission logic, suspension, ESP, exhaust system, rear wing flap and start / stop function.
The TFT display buttons have a mechanical pressure point so that they can be operated with racing gloves.
The GT Black series also has the fully digital instrument displays of the AMG GT family with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster in front of the driver and a 10.25-inch multimedia monitor on the center console.
The instrument cluster offers three AMG-specific display styles: “Classic”, “Sporty” or “Supersport”. The “Supersport” view has a central rev counter and contains extensive additional information, e.g. B. Shift requests.
The interior design underlines the pole position of the GT Black series with exclusive nappa leather, combined with sporty DINAMICA microfibre in black and orange contrasting stitching.
The instrument panel and the newly designed, lightweight door panels, which are now equipped with loop handles instead of conventional handles, are covered with black DINAMICA microfiber.
Further orange-colored contrasting seams (gray quilting seams are available as a free option), the matt black carbon fiber cladding and the Interior Night Package provide further striking highlights.
The AMG carbon-fiber bucket seats combine low weight with optimal lateral support. Further improvements are an AMG car cover for the interior, a standard metallic paintwork with nano-ceramic paint technology or a Designo-Magno paintwork.
It is equipped with 19/20 inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels, a 75-liter fuel tank, an AMG Track Pace data logger, a Burmester 1000W 11-speaker sound system and a 5-year unlimited mileage guarantee.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series costs $ 796,900 (plus road costs) and is now available to customers in Australia with an allocation based on individual specification. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021.