There is indeed very good news for fans and enthusiasts of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT range: a Black Series is coming to town. This was according to a report by Australian Web site Motoring, citing AMG big boss Tobias Moers. Most likely, it would be an Mercedes-AMG GT R with a Black Series badge.
Mercedes commenced sales of the AMG GT in 2015. Since then, a number of versions appeared like the AMG GT S, AMG GT R, GT Roadster, GT C Roadster. The GT and the GT S were face-lifted this year. While all of these GT models were powered by a four-liter M178 twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, the tuning for each version was different. When the original GT was released around two years ago, the power rating was only pegged at 462 PS (340 kW; 456 bhp) of max output and 600 Nm (440 lb.-ft.) of peal torque.
When the AMG GT R was introduced, it changed the complexion of the GT Series by boasting of whopping power figures -- 585 PS (430 kW; 577 bhp) of max output and 700 Nm (520 lb.-ft. of peak torque. That was more than enough to send the high-performance GT R sprinting from nil to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 318 km/h (198 mph).
There is a version of the AMG GT that is more powerful than the AMG GT R. However, this is a version meant for the track, not for the road. The V8-powered AMG GT3, which is derived from AMG GT, boasts of up to 631 PS (464 kW; 622 bhp) of output and up to 635 Nm (468 lb.-ft.) of torque, although the GT3 is slower at the sprint with 3.8 seconds. It is faster though, with a top speed of 332 km/h (206 mph). A race version of the AMG GT R was recently revealed – the AMG GT4 -- although it is much tamer than the road version with lower levels of power.
Speculations have been circulating that Mercedes is planning and testing a road-going version of the AMG GT4. But seeing that the AMG GT4 is derived from the AMG GT R, this new version could be another derivative of the AMG GT R. It could be the just-confirmed AMG GT R Black Series, although we believed that it isn't likely so, assuming from the timing of the release of the previous Black Series, the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series. Mercedes launched the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series near the end of the life cycle of the supercar. The AMG GT is just two years old, which means it is still too early for Mercedes to introduce a Black Series version.
But when Mercedes finally introduces a Black Series, it will be more powerful and lighter than the GT R, according to Moers. He noted that aside from being powerful, the Black Series version would offer better handling and performance.