Did you think the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series would only be $50,000 or so more than a GT R? Perhaps $100,000? Try over $428,000 more.
The last hurrah for the current generation of Mercedes-AMG GT is arriving in Australia priced at $796,900 before on-road costs, making it 116 per cent more expensive than a GT R.
Just 28 examples were offered to Australia and they’ve all been accounted for, with deliveries to begin in the second quarter of next year.
While it has a hefty price, the boffins at Affalterbach have made plenty of changes to the GT to make the Black Series.
The track-ready GT Black Series uses an upgraded version of the GT’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, now codenamed M178 LS2. It’s the first AMG V8 to use a flat-plane crankshaft and features new camshafts and exhaust manifolds and larger intercoolers.
Outputs are up considerably, with the Black Series producing 537kW of power at 6700-6900 rpm and 800Nm of torque at 2000-6000rpm. It does the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.2 seconds.
In comparison, the GT R produces 430kW of power and 700Nm of torque and takes 3.6 seconds to reach 100km/h.
The twin-turbo V8 is mated to a beefed-up seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Other changes include an almost fully-panelled underbody to aid aerodynamics, plus a new carbon fibre bonnet and exhaust outlets. Weight savings have also been found through the use of thinner glass.
The carbon fibre front splitter is adjustable, as is an electric flap in the upper blade of the new, two-piece carbon-fibre rear wing.
All local GT Black Series models have the Track Package as standard, with a lightweight, bolted titanium-tube cage and four-point seatbelts.
The GT Black Series is the sixth AMG to wear the Black Series nameplate and the first one since 2013.
- 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series: $796,900
Price excludes on-road costs.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 537kW of power and 800Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has a combined fuel economy of 13.2L/100km.
It has a 75L fuel tank and requires 98RON premium unleaded fuel.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series measures 4604mm long, 2023mm wide and 1280mm tall, with a 2635mm wheelbase.
The Mercedes-AMG GT hasn’t been tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.
It comes standard with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and front, side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag.
The GT Black Series features:
- 19/20-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels
- Carbon fibre bucket seats
- Adaptive suspension
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery
- Dinamica microfibre-wrapped steering wheel
- Burmester 1000-watt, 11-speaker premium sound system
- Roll cage
- Four-point seatbelts
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- LED headlights with adaptive high-beam
- Front and reversing cameras
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is covered by Mercedes’ five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet locked in service pricing for the GT Black Series, but says the wider GT range can serve as a guide.
GT models are offered with a choice of three-, four- and five-year service plans, priced at $3750, $4300 and $5400, respectively. Service intervals are 12 months or 20,000km, whichever comes first.