Mercedes-AMG is dedicated to making ever more powerful and capable performance machines. Those include high-powered versions of Benz’s crossovers and SUVs. But the top rung on the AMG ladder is reserved strictly for two-door models.
This according to AMG boss Tobias Moers, who spoke to AutoGuide on the future of the Black Series at the New York Auto Show last week. Asked if Affalterbach would ever do a Black Series sport-ute, Moers reportedly laughed: “No, no, no, no…never. Black Series is for the racetrack.” And that means two doors only.
For those unacquainted, the AMG Black Series has constituted the most extreme performance Mercedes to date. The stripped-out, amped-up treatment has been applied, one model at a time, to the SLK, CLK, SL, C-Class, and SLS. They’ve all been two-door coupes, with the folding hardtops on the SLK and SL replaced with fixed tops.
The SLS AMG Black Series was the last to be introduced, back in 2013. But that entire model line was discontinued in 2015, and we’ve been waiting for a new one ever since. That’s anticipated to soon take the form of a more focused AMG GT coupe, which could be just around the corner.
Moers says there’d be no reason to make a new C63 AMG Black Series coupe, as it would overlap – in terms of performance and price – with the GT. And we could say the same for the E-Class and S-Class coupes as well – or the SLC and SL, for that matter. If and when the GT is phased out, it could be open season again for the Black Series. But whatever the future may hold, it seems, it won’t be an SUV.