AMG boss Tobias Moers told Australian media at the 2017 frankfurt motor show that there is a Black Series version of the already heavy-hitting Mercedes-AMG GT model on the horizon.
With Black Series becoming an even more performance-oriented and collectible version of any Mercedes-Benz platform it is added to over the past decade or so, the GT provides a logical basis for that trend to continue.
Hot on the heels of driving the R version of the GT on-track in Bilster Berg, then, the most logical question to ask is when we’ll see an even more hardcore GT.
“The GT R is still very competitive, let me say that first,” Moers said. “A Black Series will happen with the GT family, it’s gonna happen, but there’s still a little bit of time before that happens.”
While the R is undoubtedly a serious track weapon, even DTM legend Bernd Schneider agreed the platform could easily accept more power and performance.
“The GT R is doing quite well, so there’s still a little bit of time before that happens,” Moers reiterated. “You know, the GT R is, chassis-wise, capable for more horsepower. I feel that we know that.”
Can the current gearbox accept another bump in power and torque, though?
“The DCT in the GT R can’t handle that much more power anymore, but we will find some way,” Moers said. “I think the GT R is a good example in itself because it has less weight than a GT S, but we can do even more. For Black it will be mandatory to reduce a little bit of weight. It’s not all about horsepower, either. You know my statements on that. It’s about handling and performance on-track.”
Moers agreed that the Black Series will continue its trend of arriving later in the model’s lifecycle rather than early on, meaning we might have to hold our breath a little longer. You get the sense though that the Black Series variant was planned from the very beginning, with Moers explaining that lessons were learned from the experience in the marketplace with the SLS AMG Black Series.
“Coming out of our experience with the SLS, because the SLS was priced very high from the initial starting point and we didn’t have that much room to increase our portfolio,” he said.
“When we set up the GT program, it was very clear from the very beginning that we were going to spread that portfolio. The pricing means we have room for adding to the portfolio, adding other variants.”
“Yeah the guys at Zuffenhausen have done very well,” he said. “In my experience, it’s all about being busy in that segment, having a new variant, you can talk about it, people can maybe step up from a GT S to a GT C and that works for conquest too.
“It is mandatory to have a competitive portfolio, and it works quite well.”
As for an AMG version of the X-Class dual-cab – which hasn’t even gone on sale yet – rumours have been rife since it was first announced that Mercedes-AMG would enter the dual-cab space. There was however, an emphatic answer from Moers on whether AMG would fettle a performance variant of the X Class.
“No,” he said. “No, there is no chance so far. We are fully locked in for our projects.”