Mercedes-AMG Just Unveiled The Wicked New 2021 720 Horsepower GT Black Series
Mercedes-AMG says the new 2021 GT Black Series has the most powerful AMG V8 series engine of all time, the most expressive design, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, and the most distinctive driving dynamics.
Which is really saying something considering some of the Mercedes-AMG supercars we’ve taken a long look at in the past, including the Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster and the Mercedes-AMG C 63. (We’re still waiting on the 1,000+ hp Mercedes-AMG Project ONE Hypercar to become more than just a ridiculously cool show car.)
Check some of the specs out on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series which boasts a new flat-plane crank V8 engine…
The new GT Black Series engine may be based on the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, but it has been given the new internal code M178 LS2 due to the numerous modifications. It achieves 537 kW (730 hp) at 6700-6900 rpm and delivers a maximum torque of 800 Nm at 2000-6000 rpm. New camshafts and exhaust manifolds are adapted to the new firing order and further improve the gas cycle.
Both twin scroll exhaust turbochargers are mounted in anti-friction bearings, as in the top-of-the-range four-door AMG GT Coupé, which optimises their throttle response even further. However, in the Black Series, the turbochargers have been given a larger compressor wheel, meaning that both can deliver a total of 1100 kg air per hour. By way of comparison: The figure is 900 kg/h for the AMG GT R. 7000 rpm is not critical as a continuous speed, the speed is limited at 7200 rpm. And the larger intercoolers guarantee that they always keep the charge-air temperature within the best possible range. The unique standing of the new engine is also reflected in the engine badge, which is kept in black.
All that means is the 2021 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will go from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, 0-124 mph in under nine seconds, and reach a top speed of 201.95 mph.
Other highlights include…
• seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual clutch transmission
• carbon fiber “torque tube” which creates the connection between the engine and the transmission
• new, significantly larger radiator air inlet, which comes directly from the AMG GT3 racing car
• carbon fiber front splitter with two manually adjustable settings (Street and Race)
• carbon fiber bonnet with two large exhaust air outlets made from black finished carbon surfaces
• cooling air ducts integrated into the side sill panels for brake cooling at the rear axle
• lightweight carbon fiber roof
• carbon fiber shear panels in the front section, underbody and rear
• new rear apron with a large diffuser
• two rounded twin tailpipe trims on the outside left and right
• side wheel arch ventilation
• ceramic high-performance compound brake system
• coil-over double wishbone suspension
• AMG traction control
• aerofoil blades made from carbon fiber that can be mechanically adjusted
• active aerodynamic upper blade that can be electronically adjusted
• four different activation strategies (Basic, Advanced, Pro or Master)
• AMG Performance steering wheel
• fully digital instrument displays with a 10.25-inch multimedia monitor
• titanium-tube cage roll-over protection system with 4-point seatbelts for driver and front passenger
• almost fully panelled underbody resulting in a downforce level of over 881 pounds at 155 mph
Phew… SOLD. Even if the price has yet to be announced (which will more than likely be somwhere between $200,000 and $450,000 depending how many more goodies you want added).