Mercedes-AMG GT Black Will Be a 700-HP-Plus Track Monster
Some AMGs have a dark side—literally. They're called Black Series, and they're typically hardcore, track-prepped zeniths of a given AMG model line, although "typical" perhaps isn't the correct word to use. Black Series are atypical, in that they are quite rare; in recent years, only the SLS AMG, SL65, and C63 coupe (and less recently, the CLK-based AMG before that) have been given the Black Series treatment in the U.S. So, it's been a while since we've seen a new Black Series, but the wait for a new one is now over: Meet the AMG GT Black, king of the AMG GT range.
Mercedes-AMG has dropped an official teaser for the GT Black that reveals the entire car. In the video, we get a good look the AMG-issue "Panamerica"-style vertical-slat grill—which has swelled to massive proportion for this application and is no doubt inspired by the AMG GT3 race car's mug. There also is a truly enormous rear wing. Look out, Lamborghini SCV12, the supercars-with-shelving-units-on-their-decks race is heating up.
The Black Series wears extra venting, ducting, and other aero trickery that, while surely clever and functional, looks a bit, well, aftermarket. Maybe it's that funky silver on top of gloss black paint job. No matter, Black Series are supposed to represent the wildest thinking to come out of Affalterbach, so why not have a look to match?
Rumor has it the 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 in the AMG GT Black Series will make more than 700 horsepower, which would make it the most powerful production AMG to ever hit the streets. We're only speculating here, but we think AMG will have pulled out every engineering trick in the book—like lighter, stronger engine internals, more turbocharger boost, and a freer-flowing exhaust—to reach that incredible power output.
Hey, if McLaren and Ferrari can make similarly sized turbocharged V-8s that make more than 700 horsepower, Mercedes-AMG certainly can, too. We'd expect nothing less of the newest AMG Black Series, which should be the most extreme of the relatively small family of Black Series it soon will join.