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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series to be fastest-accelerating AMG yet
The Black Series should go even further than the recent GT R Pro, a track-focused variant built with suspension and aero tweaks in mind rather than uprated powerRange-topping AMG Coupé will be beaten only by Mercedes' One hypercar when it arrives next year
The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will be the fastest-accelerating AMG car yet, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers.
The future range-topping coupé will be beaten only by the limited-run AMG One hypercar when it arrives in mid-2020, Moers confirmed to Autocar at the New York motor show.
“It’s coming. Just last week I drove it,” Moers said. “It will be the fastest AMG yet, bar the One. Not in terms of top speed, but lap times.
“Driveability is most important but, with balance, it gets good lap times too.”
First confirmed by Moers back in 2016, the Black Series is now under development and mooted 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 GT 4-door Coupé. Any growth on that would ensure the Black Series dwarfs the peak output offered by the current GT champions, the 577bhp GT R and GT R Pro (pictured).
It would also edge it towards one of the category's most radical supercars, the 690bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS. According to Moers, the Black Series will be “great competition with our close neighbour.”
The GT Black Series' extra grunt will be accompanied by a more focused chassis and aerodynamic set-up, which may go even further than the track-focused GT R Pro launched at last year's Los Angeles motor show. That car was designed with uprated suspension and aero upgrades, but received no extra power over the regular GT R.
Such a set-up should ensure the GT Black Series tips the scales at around 1575kg, in line or slightly less than the GT R Pro.
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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