Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Debuts With 720 HP And Top Speed Of 202 MPH
BY MICHAEL GAUTHIER |
POSTED ON JULY 14, 2020
After a revealing teaser campaign, Mercedes has released details about the GT Black Series.
Described as a super sports car that “perfectly embodies the brand’s rich tradition in motorsport,” the model features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine that develops an impressive 720 hp (537 kW / 730 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque.
Besides the flat-plane crank, the engine has been outfitted with new camshafts, different exhaust manifolds and a dry sump lubrication system. The engine also has a new firing order, larger turbocharger compressor wheels and a heck of a sound.
The engine is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which has been reinforced to cope with the additional torque. This setup enables the rear-wheel drive model to rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and run from 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in less than 9 seconds. If drivers keep their foot planted, the car will eventually hit a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h).On the styling front, the Black Series draws inspiration from the GT3 and GT4 race cars. As a result, the model adopts an aggressive front fascia with a larger grille, an adjustable splitter and carbon fiber canards.
Designers also installed a new carbon fiber hood which features a ram air intake and large vents. A closer inspection also reveals a carbon fiber double bubble roof, carbon fiber side skirts and a carbon fiber tailgate. The latter boasts a small spoiler and a two-piece carbon fiber rear wing which can be adjusted manually or automatically.
Other notable features include a carbon fiber rear bumper and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system which is separated by a wide diffuser. The model also has thinner front and rear glass as well as 10-spoke forged wheels with a matte black finish. The latter measure 19-inches front and 20-inches rear, and are wrapped in bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires.
Thanks to all these modifications, the Black Series generates “well over” 882 lbs (400 kg) of downforce at 155 mph (250 km/h). We can also expect some weight savings, but the company didn’t mention numbers.