THE latest member of a legendary and exclusive family, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, is set for its Australian arrival in strictly limited numbers. Only 28 examples will be sold here, all of which are already allocated to local customers.
The GT Black Series is the sixth model to grace the most performance-focused branch of the AMG family, the first Black Series to be offered since 2013, and sports the most powerful AMG V8 production engine to date.
The coveted 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine that underpins other models of the Mercedes-Benz GT family has been significantly redesigned to extract a staggering 537kW and 800Nm, making it capable of sprinting to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds.
The road legal Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is firmly focused on racetrack performance, inheriting many of the aerodynamically optimised features of the awesome Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car.
Further bolstering the qualities of the GT Black Series as a track day specialist, Australia bound models will be fitted as standard with the Track Package, which includes a lightweight bolted titanium tube cage for rollover protection.
Four point seatbelts for the driver and passenger are also present. The rollover system has the added benefit of increasing the already excellent vehicle rigidity, with a positive influence on driving dynamics.
Thanks to a ‘flat’ crankshaft (rather than the previously used ‘cross-plane’ variety), and larger compressors on the twin scroll turbochargers, Mercedes-AMG has delivered more agile throttle response than ever before.
The bi-turbo V8 transmits power to the rear wheels via a seven speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual clutch transmission, which is located on the rear axle in a transaxle arrangement for optimal weight distribution.
It has been adapted to the increased torque produced by the engine, and previous limits governing shift performance and response time have been extended to suit racetrack use.
Thanks to increased starting revs, more sensitive wheel slip control and racetrack ready sports tyres that were specifically designed for the Black Series by Michelin, the Race Start function is also now even more impressive.
A new carbon-fibre bonnet features two large exhaust air outlets made from black-finished carbon surfaces. The outlets guide warm air fed from the diagonally positioned cooling pack out of the engine compartment.
Air flowing around the vehicle is also optimised by new, significantly larger and wider side sill panels, with a two-stage rear aerofoil also added, purposefully framed by a new rear apron with a large diffuser, plus two rounded twin tailpipe trims.
Liberal use of carbon-fibre, as well as deployment of thin, lightweight glass for the front and rear screens, contribute to significant weight saving measures exclusive to the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
Light-alloy forged wheels also contribute to weight reduction, as does a dual adjustable torsion bar made of carbon-fibre for the front axle and hollow-tube steel for the rear axle.
As with the Mercedes-AMG GT R, AMG coil-over suspension with adjustable spring preload is used in the GT Black Series, with technology adapted to meet the specific requirements for extreme racetrack use with high damping forces.
The standard vehicle height is suitable for popular racetracks where the kerbs are driven over for fast lap times. The driver can also adjust the adaptive damping characteristics at the touch of a button, or by using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes.
For example, the ‘Sport Plus’ mode is ideal for use on racetracks where it can automatically recognise the quality of the track surface and automatically adapt the level of electronic damping.
To develop and perfect this logic, the GT Black Series was tailored to a wide range of different track types. The AMG TRACTION CONTROL provides individual support for controlling the immense power of the GT Black Series as well.
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 have a mechanical pressure point so they can be operated while wearing racing gloves.
The GT Black Series also features the fully digital instrument displays from 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 centre console.
The instrument cluster offers three AMG-specific display styles ‘Classic’, ‘Sporty’ or ‘Supersport’. The ‘Supersport’ view has a central rev counter and features extensive additional information, such as shift prompting.
The interior design emphasises the pole position of the GT Black Series, featuring exclusive nappa leather, combined with sporty DINAMICA microfibre in black, with orange contrasting topstitching.
The instrument panel and the newly designed lightweight door panels, which are now equipped with loop pull handles instead of conventional handles, are trimmed in black DINAMICA microfibre.
Further orange contrasting topstitching (grey topstitching is available as a no-cost option), matte 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. Other included enhancements include an AMG indoor car cover, standard metallic paintwork with nano ceramic paint technology or designo magno paintwork.
It’s fitted with 19/20-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels, a 75-litre fuel tank, AMG Track Pace data logger, a Burmester 1000W 11-speaker sound system, and a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is priced at $796,900 (plus on-roads) and is now available for individual specification to customers in Australia with an allocation. Deliveries are expected to commence in Q2 2021.