The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has finally been revealed, and a small number of Australian buyers will have the chance to claim one.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 537kW/800Nm and utilises a lighter flat-plane crank, propelling the GT Black Series from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds – shaving 0.4 seconds off the AMG GT R's time thanks to an extra 107kW/100Nm.
Creating a distinctive noise due to a changed firing order, flat-plane crank V8 engines are most often associated with Ferrari models but have been utilised by the likes of Lotus, Porsche, and Ford in the (US market) Mustang Shelby GT350.
The engine is mated to a strengthened seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox located at the rear axle, helping with weight distribution, and connected via a carbon-fibre torque tube weighing 40 per cent less than the aluminium version found on other AMG GT models.
Carbon-fibre has been used extensively throughout the car to reduce weight, including the roof, panels, and in parts of the suspension. One of the most striking features on the GT Black Series is its large, adjustable carbon-fibre rear wing.
An AMG Track Package adds a bolt-in titanium roll-cage with four-point harnesses, a two-kilogram fire extinguisher, and can only be optioned with carbon-fibre bucket seats.
A prominent yellow knob allows the driver to adjust traction control settings to suit their needs.
The Black Series nameplate has been applied to the most special, limited-edition AMG models since it first appeared on the SLK55 in 2006.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is confirmed for an Australian launch sometime in 2021, with only a limited number of examples to make their way here. Exact timing and numbers will be confirmed closer to launch.