‘Ring Record-Holding Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Costs $326,000

  • Mercedes-AMG has announced that the 2021 GT Black Series starts at $326,050.
  • It’s powered by a 720-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. AMG claims it’ll reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
  • It’ll arrive in the U.S. early next year.

    The Mercedes-AMG GT has finally gotten its top-dog Black Series variant, and it’s powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter flat-plane-crank V-8, dubbed M178 LS2, that produces 720 horsepower. It’s currently the Nürburgring production car lap record holder with a time of 6:48 on the 12.94-mile course, and when it goes on sale in the U.S. early next year it’ll start at $326,050.

    An aggressive aerodynamics package, which includes a manually adjustable carbon-fiber front splitter and a two-piece carbon-fiber wing painted in matte black, sets the Black Series far apart from the rest of the GT lineup, even the aggressive track-focused GT R. That’s not all the carbon fiber, though. The fenders, hood, roof, and rear hatch are all made of the stuff. A staggered set of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG forged wheels are standard, wrapped in ultra sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R rubber, and the camber is manually adjustable on both axles.

    A special paint color, Magmabeam (pictured above), is exclusively available for the Black Series, and it is the only extra-cost paint option. Interior customization options include AMG carbon-fiber doorsills, orange or silver contrast stitching, silver-colored seatbelts, a rear luggage area crossbar in either matte carbon fiber or gloss black aluminum, a touchpad for the center control, and a Burmester surround-sound system. Customers can also opt for a lane tracking package that includes blind-spot and lane-keeping assists, and there’s also a fitted car cover available. Pricing for these options will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

    The GT Black Series is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that uses a lighter, flat-plane crankshaft, as seen on Ferraris and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. The car makes 720 horsepower from 6700 to 6900 rpm, and peak torque is 590 lb-ft available from 2000 to 6000 rpm. AMG claims it’ll blast to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and reach a top speed of 202 mph. Even better, as of this writing, it’s the fastest production car around the Green Hell.

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