2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Scores Record Lap On The Nürburgring Nordschleife

Boom! Down goes another Nürburgring record to the might of Mercedes-AMG. And this record is particularly noteworthy for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the absolute lap record for production cars. Nothing with a license plate has gone faster than this. Secondly, Mercedes-AMG did it with a front-engine car. Showing, yet again, that tons of horsepower can overcome a number of handling problems.

Front vs. Mid Engine

It’s a well-known fact of engineering and physics that mid-engine cars are faster than ones with a front or rear engine. I could go into more details about why, but to save time, let’s remember that even Chevy finally debuted its mid-engine Corvette after the rumor mills swirled for years. The point being that Mercedes-AMG went out and set the production car record at the Nürburgring with what amounts to a factory hot-rod version of their GT called, almost unimaginatively, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

They had to do it with something, and since Mercedes-Benz doesn’t even make a mid-engine road car, a version of their Mercedes-AMG GT was a good place to start.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the Nürburgring.
Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. Photo: MBUSA.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Specs

  • Engine: 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo
  • Displacement: 3,982 cc
  • Horsepower: 720 (6,700-6,900 rpm)
  • Torque: 590 lb-ft. (2,000-6,000 rpm)
  • Drive System: RWD
  • Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed
  • Zero to 60: 3.1 seconds
  • Top Speed: 202

Hard Pill To Swallow?

The car Mercedes-AMG knocked off the top of the heap was a factory hot-rodded Lamborghini Aventador, which is decidedly mid-engine. This must either please or annoy the guys at Sant’Agata to no end. It must be like LeBron James losing a slam dunk or three-point shooting competition to a rookie. If you’re a star like King James, you might have respect for the new kid taking your crown, but it might also be a tough pill to swallow.

Given Lebron’s sheer physical stature, some players from opposing teams have to work from an “engineering deficit,” so to say, which is what Mercedes-AMG faced here against Lamborghini.

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