The highly anticipated 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series was revealed this summer, bringing hardcore performance in a sleek and sexy package. While the Black Series had its start in 2006, the collaboration between Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher started decades earlier. Aufrecht and Melcher worked for Mercedes-Benz and part of the 300 SE racing engine development program in the early 1960s. Mercedes pulled out of motorsport then, but the pair still got together to refine and hone the engine in Grossaspach.
The engine was used by the German Touring Car Championship through 1965 and won 10 victories. It was in 2006 that AMG Performance Studio debuted a track-ready version of the SLK, giving way to the Black Series. The series had many developments throughout the years with the latest Black Series arriving in 2012, so it’s been a while. It’s worth the wait—the new 2021 version is quite the show stopper!
A focus on speed, power, and aerodynamics
The coupe boasts a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, more downforce, and a track-focused suspension. At an estimated base price of $400k, the car nears exotic-car levels in pricing as well as performance. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 320valve V-8 engine with aluminum block and heads and direct fuel injection. The engine’s power is cranked up to 720 hp at 6900 rpm and 590 lb-ft torque at 2000 rpm. That’s an increase of 143 hp compared to the AMG GT R. The transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The AMG GT can go 0-60 in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.
The design of the AMG GT was focused heavily on aerodynamics. There’s extensive use of carbon-fiber composite, which can be found in the fenders, hood, and tailgate for starters. The car’s front end is also covered in vents, scoops, and intakes. The radiator grille is expanded, being larger and toothier. Underneath, there’s an extended front diffuser. Downforce is more than 880 pounds at 155 mph. Buy Here