Unlike other previous Black Series Benzes, the new AMG GT Black Series has a totally unique engine. This is important, because it goes, feels, and sounds completely different from all other AMG cars on sale right now. But the engine isn’t all: it has wild, GT3-style aerodynamics, super sticky track day tires, and a host of weight reduction features aimed squarely at making this the fastest, most agile Mercedes of all time. Mercedes-AMG provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.
Mercedes AMG GT Black Series is a 720HP, Front-Engined McLaren – Two Takes
Looks aren’t actually all that important when it comes to the AMG GT Black Series. Yes, they clearly make it stand out, but it’s what’s under the surface that actually makes all the difference. Farah points out from the very top that the engine is totally unique compared to other AMG GTs.
It’s related but has a unique flat-plane crank design that requires a bevy of other changes, including the heads and cams. It also gets bigger turbochargers. The result of all the extra engineering is an additional 143-horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque.
It’s so powerful that it does 0-60 in just 2.9-seconds and through the quarter-mile in just 10.3 seconds. Straight-line speed isn’t what it’s all about, though, and as Matt carves canyons, he explains the relation to McLaren.
Much of it comes down to the way this car feels and sounds. The noise is nothing like the old AMG 63-series cars. Instead of a lopey gurgle, it’s sharp, very much like a McLaren. In addition, it makes 720-horsepower, basically the same as the McLaren 720S.
They both feature super quick and responsive steering as well. Gear changes are instant and satisfying. Yes, we knew it would be quick, but it’s not just a fast brute. It’s sort of like smart Hulk, powerful but weaponized in a way that few cars are.
Of course, that’s not too shocking for a car with what most would call an outdated layout that’s actually faster around the Nurburgring than anything else you can buy from the factory.