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Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Sports Car

NEX score 95%

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Product Overview

The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is powered by an upgraded M178 4.0-litre biturbo V8 (named M178 LS2) that produces 730 hp while embracing AMG's most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, the most distinctive driving dynamics.

Powertrain

The M178 LS2 power plant in the AMG GT Black Series features a flat-plane crank design and even firing odds. Both twin scroll exhaust turbochargers are given a larger compressor wheel, meaning that both can deliver a total of 1100 kg air per hour. The larger intercoolers guarantee that they always keep the charge-air temperature within the best possible range.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual clutch transmission mounted in a rear transaxle arrangement has been modified for use in the AMG GT Black Series and adapted to the increased torque of 800 Nm. The previous limits governing shift performance and response time have been extended, making them more suitable for racetracks.
The 'torque tube' creates the connection between the engine and the transmission. It is made of carbon fibre and, at just 13.9 kilograms, is around 40 percent lighter than its already weight-optimised aluminium counterpart in the AMG GT.

Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics in the GT Black Series starts already with the new, significantly larger radiator air inlet, which stems directly from the AMG GT3 racing car. The carbon-fibre front splitter has two manually adjustable settings, Street and Race, and can therefore be adapted to meet various track requirements. When extended forward (Race position), a front diffuser in the shape of a reversed wing profile is then created under the front section.
Another direct derivative from motorsport is the new carbon-fibre bonnet, with two large exhaust air outlets made from black finished carbon surfaces. At the rear are a new rear apron with a large diffuser, two rounded twin tailpipe trims on the outside left and right, side wheel arch ventilation, and the innovative rear aerofoil concept.
The detailed aerodynamic work also includes the now almost fully panelled underbody. The flat underbody is equipped with specially designed longitudinal fins. These air channellers have been meticulously optimised to ensure optimal air flow to the rear diffuser.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Extremely powerful V8
  • Impressive handling
  • Extremely fun to drive
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 95% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb ride quality
  • Superb grip
  • Impressive handling
  • Sleek, lightweight chassis
  • Powerful V8
Cons
  • Lacklustre front-end performance
  • Pricier than rivals
  • No flat-plane crank
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Specifications

Chassis

Suspension | Front
Double wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Double wishbone

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.2 sec
Fuel Economy
12.8 L/100km

Powertrain

Engine | Displacement
4.0 L
Engine | Power
730 hp @ 6700-6900 rpm
Engine | Torque
800 Nm @ 2000-6000 rpm
Engine | Type
V8 biturbo M178 LS2 with Dry sump Lubrication
Transmission | Gears
7-speed
Transmission | Type
AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G

Production

Debut
2020-07-15
Made In
Germany

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score 95%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Mercedes-AMG set out to produce the most extreme GT, and it's hard to argue with the result. It takes the title of both the most powerful V8 production AMG – with a not insignificant 720bhp – and the most expensive Black Series model, at £335,000. The AMG GT is the sixth Mercedes to receive the Black Series treatment.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful V8
  • Superb grip
  • Impressive handling
Cons
  • No flat-plane crank

carmagazine[2]

Sentiment Score 95%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The Black Series feels like a remastered evolution of the GT R. It is incredibly fast, showing an indicated 169mph at the end of the start-finish straight and 203mph on the fact sheet. Despite all that weight, mass and inertia, the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 812 rival is amazingly stable through the esses and that flat-out double-apex right-hander before you exit the in-field.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight chassis
  • Impressive handling
  • Superb ride quality
Cons
  • Lacklustre front-end performance
  • Pricier than rivals

User Reviews

References

1. ^ New Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/road-tests/353327/new-mercedes-amg-gt-black-series-2020-review. 2020-10-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (2020) review: ferociously fast. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/mercedes-benz/amg-gt-black-series/. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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