2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series

The Black Series name returns to the Mercedes-Benz AMG lineup, with a new range-topping version of the GT sports car.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series secured the lap record for production cars at the Nurburgring with a time of 6:43:61, dethroning the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, AMG did it going rear wheel drive only!

Sales start in early 2021 and pricing starts at $326,050, that’s a lot of premium.

This car is powered by AMG’s familiar 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. The engine receives multiple upgrades including a flat-plane crankshaft, which helps improve low-end torque and give GT Black Series an awesome soundtrack. Exhaust pipings has also been moved to between the cylinder banks, and the turbochargers’ compressor wheels have enlarged. Boost pressure is now up to 24.6 psi, compared to 19.6 psi in the GT R Pro.

The result is a peak output of 720 HP & 800 Nm of torque which is available from 2,000 rpm. The result is 0-100kph takes just 3.1 seconds and 0-200kph in under 9 seconds. The top speed happens to be 325 kph.

Power is sent to rear-wheels only via a new carbon-fibre tube and an upgraded version of the GT’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The transmission has also been upgraded to handle the extra grunt from the GT Black Series’ engine & to deliver quicker shifts. Colliding has also improved for long days at the track.

To make sure that GT Black Series stay glued to the track, the regular GT body has been almost completely redesigned with new aero elements. Upfront, there’s a large, manually adjustable splitter along with dive planes to puch aur in an efficient way. At the rear is a two-stage wing to stick the tail to the track. A quad exhaust peeks out from an exceptional rear diffuser. The exhaust puts out thunderous sound, as a lot of it is pulled from the latest AMG GT3 race car.

The new carbon-fibre hood comes directly from the motorsport, it has large vents to boost engine cooling and downforce simultaneously.

Upgrades made to the suspension include a widened track front and rear, new coil-overs with adjustable damping, increased camber (manually adjustable) and toe-in stability, and motorsport-inspired spherical bearings on the lower wishbones instead of traditional bushings. A carbon-fiber sway bar was also added at the front axle, while a carbon-fiber shear panel was added to the rear underbody to improve rigidity.

Wheels upfront are 19 inches and 20 at the rear.

They come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires measuring 285/35 up front and a meaty 335/30 at the rear. A special “hard compound” version of this tire is also available for track days where ambient temperatures are on the warm side. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard and the car’s curb weight is 3,616 pounds(1640kg).

The AMG also features a new traction control system with nine levels of adjustment (Level 1 for wet conditions and Level 9 for maximum sideways action). Operated via a control on the center console, the traction control system adjusts the level of slip possible by controlling power to the wheels using the engine mapping, just like in the GT race car. It means you can control the amount of slides you want.

Also, the Sport Plus mode of the drive mode selector, has been tailored for specific track surfaces in that it can adjust the level of suspension damping to suit the varying smoothness of different racetracks. Profiles for some popular tracks are programmed in.

Summarising everything, the AMG GT Black Series is an absolute beast around the track. It is exceptionally fast on the bends and also on the straights.

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