Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series boasts the most powerful AMG V8 ever made



The super coupe from Mercedes-AMG will be available in Singapore on an indent-only basis


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Just a week after it was teased in an online video by Mercedes-AMG, the covers are officially off most monstrous version of its sports coupe, the GT.

Not only does it pack the most powerful V8 AMG has ever made, in a production car, but it’ll will also sound more like a Ferrari than an AMG.

Mercedes-Benz and AMG Black Series cars are usually reserved as a limited edition swansong of a car towards the end of its production life cycle, and in the case of the AMG GT we have what’s essentially a GT3 racing car repackaged for road legal use. 

The limited edition Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series comes packed with the most powerful series production engine made by Mercedes-AMG to date, to the tune of 730hp.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol  M178 LS2 engine in the GT Black Series is a heavily reworked version of the V8 previously found in the AMG GT R and GT R Pro.

Through the use of bigger turbochargers, intercoolers, and a unique flat-plane crankshaft, AMG engineers have increased the power output by more than 150hp over the previous iteration of the same engine, which was found in the AMG GT R released in 2017.





The flat-plane crank is a crucial and unique feature: The layout is more often found in high-revving racy engines like the one in the Ferrari F8 Tributo, so it’ll sound more like a screamer than a rumbler like the usual AMG cars.

An AMG Speedshift twin-clutch transmission with seven forward gears is specially modified to successfully transmit the 700NM of peak torque from the V8 to the rear-wheels, and the car claims a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 3.2 seconds and 0 to 200km/h time of under nine seconds. The car’s top speed is 325km/h.

The ‘race car for the road’ cliche may have been overused by the more mainstream brands but in this case it’s very apt for the AMG GT Black Series. While the car is very much inspired by the AMG GT3 race car, it’s packed with driver adjustable aids so that you don’t have to drive in a hard, choppy riding vehicle everyday.



Adaptive suspension damping and electronic traction control are practically standard fit on cars of this calibre, and there’s a big rotary dial on the centre of the dashboard marked ‘TC’ for you to adjust just how much of the system you want cutting in.

 A front carbon fibre splitter, which has a manually adjustable ‘track’ and ‘street’ setting so that you don’t bash it up over a speed bump, is complemented by a huge electronically controlled rear wing at the rear end.

Peek underneath the car and you’ll find aerodynamic aids along the length of the undercarriage. An almost fully panelled underbody with tuned longitudinal fins ensure optimal air flow to the rear diffuser, significantly increasing downforce. AMG claims that the car generates 400kg of downforce at 250 km/h.

The car’s interior is as you’d expect: it’s a more finely honed version of the AMG GT’s cockpit, with a chunky multi-function AMG steering wheel and carbon fibre sports seats looking all business. While the three-point seatbelts are standard fit, owners can also install a four-point harness into the car with no modifications. 

Given the unique qualities of the AMG GT coupe as a two-seat, rear-wheel drive, front-mid engined car, it has very little direct competition from other automakers currently.

Official prices have not yet been released, though we’d hazard a guess that it will be in the (at least) $800k to $900k region, competing in similar territory as a Porsche 911 Turbo S and BMW M8. Neither of them can match the AMG GT Black Series for power output however, and traditionally the Black Series cars have sold out very quickly.

Mercedes-Benz Singapore has also told us that the car will be available on an indent basis for interested parties here.


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