Mercedes-Benz reserves the ‘Black Series’ moniker for its most extreme models. It has been years since we’ve seen a new Black Series derivative of any model, but it seems that may soon change with the imminent arrival of the Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series.
Spotted in the wild
There are several derivatives in the AMG GT family. These are the GT, GT S, GT S roadster, GT C, GT R and GT R Pro. The last-mentioned is the most extreme, track-focused of the family… but not for long. In the last few months, there have been several hard-core AMG GT models spotted testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife and out in public.
What makes us believe that this could be the most hard-core variant ie a Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series are the deep vents seen in the bonnet of some test mules, and versions with a massive rear wing in place. This is similar to treatment seen on other Black Series models, such as the C-Class Coupe. Incidentally, Mercedes-Benz only applies the Black Series badge on two-door body styles.
Twin-turbo V8 power
Mercedes’ twin-turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 is the most obvious engine choice. In its lowest state of tune, it develops 350 kW. In the GT R, it produces 430 kW. The most extreme state of tune is found in the four-door GT63 S, which dishes up 470 kW with a whopping 900 N.m of torque.
You can read our review of the GT63 S at this link and you can see our video review at the bottom of this post.
Considering that the Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series will be rear-wheel-drive, we don’t expect it will have as much power as the all-wheel-drive GT63. Expect a ‘slightly’ tamer 450 kW and 750 N.m of torque to be fed via the dual-clutch transmission to the rear axle. We would not be surprised to see the newcomer debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show taking place in just a few weeks.