It’s going to have quite a leg up on it’s closest younger brother

It hasn’t even been a week since the most recent round of spy shots for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series started circulating the net. So far, we’ve learned precious little about the car that will be the last entry to the first-gen AMG GT and serve as the flagship model outside of the bonkers Project One Hypercar. All that has changed, though, thanks to a new report from Double Apex, a South African magazine that claims the AMG GT Black Series will have more than 700 horsepower.

How Powerful is the AMG GT Black Series?

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The latest report from Double Apex says that the AMG GT Black Series will pump out 530 kW and 800 Newton-meters of torque. Those figures translate to 711 horsepower and 590 pound-feet. To put that into perspective that AMG GT R, which we already thoughts was pretty crazy, delivers just 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, so we’re talking about an increase of 134 horsepower and about 74 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes-AMG GT lineup
Mercedes-AMG GT Mercedes-AMG GT S Mercedes-AMG GT C Mercedes-AMG GT R Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc 3982 cc 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 469 hp at 6000 rpm 515 hp at 6250 rpm 549 hp at 5750-6750 rpm 577 hp at 6250 rpm 711 HP
Peak torque 464 lb-ft at 1900-5000 rpm 494 lb-ft at 1900-5000 rpm 501 lb-ft at 2100-5500 rpm 516 lb-ft at 2100-5500 rpm 590 LB-FT

Does the AMG GT Black Series Have a Special Engine Configuration?

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Believe it or not, it’s highly unlikely that the Black Series comes with any form of electrification. Mercedes has simply managed to massage the 4.0-liter V-8 to pump out that extra 134 ponies and 74 pound-feet. Chances are this comes primarily from tweaked turbo boost, fuel delivery, and timing, but there could be some other surprises in the mix that we aren’t quite aware of yet. On that note, the engine is said to be paired exclusively to a dual-clutch automatic that sends power only to the rear wheels. Given the traditional 10-percent driveline loss, the Black Series could be putting out somewhere in the neighborhood of 640 horsepower at the wheels.

How Fast is the AMG GT Black Series?

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Reports have indicated that the AMG GT Black Series will hit 60 mph in less than three seconds, and it will surpass the 200 mph barrier. The AMG GT R that sits below it makes the same sprint in 3.5 seconds and tops out at 198 mph. So, the Black Series will be at least half a second quicker to 60 mph and at least a few mph faster in the long run.

This kind of increased performance comes courtesy of increased power output, sure, but we’re also expecting some significant weight loss as well. The SLS AMG GT Black Series – the car that is essentially a spiritual predecessor for the GT Black Series – lost 154 pounds when slapped with the Black Series badge, so we’re expecting a similar weight drop with the AMG GT Black Series as well.

One Last Thing About the AMG GT Black Series

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It has been said that the “R” will be dropped from the name (hence the reasons we’ve been leaving that out) and that it will carry a hefty price tag compared to the GT R. It will also be a limited-production model, so AMG will likely only build a handful before production runs out – part of the reason why the company has waited until the end of the current-gen GT’s life cycle. However, if you do have the cheddar and are willing to put down at least $50,000 on a model you haven’t seen yet, an early build slot has appeared for sale on Supercars for Sale – and that’s just for the build slot, you’ll still have to pay the asking price of the vehicle, whatever that might be. The GT R Pro commands $200,645, and we’re willing to bet that the Black Series will cross the $300,000 barrier.

Source: Double Apex

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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