Range-topping variant of AMG coupé will go head to head with Porsche's 911 GT2 RS and draw from the brand's GT4 racing car

Mercedes-AMG will launch its hardest and most extreme GT variant in 2020 under the Black Series moniker.

The future range-topping car, first confirmed back in 2016 by AMG boss Tobias Moers, is now under development and is pipped to receive AMG's turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine in a state of tune offering at least 630bhp.

This is the figure offered by the current most powerful AMG model with that unit, the recently revealed GT 4-door Coupé. Any growth on that would ensure the Black Series dwarfs the peak output offered by the current GT champion, the 577bhp GT R. It would also edge it towards one of the category's most radical supercars, the 690bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

The GT Black Series' extra grunt will be accompanied by a more focused chassis and aerodynamic set-up. A recently spotted development car dressed in GT R clothing at the Nürburgring is believed to be part of the Black Series test programme and offers some clues as to what's to come.

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The test GT wears more extreme bodywork that borrows parts from AMG's GT4 racing car, with a fixed rear wing and exhaust exits now  farther apart in the diffuser than their normal central position. These changes will enhance downforce at the car's rear. No doubt similar pressure adjusting features will be added to the front to ensure the car has a balance fit for track work, while larger brakes and wider wheels are also expected.

Also visible on the test car is a polycarbonate rear window, which will save weight. Its use suggests several other mass-trimming parts will be fitted to the Black Series, while non-essential parts could be ditched. Inside the photographed development car are a pair of sports seats and a roll cage. Although the latter is available as an option on the GT R, it’s likely to be standard on the Black Series.

Such a setup to ensure the GT Black Series tips the scales at around 1600kg, which would make it 30kg lighter than the GT R. Add this diet to the V8's extra potency and the Black Series looks set to become AMG's fastest production model this side of its highly exclusive Project One hypercar.

The 2020 arrival of the GT Black Series will mark a return for AMG's most extreme moniker after a seven year hiatus. The last Black Series model was based on the SLS and entered production in 2013.

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31 August 2017

This would be too fast to enjoy extending it on public roads.  It may offer some pleasures at 5 tenths, but really you have to be someone who is content to drive it to a track day, toast the tires and limp home.  I would rather have a towing rig and a proper racing car, which may not have as much grunt, but could offer more excitement through being so different from a road car.  You could start with a Lotus 11, which would be cheaper, hold value better, and get you into prestigious events if you were so inclined.  But of course the AMG would pull better at Stringfellow’s.

31 August 2017
Completely agree with 275. If you want to go to a track, but a proper track car.

Road cars do not make good track cars, and vice versa. They are far too far apart to share useful common ground, and end up being useless at both.

The sooner the motoring press in particular stops obsessing about irrelevant ring times, the quicker cars can start being fun to drive on the road again.

12 March 2018

How about 200 lbs for a starter? Could that be achievable MB AMG?

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