We hadn’t seen a Black Series in a few years, but the wait was not wasted. We now discover the father of all Mercedes-AMGs , the Coupé GT Black Series with its 720 horsepower.
As expected, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series doesn’t cut corners when it comes to looks. AMG reworked the car from bumper to bumper, taking inspiration from GT3 and GT4 racing. The front is particularly dynamic with a gaping radiating grille at the base. The latter is framed by aerodynamic flaps as well as an adjustable spoiler depending on the type of driving. In this way, the Black Series optimizes its penetration rate in the air.
The hood is also at the heart of the action. Entirely made of carbon fiber, it incorporates air intakes and outlets. This creates an air supply and promotes additional negative pressure, always with a view to performance. AMG is not done with carbon fiber, the roof also goes with a configuration with two bulges as well as the side skirts and the tailgate.
The rims are a spectacle in themselves. With 10 branches each, they measure 19 inches at the front against 20 at the back. AMG uses Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which are among the most dynamic and grippy currently on the market.
At the rear, improvements continue with a huge two-piece spoiler also made of carbon fiber. Considering the capabilities of the model, the spoiler adjusts automatically depending on the speed or manually according to the driver\’s needs.
At the bottom of the body, an imposing black carbon fiber diffuser is required. There are also two pairs of large exhaust pipes. To complete the exterior tour, AMG thins the vehicle\’s bezel. In addition, by adding the number of modifications to the bodywork, AMG maintains that the negative pressure exceeds the free 882 when traveling at 250 km / h.
In the cabin, we retain most of what we know about the GT Coupé. The spirit is renewed, but the dressing is more distinctive. This gives de facto topstitching on the seats, doors and dashboard. The covering is mainly made of nappa leather and suede. The seat structure is also made of carbon fiber. Interesting detail, the door handles are abandoned in favor of simple tongues. AMG adds a yellow wheel in the dashboard which manages the level of intervention of the traction system. At 9 levels, the first is used when conditions are difficult, while the last completely unleashes the car for maximum driving pleasure.
For Europeans who want to use the capabilities of their racing car on the track, AMG offers the Track option, which includes a seat with seat belts in a 4-point harness, a fire extinguisher and a protective titanium cage. . Sadly and against all odds, this option will not be available in North America.
Aesthetics are certainly important, but what matters most is under the hood. We renew the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Heavily modified, it incorporates among other things a flat crankshaft, a rather rare characteristic in the industry. It also benefits from new camshafts, more efficient exhaust manifolds as well as a dry sump lubrication system. Obviously, the turbo are more imposing. On the count, the power goes from 577 to 720 horses. As for torque, it drops from 516 to 590 lb-ft. Everything is married to a 7-speed automatic transmission with double clutch.
AMG brings several other technical improvements. In the lot, we get carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive suspensions, a torque vector, rather more imposing anti-roll bars. In order to increase structural rigidity and lighten the weight, the transmission tunnel is constructed from carbon fiber.
As for the numbers, there is something to have fun with. AMG announces a 0 to 100 km / hour in 3.2 seconds and a 0 to 200 under 9 seconds. As for top speed, it is obviously totally illegal in Canada at 325 kilometers per hour.