Chassis No: W1KYJ8BA0MA041724
Odometer: 224 Miles
Engine: 4.0 Litre M178 LS2 Handcrafted V8 AMG Biturbo 32-valve DOHC
Transmission: 7-Speed AMG Speedshift DCT
Performance: 720 bhp @ 6,700 rpm / 590 lb-ft > 0-60 mph 3.1 sec / 202 mph
Exterior: Designo Graphite Gray Magno
Interior: Black Exclusive Nappa Leather/Dinamica with Orange Stitching
“The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has claimed the Nurburgring production car lap record. Affalterbach’s most extreme coupe recently set a time of 6:43.616 minutes, beating the previous record holder – the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – by more than a second. GT3 racer and Nurburgring 24 Hour winner Marco Engel piloted the Black Series for its record breaking run. Afterwards, he commented: “That was a really impressive ride. With speeds of up to almost 270 km/h in the Kesselchen section of the track or well over 300 km/h on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car.” Mercedes says the record-setting AMG GT Black Series was only fitted with components that are available from the factory”.
Available exclusively in coupe guise, the latest in an illustrious line of track-based models is, in essence, a road-going extension of AMG’s long and successful involvement in production car-based motorsport. The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series primarily exists so that a small group of money-no-object customers can drive themselves to a track, spend the day lapping it with various set-up changes that make them appear like true racing professionals, and then drive home again at the end of it.
It’s also a rather rapid showcase for all the various race-bred developments AMG has gathered for the GT since its introduction to the Mercedes-Benz line-up in 2014. It’s a car that is clearly intended to be driven – and driven hard both on the road and at the track, not to be bought as a capital investment and stowed in a low-humidity environment somewhere, never to be seen again.
If this all sounds a little bit familiar, it’s because AMG already has a track-based GT model in the GT R, which comes with an optional Pro package to amplify its performance. The GT Black Series, however, ups the stakes further with a host of new developments, not least of all a unique version of AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, the M178 LS2 as it is codenamed.
With 537 kW developed between 6,700 and 6,900 rpm and 800 Nm of torque across a band of revs between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm, it delivers a rather significant 107 kW and 100 Nm more than the engine used by the GT R. In doing so, it also eclipses the 464 kW and 635 Nm of the naturally aspirated 6.2 litre V8 engine used by its direct predecessor, the SLS Black Series, to make it AMG’s most potent yet.
The most significant change is the adoption of a 180 degree flat-plane crankshaft in place of the 90-degree cross-plane crankshaft used by the engines of other GT models. With it come new camshafts and twin-scroll turbochargers that use anti-friction bearings like those employed by the GT63 S 4-door, as well as a larger compressor wheel for greater throughput of air.
There is also a larger intercooler and a revised stainless steel exhaust system featuring new manifolds among other changes. AMG has also altered the cylinder firing order of its new V8, which is mounted well back in the GT Black Series’s engine bay in a bid to improve throttle response.
The new engine deploys its firepower to the rear wheels via an updated version of the GT R’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It receives altered ratios among other revisions AMG says are aimed at ensuring it can cope with the added torque loading. The first Black Series model to appear since the SLS Black Series in 2013 also uses the electronically controlled limited-slip differential from the GT R.
AMG has done a lot to the exterior of the GT Black Series to ensure it can provide adequate cooling and cope with the added performance potential brought by its new drivetrain. Apart from the obvious bodywork changes, many of which have been adopted from the GT R and even more aggressive looking GT GT3 endurance race car, is a newly developed aerodynamic package that is very much unique to the new car.
Developed in Mercedes-Benz’s new $375 million wind tunnel, it consists of a patented splitter element, which provides two settings: Street and Race. As well as increasing downforce to the front end, it adds negative pressure that helps to speed the air flow along the flat underbody to create a Venturi effect. There’s also a new carbon-fibre bonnet with two large openings to extract warm air, while reducing pressure built up within the engine bay at speed.
The most visible change, however, is a new twin-plane rear wing. Operating in combination with a newly designed rear diffuser, it can be manually adjusted in three steps per plane to provide what AMG describes as up to 96 per cent more surface area, and up to 2.7 times more rear downforce than that developed by the smaller wing used by the GT R Pro, with 400 kg at 155 miles per hour. To help enhance braking ability, it can also be set up to act as an air brake.
Mercedes-AMG is heading into a future where electrification is set to play a major role in drivetrain engineering. But it is doing so having achieved something quite remarkable with one of its last pure combustion-engine models. Putting aside homologation specials like the maniacal CLK GTR from 1997, the GT Black Series is, without doubt, the most heavily focused road car AMG has ever placed into production. Breathtakingly quick, superbly balanced and as heart-thumpingly exciting to drive as any car to ever flaunt the apple-tree-on-a-river emblem that is the AMG badge, there’s no denying it will leave a significant mark on the supercar pantheon.
Speedart Motorsports is thrilled to present one of its latest exhibits and one of only 371 examples to be imported into the United States, finished in sinister Graphite Gray Magno from the Designo color palette with Black Exclusive Nappa Leather/Dinamica, adorned with Orange stitching and stripe inserts in the ‘business office’.
The motorcar was ordered with every conceivable option and specified in its kardex with the following paid factory extras:
Chassis 41724 was completed at the Sindelfingen plant in March of 2021 and arrived at the Port of Brunswick in late June, with the pre-delivery inspection performed at the designated dealership in the following month of July and 22 factory test miles recorded on the odometer. The motorcar was delivered and registered to its new proud owner on July 23, 2021.
The GT Black Series is showroom fresh and free of any blemishes with all equipment present, as supplied by the manufacturer.
Speedart Motorsports welcomes all serious inquiries as we would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties in order to witness up-close and personal this teutonic tour de force, destined to be one of the most coveted future classics. The sale of the Mercedes is accompanied by the original window sticker, owners manuals, service books, spare keys, battery conditioner, first aid kit, AMG GT branded dust cover and miscellaneous accessories.
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