The company’s flagship, track-focused model has AMG’s most powerful V8 with a flat-plane crank.
- 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series priced from $796,900 plus on-road costs
- Only 28 to allocated to Australia
- 537kW/800Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8
- Titanium roll cage comes as standard
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been announced for the Australian market, and just 28 local buyers will have the chance to claim one.
After years of speculation dating back to 2015, the GT Black Series is now upon us, and boasts the most powerful V8 engine to ever come from Mercedes-AMG.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 537kW/800Nm and utilises a lighter flat-plane crank, propelling the GT Black Series from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds – shaving 0.4 seconds off the AMG GT R’s time thanks to an extra 107kW/100Nm.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has been mounted at the rear axle to aid weight distribution, sending power to the rear wheels. The transmission is connected to the engine via a carbon-fibre torque tube, weighing in at just 13.9kg.
Creating a distinctive noise through their altered firing order, flat-plane crank V8 engines are most often associated with Ferrari models but have been utilised by the likes of Lotus, Porsche, and Ford in the (US market) Mustang Shelby GT350.
The AMG GT Black gets the company’s adjustable coilover suspension – as featured on the AMG GT R – allowing spring preload and vehicle height to be fine-tuned. The suspension integrates with AMG’s Ride Control and Dynamic Select systems, which provides continuously variable, adaptive damping based on the selected driving mode.
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The engine is mated to a strengthened seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox located at the rear axle, helping with weight distribution, and connected via a carbon-fibre torque tube weighing 40 per cent less than the aluminium version found on other AMG GT models.
Carbon-fibre has been used extensively throughout the car to reduce weight, including the roof, panels, and in parts of the suspension. The vehicle features a large, adjustable carbon-fibre rear wing, as well as significant aerodynamic bodywork to help keep the GT stable at speed.
An AMG Track Package comes as standard equipment for Australian vehicles, and adds a bolt-in titanium roll-cage with four-point harnesses, a two-kilogram fire extinguisher, and comes with carbon-fibre, fixed-back bucket seats.
A set of 10-spoke forged alloy wheels fitted with specially-customised Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres hide the large ceramic brake package.
Ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with three AMG-specific displays: Classic, Sporty, or Supersport. In Supersport mode, a tachometer will be prominently arranged with a simulated shift light.
A conspicuous yellow knob also allows the driver to adjust traction control settings to suit their needs, while Dinamica synthetic suede is featured throughout the cabin with orange contrast stitching. Occupants also benefit from an 1000w, 11-speaker Burmester audio system, controlled via a 10.25-inch infotainment screen.
The AMG GT Black comes with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Australian pricing
- AMG GT Black Series – $796,900
Note: all prices exclude on-road costs.
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