One week after pictures of it were first leaked, and days after it was teased in an official YouTube video, Mercedes-AMG has finally revealed the 2021 GT Black Series. And while the expectation of the final iteration of the sports car was already sky high, it is unlikely that anyone expected the vehicle to be so enticing.
This is because GT’s tail song with limited edition is one of the most powerful road vehicles that has ever carried the Mercedes star. While last week made it clear that the high-performance variant was strongly inspired by AMG’s GT3 race cars, it is now clear that the GT Black series would be more than at home on the track.
For proof, take a look under the hood. The GT Black series is powered by the M178 LS2 engine, a heavily modified version of the dual-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 used in the previous high-performance GT variants, the GT R and GT R Pro. Thanks to larger turbos and a new flat-crankshaft design, the engine is AMG’s strongest V8 of all time, according to a press release. And it’s not the hyperball either, as the engine can lose 720 horsepower and 590 kg of foot torque. All this power is sent to the car’s rear wheel via a reworked seven-speed dual clutch. The result is a speedster that can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in nine seconds and hit a top speed of 202 mph.
These performance times do not only depend on the GT Black series’ behemoth engine. It turns out that the car’s lower and larger grille, air scoop, prominent valves and giant rear wing are not just for looks. While all of these movements give the vehicle a definite style, they – along with a new diffuser, fins and extra-wide fenders – help the car more efficiently handle air and increase downtime. Increasing the vehicle’s performance is also the use of light carbon fiber throughout the body, chassis and in mechanical elements such as the drive shaft and gearbox.
The GT Black series’ impressive technical specifications and performance numbers may now be clear, but a price for the limited edition vehicle has not yet been revealed. It seems like a safe bet that it will cost north of GT R Pro’s starting price of $ 200,645. Deliveries are expected to start in early 2021.