Black Series Label Returning For Most Powerful Mercedes AMG GT R Yet

It seems like Mercedes has been testing the ultimate variant of the AMG GT sports car for ages now, but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel as a test car was spotted with its final production bodywork, and it is wild.

And by wild, we mean proper, GT3-spec race car wild. The Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series looks like it’s getting the same, enlarged front grille we saw in the GT3 race car a few months ago, accompanied by a set of winglets on each bumper side, a very deeply sculpted bonnet, air outlets on the front fenders and a massive double rear wing.

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The redesigned bodywork will be combined with a much more powerful iteration of AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8; in fact, we’ve learned that it will be essentially a new version of the engine offering close to 700 HP, up from the 577 HP the current V8 makes in the GT R and GT R Pro models.

This will position the new Mercedes AMG GT R Black Series among some pretty stiff competition, including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which is seen as the main rival for AMG’s finest specimen.

Of course the chassis of the new Black Series will be further sharpened and buttoned down in order to collaborate with the new aero kit, featuring a new suspension, more powerful brakes and stickier tires. Weight is expected to remain more or less the same with the GT R Pro, which tips the scales at 1575 kg (3472 lbs).

Last time Mercedes AMG gave us a Black Series model was in 2013 with the SLS Black Series. Affalterbach reserves the moniker for its finest cars only and the same should apply for the AMG GT R Black Series, which is expected to become the brand’s quickest accelerating model, this side of the AMG One hypercar.

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  • Ermal Morina

    God damn this thing looks brutal

  • Matteo Tommasi

    When the Viper ACR looks tame.

    • TheAmerican2point0

      This is a mini ACR

    • Ben

      Mercedes has surpassed my expectations with the AMG GT series, but still don’t find it as impressive as Porsche’s GT3RS or Dodge’s Viper ACR. Porsche has always been able to do more with less using precision engineering. Meanwhile, the Viper ACR has seemingly been able complete surgery with a sledgehammer.

      Consider all the current vehicles that can lap under 7mins. The gearboxes, the turbos, rear wheel steering and active aero. Yet the Viper can do the same(IMO) with a large NA V10, six speed manual, and fixed aero. They didn’t go the typical American route by adding more horsepower, they kept power the same. They tweaked aero and suspension and created a world beater.

  • SnakePlant

    SLR Black Series was always good looking. F the GT-R..

    • Ermal Morina

      there was no SLR Black series mate

      • SnakePlant

        SLS

  • An Existing Person

    Every Black Series model has always been so menacing and special, so I have high hopes for this.

  • MRCLKBLACK

    My fears have become reality…..back at this years 24H Nürburgring when I saw the updated GT3…I was hoping so that the Back Series wouldn’t end up getting its grille….RIP. The front is ruined.

  • msterbeau

    Gnarly. But it’s still a bar of soap. A gnarly bar of soap.

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