The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Cost More Than A Ferrari F8 or McLaren 720S
The mighty Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is finally available, but it’s painfully expensiveby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 05:56
Mercedes-Benz just announced pricing for the range-topping AMG GT model, the Black Series, and it’s anything but affordable. At $325,000 before options, it’s the most expensive Mercedes-Benz out there, but that’s hardly surprising. Equipped with a highly efficient aerodynamic package and a beefed-up V-8 engine that packs 720 horsepower, the AMG GT Black Series is the most extreme Merc you can buy. And it’s also the lap record holder on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, so you get plenty of bang for the buck. But isn’t the AMG GT Black Series still a bit too expensive compared to what’s available on the market?
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is painfully expensive
At $325,000 a pop, the AMG GT Black Series is not only the most expensive Mercedes-Benz model, but it's also significantly more expensive than other AMG GT sports cars.
For instance, the base AMG GT comes in at $115,900, which means that the Black Series model is almost three times more expensive! Not only that, but it also costs twice as much as the Mercedes-AMG GT R model, priced from $162,900. Needless to say, I did not expect that when they first announced the Black Series, with most reports revolving around a $200K to $250K sticker.
For the price of a Black Series, you can also buy an AMG S 63 sedan and an AMG G 63 SUV, and you’d still have some $20,000 to spend on options. Or you could buy the fancy Mercedes-Maybach S 650 sedan and the base AMG GT for around $317,000. But that’s not really the point, is it? Whoever wants a sports car will want a proper sports car and won’t be looking into performance sedans and SUVs. And there are plenty of cool supercars you can buy with what you have to pay for the AMG GT Black Series.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series costs more than a Ferrari
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. Not only does it look fantastic with that aero package, but it also features an impressive amount of race-bred technology under the shell. The twin-turbo V-8 packs a whopping 720 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, almost as much as its race-spec GT3 sibling. And with a Nurburgring lap of 6:43 minutes, it’s quicker on a race track than many supercars. But it’s also notably more expensive than cars with a mid-engined layout, considered to be the best for fun on the race track and a pure driving experience.
One such car is the Ferrari F8 Tributo, the latest iteration of Maranello’s entry-level supercar.
Powered by a turbocharged V-8 good for 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, the F8 Tributo starts from $276,550, which leaves you almost $50,000 for options.
The McLaren 720S is yet another mid-engined supercar that’s a bit more affordable than the AMG GT Black Series. This British vehicle also packs a turbocharged V-8 rated at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque and comes in at $299,000 before options. The extra $25,000 will bring you a few cool options and extra carbon-fiber components.
The Lamborghini Huracan Evo is even more affordable. If you fancy a naturally aspirated V-10 instead of a turbo V-8, the Huracan packs the company’s already iconic 5.2-liter unit.
Sure, it's not as powerful at 630 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, but it comes in at "only" $261,274. Opt for the rear-wheel-drive version, which provides more old-school fun but also takes output down to 602 horses and 413 pound-feet, and pricing drops to $208,571.
That’s a massive $117,000 cut compared to the AMG GT Black Series.
Ultimately, this kind of money will bring one of the most iconic nameplates out there in your garage: the 911. This time around, a rear-engined car, the 911, is available in a wide selection of drivetrain and body styles. The most expensive version right now, the Turbo S, comes in at $203,500 with 641 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist on tap. The Turbo S is actually notably quicker than the Black Series, thanks to its AWD system. If the Turbo S is not radical enough for you, you can wait until the GT3 model comes out. It will cost notably less than $300,000 and will be suited for track fun. Actually, the next-generation 911 GT2 might be a bit cheaper, too, since the previous model came in at around $300,000. And you can bet on that car on becoming the fastest around the Nurburgring once it goes into production.
If you’re really nuts about the AMG GT Black Series, I can definitely understand the urge to pay more than $300,000 for it. But if you’re just on the market for a solid sports car, would you take a mid-engined supercar over it? Let me know in the comments section below.