Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series to start from $325,000*

When designing the iconic new super sports model in the Mercedes-AMG GT family, the engineers in Affalterbach pulled out all the stops to develop an incomparable flagship: the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. This halo model features the most powerful AMG V8 production engine of all time, highly expressive design, sophisticated aerodynamics and an intelligent material mix to create optimal driving dynamics and ideal vehicle balance in every situation. Featuring a Handcrafted AMG V8 engine producing 720 hp, the new Black Series embodies AMG’s roots in motorsport–-together with a design derived directly from the current AMG GT3 race car. An eye- catching new AMG Magmabeam paint finish is optionally available to further enhance its unique look, reserved exclusively for the new GT Black Series. Arriving in U.S. dealerships in early 2021, this exclusive new model will be priced from $325,000*.

At the heart of the all-new AMG GT Black series lies the new Handcrafted AMG V8 engine featuring a flat- plane crankshaft, developing 720 hp from 6,700-6,900 rpm, with a peak torque of 590 lb-ft available from 2,000-6,000 rpm. This new engine lends the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series a completely unique character while enabling remarkable driving performance. The new GT Black Series accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can reach 124 mph in under nine seconds. The top speed is 202 mph.

The AMG GT Black Series recently shattered the existing official lap record on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. With an officially measured, notarized and certified time of 6:43.616 min for the 12.8 mile-long track and 6:48.047 min for the 12.944 mile-long total track, the GT Black Series places in the top group of the street- legal “sports cars” category and is now number one among fully standard, unmodified models.

In the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, the relationship to the AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 race cars is visually and technically stronger than ever before. In addition to the larger cooling air intake up front from the AMG GT race car, another direct derivative from motorsport is the new carbon-fiber hood, with two large exhaust air outlets in black-finished carbon. These large outlets guide warm air fed from the diagonally positioned cooling pack out of the engine compartment. This technology increases the vehicle’s overall downforce. At the same time, air resistance is reduced and the air flow for cooling the engine is optimized.

The bearings on the upper and lower wishbones of the rear axle also come straight from motorsport. Their motorsport design ensures they have no play, which means toe-in and camber do not change, even under high loads. The AMG GT Black Series therefore delivers precise steering, clear steering feedback and ideal cornering performance.

Standard-equipment highlights of this ultimate performance model include: new, larger front bumper with manually adjustable carbon-fiber front splitter for track use, carbon fiber fenders and carbon fiber front hood with two large air outlets. A lightweight carbon fiber roof with lowered center, black painted carbon fiber rear hatch with small lip spoiler and a larger rear windshield in lightweight glass are also standard. A distinctive two-piece rear spoiler in matte black-painted carbon fiber, along with 19” front, 20” rear AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in matte black, featuring a high-sheen rim lip, round-off the remarkable standard performance- related features.

Inside the new Black Series, standard highlights include: Unique interior design in Exclusive nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber in black, with either orange or silver contrasting topstitching, matte black carbon fiber trim, AMG Performance seats, AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfiber with AMG steering wheel buttons and Black Series badge, lightweight door panels in DINAMICA microfiber with orange or silver contrasting topstitching and motorsport-derived door-close strap handles.

The all-new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships in early 2021.

At a glance

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
Engine Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo
Displacement 3,982 cc
Engine output 720 hp at 6,700-6,900 rpm
Peak torque 590 lb-ft at 2,000–6,000 rpm
Drive system layout Rear-wheel drive
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 7-Speed
0-60 mph (sec) 3.1 s
Top speed (mph) 202
Length (in) 181.2
Width w/ mirrors (in) 81.7
Height (in) 50.4
Wheelbase (in) 103.7
MSRP $325,000*
Availability Arriving in U.S. dealerships early 2021

*Prices excludes $1,050 destination and delivery charge.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Quick Reference Guide

What’s New

  • Exclusive all-new ultimate performance model in the AMG GT family.
  • Combines the most powerful AMG V8 engine of all time, with the most expressive design, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix and the most distinctive driving dynamics in one awe-inspiring special model.

Performance and Technical Highlights

  • 4.0-liter V8 biturbo motor with dry sump lubrication, identification code: M178 LS2
  • 720 hp max. output at 6,700-6,900 rpm
  • 590 lb-ft max. torque at 2,000-6,000 rpm
  • Top Speed 202 mph
  • 0-60 mph 3.1 seconds
  • 0-124 mph in under 9.0 seconds
  • Engine features a new flat-plane crankshaft with crankpins on one plane
  • New camshafts and exhaust manifolds
  • Reinforced AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual clutch transmission for higher torque
  • New twin-pipe exhaust system made of thin-walled stainless steel

Exterior Highlights

  • New, significantly larger radiator trim (inspired by GT3 racing car) with vertical slats in dark chrome
  • New, larger front bumper with an additional manually adjustable front splitter for track use, with front diffuser in carbon fiber
  • New carbon fiber hood with two large air outlets and visible carbon fiber surfaces
  • New carbon fiber front fenders with seamlessly integrated vents in the body color
  • Lightweight carbon fiber roof with lowered center
  • New, significantly larger side sill panels with carbon fiber elements, merging into larger blades at the front and rear
  • Black painted carbon fiber rear hatch with small spoiler lip and larger rear windshield made of lightweight glass
  • Front windshield in lightweight glass
  • New rear bumper with visible carbon fiber elements, double diffuser, two rounded tailpipe trim elements on the outside left and right, and side wheel arch vents
  • New, two-piece carbon fiber rear spoiler with specially molded supports in matte black painted carbon fiber, bolted to the carbon fiber rear hatch. Additional electric flap can be adjusted automatically or manually by means of a button
  • Standard 19”/20” AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in matte black finish, and wheel rim lip in high- sheen finish
  • New, exclusive AMG magmabeam special paintwork available

Interior Highlights

  • Unique interior design concept in Exclusive nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber in black with orange or silver contrasting topstitching and matte black carbon fiber trim
  • Standard AMG Performance seats
  • Aluminum instrument panel
  • AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfiber with AMG steering wheel buttons and Black Series badge
  • Lightweight door panels in DINAMICA microfiber with orange or silver contrasting topstitching and door-close strap handles
  • Upper dashboard in DINAMICA microfiber with orange contrasting topstitching

Aerodynamic Highlights

  • High downforce with optimized aero balance to increase dynamic driving capabilities
  • Aerodynamic measures integrated into body shell for lower air resistance and increased downforce
  • Front diffuser with two manually adjustable settings: Street and Race
  • Integrated wheel arch vents in body color and side openings in the fenders behind the wheels to increase downforce
  • Integrated cooling air ducts in the side sill paneling for rear brake cooling
  • Extensive closed underbody paneling, specially adapted geometry with longitudinal fins and rear diffuser to increase negative pressure surface area on the underbody and increase downforce
  • The large twin-pipe exhaust outlets in the hood discharge warm air and also direct air past the A- pillars –- allowing an optimal flow of air to the rear spoiler.
  • Double rear spoiler with large upper blade and smaller lower blade
  • Both rear spoiler blades are mechanically adjustable
  • Flap on upper rear spoiler blade adjustable by 20 degrees – automatically or manually by button, depending on the selected drive program or AMG DYNAMICS position: improves longitudinal and transverse dynamics as well as brake balance

Chassis & Suspension Highlights

  • Carbon fiber shear panels in front section combined with lightweight integral carrier and carbon fiber cross tunnel
  • Carbon fiber shear panels in rear underbody
  • Lightweight and rigid elements stiffen the entire body shell structure and, as a result, make the body shell even more robust. They now create a connected network to increase stiffness and improve the vehicle’s high driving precision in all driving maneuvers
  • Carbon fiber drive shaft
  • Coiled carbon fiber transmission mount
  • AMG coil-over suspension with AMG RIDE CONTROL adaptive adjustable damping
  • Manually adjustable camber on front and rear axle
  • Manually adjustable sway bars on front and rear axle
  • AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system with black brake calipers and white lettering, motorsport brake pads and discs, optimized for fade resistance and temperature stability

Model Positioning:

AMG GT Black Series: the most expressive design, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, the most distinctive driving dynamics with the most powerful AMG V8 engine of all time all combine to create the absolute pinnacle of AMG Driving Performance.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The most powerful AMG V8 series engine of all time, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, the most expressive design, the most distinctive driving dynamics: For the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, Affalterbach’s engineers have raised the bar in the art of vehicle design. This new super sports car perfectly embodies the brand’s rich tradition in motorsport, as well as its expertise in developing complete vehicles which impress in every respect. The result is an awe-inspiring vehicle with 720 hp from a Handcrafted AMG V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft, combined with active aerodynamics and a design stemming directly from the current AMG GT3 racing car.

At Mercedes-AMG, the Black Series has been synonymous with a very special type of car since 2006: uncompromisingly sporty, with an expressive design and the most direct technology transfer from motorsport to series production. Black Series models are exclusive automotive rarities. They are not developed to gather dust in collectors’ garages, but for high-speed use on race tracks, despite being approved for road usage. The AMG GT Black Series represents a new highlight in this tradition: It features the most powerful Mercedes-AMG V8 series engine of all time.

In order to redefine the super sports car, the engine specialists in Affalterbach have once again extensively redeveloped the tried-and-tested 4.0-liter V8 biturbo unit – despite it already being renowned for excellent drivability, power delivery and torque. The specifications were clear: Significantly more power than the previous flagship model of the AMG GT family, an even more agile throttle response, maximum torque – all of which meant that a radical change was needed in the form of a new, flat-plane crankshaft.

“The new GT Black Series is our latest automotive highlight and continues a tradition established in 2006. The sixth iteration of its kind is another AMG milestone and impressive proof of the incredible development expertise in Affalterbach. I am proud of the team who have created this unique super sports car, which now represents the absolute peak of our successful GT family. The performance, appearance and driving dynamics of the GT Black Series are second to none. This project was a fantastic end to my work at AMG, for which I am truly thankful,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board at Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Distinctive V8 engine design

The design of a V8 engine gives designers plenty of room to play with in one key element: the crank arrangement on the crankshaft. This influences the characteristics of the engine. There are usually two variants in V8 engines: the ‘cross plane’ where the crankpins of the four pairs of cylinders are at 90-degree angles to each other, which AMG has used in all previous V8 engines, or the ‘flat-plane crankshaft’, where all crankpins are on the same plane with a 180-degree offset (‘flat-plane’).

If you look at the front of a cross-plane crankshaft, you will be able to identify the cross that gives it its name. The benefits of these crankshafts are superb smoothness and high torque at low rotational speeds. The characteristic sound is another hallmark feature of the cross-plane V8 engine. In order to make optimal use of the displacement and the performance potential in the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, AMG engineers have essentially moved the exhaust side into the hot internal V of the two cylinder banks in the V8 engine.

Uniformly oscillating gas columns for even more power

Another way of increasing performance is by utilizing a flat-plane crankshaft. In the flat-plane V8 engine, it looks like an inline four-cylinder model – except for the wider crankpins, which have two connecting rods each in the V8. Ignition in the flat-plane V8 jumps from one cylinder bank to the next, which further improves the gas cycle. The characteristic firing order with a 180-degree crankshaft angle offset is 1-8-2-7 4-5-3-6. This creates uniformly oscillating gas columns in the exhaust tract and on the intake side, whose resonance can easily be used to increase performance. An even greater advantage is a more agile throttle response.

The most powerful V8 engine from Mercedes-AMG

Although the new GT Black Series engine is based on the AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo with dry sump lubrication, it has been given the new internal code of M178 LS2, due to its numerous modifications. It achieves 720 hp at 6,700-6,900 rpm and delivers a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft at 2,000-6,000 rpm. New camshafts and exhaust manifolds are adapted to the new firing order and further improve the gas cycle.

Both twin-scroll exhaust turbochargers are mounted in anti-friction bearings, as in the top-of-the-range four-door AMG GT Coupe, which optimizes their throttle response even further. However, in the GT Black Series, the turbochargers have been given a larger compressor wheel, meaning that both can deliver a total of 24.6 psi. By way of comparison: The figure is 19.6 psi for the AMG GT R. 7,000 rpm is not critical as a continuous speed, so the redline instead tops out at 7,200 rpm. The larger intercoolers guarantee they always keep the charge-air temperature within the best possible range. The unique aspects of the new engine are also reflected in the distinctive engine badge, which is rendered in black.

0-124 mph in under nine seconds

The new Handcrafted AMG engine in the GT Black Series gives it a completely unique character, which is not only reflected in the power delivery, but also in its very distinctive sound. The new engine also enables highly impressive driving performance: The Black Series shoots from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in under nine seconds. The top speed is 202 mph, although this is only sensible on closed-off racetracks.

Modified AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual clutch transmission, which is located on the rear axle in a transaxle arrangement for optimal weight distribution, as is the case for all AMG GT 2-door models. It has been specially modified for use in the AMG GT Black Series and adapted to the increased torque of 590 lb-ft. The previous limits governing shift performance and response time have been extended, making them more suitable for racetracks.

This all contributes to new and unique characteristics, as not only are the accelerator and engine response more agile – the drive programs, start-up characteristics and gear changes are, too. The Race Start function is now even more impressive, thanks to the increased starting revs, the more sensitive wheel slip control and the high-performance tires fit for the racetrack. Furthermore, the transmission cooling has been adapted to the tougher requirements, and the transmission ratios have also been slightly modified.

The ‘torque tube’ creates the connection between the engine and the transmission. It is made of carbon fiber and, at just 30.6 lbs, is around 40 percent lighter than its already weight-optimized aluminum counterpart in the AMG GT. As a structural component of the transaxle drivetrain, it creates an extremely torsionally stiff connection between the engine and the transmission. It allows for a direct connection of the drivetrain that is favorable to the driving dynamics and also plays a role in the vehicle’s balanced weight distribution. The drive shaft which rotates inside is also made from lightweight carbon fiber.

Sophisticated aerodynamics for incredibly high driving dynamics

The sophisticated and optimized aerodynamics make a significant contribution to agile driving dynamics and stability on fast circuits. As with the AMG GT R and AMG GT R PRO, aerodynamics experts and designers have worked in close collaboration to enhance the aerodynamic characteristics of the GT Black Series. ‘Form follows function’ applies more than ever in the case of the new Black Series.

The similarity to the AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 racing cars is visually and technically stronger than ever before. It starts with the new, significantly larger radiator air inlet, which stems directly from the AMG GT3 racing car. The radiator trim has vertical slats in dark chrome, and now that the wheel arch coolers are also fed with air directly via the central inlet, there is no need for two additional outer air inlets in the front bumper. Semicircular flics optimize the flow of air, which not only increases downforce at the front axle, but also improves brake cooling. The ‘air curtains’ control and direct the flow towards the wheels. Together with the flics in front of the wheels, these enhancements reduce the drag coefficient and increase downforce. The new design language therefore combines maximum cool-air efficiency with lower air resistance and an increased level of downforce at the front.

The carbon-fiber front splitter has two manually adjustable settings (Street and Race – Race exclusively for use on racetracks), and can be adapted to meet various track requirements. When extended forward (Race position), a front diffuser in the shape of a reversed wing profile is created under the front section. Depending on the driving speed, this element is lowered even further by the rising negative pressure, which significantly accelerates the air flow on the underbody, creating a ‘Venturi effect’, which also draws the car closer to the road and increases downforce on the front axle. The driver can feel the benefits in the steering: The Black Series can be steered even more precisely when cornering at high speed and exhibits exceptional directional stability. Especially during fast cornering and under high lateral acceleration, the vehicle delivers an agile response with clear steering wheel feedback – while remaining easily controllable at all times. If the front diffuser is in the Race position, the downforce at the rear axle can also be increased further by the new rear spoiler design.

Hood with two large exhaust air openings to improve aero-performance

Another direct derivative from motorsport is the new carbon-fiber hood, with two large exhaust air outlets made from black finished carbon-fiber surfaces. The large outlets guide the warm air, which is fed from the diagonally positioned cooling pack, out of the engine compartment. This technology is also directly derived from motorsport and increases the overall downforce. At the same time the air resistance is reduced, and the air mass flow for cooling the engine is optimized. The air is also specifically guided around the A-pillars and side windows to the rear, where it increases the efficiency of the new rear spoiler design. The seamlessly integrated front fender vents, with five fins in body color and exhaust air openings behind the wheels in the front carbon-fiber fenders, help to increase downforce at the front axle by means of effective wheel arch ventilation. The air flowing around the vehicle is also optimized by the new, significantly larger and wider side sill panels with black carbon-fiber elements, which merge into vertical blades at the front and rear. Additional cooling air ducts are integrated into the side sill panels for brake cooling at the rear axle.

Two-stage rear spoiler concept

The rear view is characterized by the new rear bumper with a large diffuser, two rounded twin-tailpipe trims on the outside left and right, side wheel arch ventilation, and the innovative rear spoiler design. Both spoiler blades are made from carbon fiber, can be mechanically adjusted and therefore adapted to various track conditions. The second, lower positioned blade was made particularly small and narrow because this is ideal for the air arriving from the front of the car. The light yet robust carbon-fiber spoiler supports, painted matte black and specially designed with extensive simulations, also increase aerodynamic efficiency. They are bolted to the carbon-fiber rear hatch, which is also black.

Another fascinating detail: the adjustable flap in the upper blade. This active aerodynamic element is electronically adjusted by 20 degrees, to suit the driving situation and selected AMG DYNAMICS mode, while improving longitudinal and transverse dynamics. In a flat position, it reduces the air resistance, to help reach top speed more quickly. In the inclined position, the flap improves braking performance and cornering stability thanks to increased downforce at the rear axle.

Four different activation strategies can be run, depending on whether AMG DYNAMICS Basic, Advanced, Pro or Master has been selected. Some of these strategies also involve driving dynamics recognition, for example, Master: The flap is permanently inclined and extended up to 155 mph. When the speed exceeds 155 mph, it retracts in order to reduce the air resistance and thus reach top speed more quickly. However, if the driver brakes suddenly or steers into a corner, the flap immediately returns to its extended position in order to optimize braking and cornering, thanks to increased downforce and air resistance. The flap can also be retracted or extended by the driver using a separate button in the center console.

Extensive paneling on the underbody

The detailed aerodynamic work also includes the now almost fully paneled underbody, which must not only meet aerodynamic requirements, but thermal ones as well (heat dissipation). The flat underbody is equipped with specially designed longitudinal fins. These air channels have been meticulously optimized to ensure optimal air flow to the rear diffuser. The entire package accelerates air flow, significantly increasing downforce. All measures are coordinated and interact with the new rear spoiler design. The result of all these measures is a downforce level of well over 882 lbs at 155 mph.

Lightweight and robust carbon-fiber, as far as the eye can see

The lightweight carbon-fiber roof, with a lowered center, as well as the carbon-fiber rear hatch with small spoiler lip and larger rear windshield made from lightweight glass, are all key components of the ‘intelligent material mix’ and ‘lightweight construction’. Moving to the front of the car, the glass used to make the laminated front windshield is also lightweight. The coiled carbon-fiber transmission mount is another exclusive Black Series component. Additional carbon- fiber shear panels in the front section, underbody and rear stiffen the entire aluminum body shell structure, together with the lightweight integral carrier and the carbon-fiber cross tunnel, making the body shell even more stable. The elements form a connected network and increase the high driving precision of the Black Series in all driving maneuvers. The carbon-fiber shear panel under the engine is connected to the integral carrier and stiffens the entire front section and steering system, making the steering noticeably more precise and further stabilizing the front axle. The integral carrier at the front axle is exclusively made for the Black Series using a lightweight aluminum construction.

The standard ceramic high-performance compound brake system with black painted brake calipers and white lettering is also characterized by low weight and high performance. Special brake pads and rotors together with modified brake cooling guarantee optimal and non-fading deceleration as well as high-precision brake-application. The standard light- alloy forged wheels also contribute to weight reduction.

AMG coil-over suspension with adaptive adjustable damping

A double wishbone design enhances the wheel with high camber and toe-in stability. This enables high cornering speeds and gives the driver optimized road feel when cornering at the extreme limits. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are made entirely from forged aluminum in order to reduce the unsprung mass. The spherical bearings on the upper and lower wishbones of the rear axle come straight from motorsport. Their design means they have no play, which means toe-in and camber do not change even under high loads. The GT Black Series therefore allows for precise steering, provides clear steering feedback and thus delivers better cornering performance.

As with the AMG GT R, an AMG coil-over suspension with adjustable spring preload is used in the Black Series, with technology adapted to meet the specific requirements for extreme race track use with high damping forces. The technology from motorsport is combined with the AMG RIDE CONTROL continuously variable, adaptive damping system. The system is electronically controlled and automatically adapts the damping on each wheel to the current handling situation, the speed and the road conditions. The damping characteristics are modulated rapidly and precisely by two separate valves for the rebound and compression forces in the dampers. These valves are new and are also based on motorsport technology. They react in an even more agile manner to fast suspension movements. A harder damping rate, for example when cornering and braking, effectively reduces rolling movements. The continuously variable adjustment of the damping to suit the current speed also ensures the best possible road contact and thus enhances safety, even at high speeds.

The driver can also adjust the adaptive damping characteristics at the touch of a button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT or by using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes. Three modes are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. The modified logic means that there is an even better trade-off. ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’ are the right choice for public roads. In ‘Sport’, the damping is firmer, with a sportier body connection and less comfort – and can also be chosen for race tracks if more slippery track conditions prevail as a result of wet conditions. ‘Sport Plus’ is ideal for use on racetracks, as it has a special feature: The system automatically recognizes the quality of the track surface, i.e. whether the car is being driven on a flat Grand Prix course like Hockenheim or a bumpy track like the Nürburgring North Loop. It then automatically adapts the level of electronic damping in ‘Sport Plus’. To develop this logic, the Black Series was tailored to a wide range of different track types and the adaptation perfected.

Additional Carbon-fiber to reduce the suspension weight

The front axle is equipped with a dual adjustable sway bar made of lightweight carbon-fiber. The sway bar has a short and firm connection as its default setting. Its counterpart at the rear axle is made of steel, has 3-way adjustment, and saves weight thanks to its hollow tube design. From the default “central” position, it can be adjusted to one level harder (short connection) or softer (long connection). The carbon-fiber shear panel in the rear underbody enhances the high driving precision. This lightweight and rigid element stiffens the rear-end structure and as a result makes the body shell even more stable. The electronically controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts were also retuned to further increase the agility and deliver high-precision response and clear feedback.

Other suspension measures include the wide track at the front and rear, and the manually adjustable camber at the front and rear axles. This means that exceptionally high camber values can be set, which are only used for the purpose of increasing performance in motorsport on closed-off race tracks.

A Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tire, specially customized for the Black Series, has been developed in collaboration with Michelin®. As is the custom in motorsport, this high-performance tire is exclusively available for Mercedes-AMG in two compounds: The standard tire equipped from the factory is the soft-compound Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO1A, whose side flank enhances the silhouette of the AMG GT Black Series. A ‘hard compound’ is also available as a retrofitting option for race track use at higher temperatures. As well as the Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO2 designation, it can be identified by the tire compound available from the AMG Performance Center, with the hallmark motorsport sticker from the French tire manufacturer. The sizes are 10 J x 19 wheels with 285/35 ZR 19 tires (front) and 12 J x 20 wheel with 335/30 ZR 20 tires (rear).

Grip to the power of nine: AMG TRACTION CONTROL

For use on closed-off racetracks in ESP OFF mode, the AMG TRACTION CONTROL enables the driver to get individual support for controlling the immense power of the Black Series – and without any ESP brake intervention whatsoever. The level of support can be fine-tuned, providing the ideal level of assistance for each driver and each track. The AMG TRACTION CONTROL has been extensively tailored to meet the requirements of the new Black Series and allows preselection of one of nine slip settings on the live rear axle. Control is exclusively via corresponding maps in the engine electronics and without any intervention in the ESP system, as is also the case with the GT3 racing car.

It is operated via a separate adjuster in the central console. It can also be operated while wearing racing gloves in its central position in the dashboard. Depending on the setting, the system permits more or less slip on the rear wheels – very helpful in a variety of road conditions. Level 1 is programmed for driving in the wet with high safety reserves. Level 9 allows maximum slip on the rear axle. Each setting is displayed on the adjuster itself and in the instrument cluster’s central display.

The AMG TRACTION CONTROL has a major advantage over conventional systems in that it anticipates situations with the help of a friction coefficient evaluator and other data processed by a control unit within a fraction of a second. The maximum permissible drive slip on the rear wheels is calculated depending on the selected AMG TRACTION CONTROL level. When the wheels reach this level of slip during acceleration, the traction control modulates the engine output so that this level is not exceeded and the vehicle continues accelerating with this specified slip. The system’s algorithms have been developed as a double control variable model and not only control the engine’s drive torque, but also the locking level of the electronic differential lock.

Exclusive orange contrasting color

The interior design emphasizes the pole position of the AMG GT Black Series: Exclusive nappa leather is combined with sporty DINAMICA microfiber in black with orange contrasting topstitching. The instrument panel and the newly designed lightweight door panels, which are now equipped with loop pull handles instead of conventional handles, are trimmed in black DINAMICA microfiber. Further orange contrasting topstitching, matte black carbon-fiber trim and the Interior Night Package add further interior highlights. AMG carbon-fiber bucket seats (not available in the USA, Canada and China) combine low weight with optimum lateral support. In the USA, Canada and China, the Black Series is equipped with AMG Performance seats as standard. The interior is also optionally available with silver contrasting topstitching.

Displays with AMG-specific graphics

The AMG GT Black Series features the fully digital instrument displays from the AMG GT family with an instrument cluster measuring 12.3 inches in front of the driver, and a 10.25-inch multimedia display on the center console. The instrument cluster offers different designs with three AMG-specific display styles: ‘Classic’, ‘Sporty’ or ‘Supersport’. The ‘Supersport’ view with a central rev counter features extensive additional information, such as a prompt to shift up in manual transmission mode, the ‘shift light’. The visualizations on the multimedia display enable further vehicle functions to be experienced, e.g. with animated presentations of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems.

At your fingertips: display buttons in the center console

The innovative, colored display buttons in the V-shaped center console integrate the display and control of transmission logic, suspension, ESP, exhaust system, rear spoiler flap and start/stop function. The TFT display buttons use intuitive symbols to show their functions and are easy to operate with a small tap of the finger. As they have a mechanical pressure point, they can also be operated while wearing racing gloves. The display buttons are supplemented by the two rocker switches for the drive programs and volume control of the audio system.

Control in an instant: the AMG Performance steering wheel

The AMG Performance steering wheel is also adopted from the AMG GT family. It is characterized by its sporty design, a flattened bottom section with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation. The steering wheel rim is fully trimmed in DINAMICA microfiber, while the steering wheel badge exclusively features the Black Series lettering, along with the AMG logo. The aluminum steering wheel shift paddles for manual gear changes enable even sportier driving. The integrated Touch Control buttons can be used to control the instrument cluster and the multimedia display by means of horizontal and vertical finger swipes.

As standard, the AMG DRIVE UNIT steering wheel buttons also have a round controller with an integrated display, as well as two vertically positioned colored display buttons with switches. The AMG drive programs can be activated using the right controller. The selected setting is shown on the color LCD display directly integrated in the controller.

The two freely configurable display buttons and the additional switches on the left side enable further AMG functions to be controlled directly on the steering wheel. This means that the driver can concentrate fully on high-speed driving without having to take their hands off the wheel. Each required function can be depicted by a display icon, which the driver can set using the respective switch so the two individually preferred AMG functions can be defined exactly and the settings changed with just a tap of the finger.

The AMG Interior Night Package is also included as standard equipment. In this package, the shift paddles, steering wheel spokes and seat insert in the AMG Performance seats are finished in high-gloss black, while the door sill panels are finished in black brushed stainless steel, further emphasizing the car’s sportiness.

AMG GT Black Series: the most expressive design, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, the most distinctive driving dynamics with the most powerful AMG V8 engine of all time all combine to create the absolute pinnacle of AMG Driving Performance.

AMG GT Black Series

181.25 inches


81.69 inches


50.39 inches


103.74 inches


Curb Weight (lbs)

3,616 lbs* (est.)
*with full gas tank

Fuel Economy TBA
Engine Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8
Displacement 3,982 cc
Drive Config. Rear-Wheel Drive

720 hp at 6,700-6,900 rpm
590 lb-ft at 2,000-6,000 rpm

Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 7-
0-60 mph (sec) 3.1
Top speed (mph) 202


Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is fastest production car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife

The incredibly close link to motorsport found in the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series was impressively demonstrated by GT3 driver Maro Engel on the “North Loop” of the famous Nürburgring. With an officially measured, notarized and certified time of 6:43.616 min for the 12.8 mile-long track and 6:48.047 min for the 12.944 mile-long total track, the new V8 rocket is placed in the top group of the street-legal “sports cars” category and is number one among the fully standard, unmodified models.

() Maro Engel made full use of the entire potential offered by the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, including the most powerful AMG V8 series engine ever offered with 720 hp, sophisticated aerodynamics and the extensive suspension adjustment options. For example, the carbon fiber front splitter was extended to the “Race” position, and the lower and upper wing blades of the rear spoiler were each adjusted to the middle position. The adjustable AMG coilover suspension with adaptive damping was lowered by 0.2 in at the front and 0.1 in at the rear to further enhance the venturi effect of the front diffuser. The camber was adjusted to the maximum possible values of negative 3.8 degrees at the front axle and negative 3.0 degrees at the rear. In the case of the adjustable anti-roll bars, racing professional Engel opted for the hardest of the three possible settings, and the 35-year-old adjusted the nine-stage AMG traction control between positions six and seven–depending on the section of the track. Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series customers can also take advantage of all these settings and adjustment possibilites.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tires with “soft compound,” are standard equipment and were developed in collaboration with development partner Michelin especially for the top sports car in the AMG GT lineup. The highest possible level of stopping performance was ensured by the standard AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system.

“That was a really impressive ride,” said Maro Engel after completing the record lap. “With speeds of up to almost 168 mph in the Kesselchen section of the track and well over 186 mph on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car. To finally drive around the Nordschleife in 6:48.047 minutes (for the 12.944 mi total track) with a production road car in these track conditions is really awesome. Like my GT3 race car, the AMG GT Black Series offers a lot of adjustment possibilities, all of which enabled me to create a setup that was tailor-made for me.”

Also in terms of aerodynamic efficiency, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series shares a great deal from the race car. The carbon-fiber hood with two large exhaust outlets is a direct derivation from motorsport, for example. These specifically guide the warm air flowing from the slanted radiator setup out of the engine compartment. This increases overall downforce, as does the sophisticated rear wing and the largely enclosed underbody.

“It’s really impressive how much downforce the Black Series generates and how confident and reliably it can be driven, even at the absolute limit. My hat is off to the developers from Affalterbach for what they have put on wheels here. And I’m very pleased that I was able to demonstrate these fascinating engineering skills with this great lap time,” said Engel.

Just as they were for AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert, who set a new lap record with the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S on the same day, the conditions were not quite ideal for Maro Engel either. When the GT3 professional drove through the light gate of the timing system on November 4, 2020 at 5:02 p.m., not only were 12.944 miles of Green Hell behind him in the dim light – the GT3 professional also set the fastest time at an outside temperature of 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 degrees Fahrenheit on the asphalt. In addition, some sections of the extremely demanding track were not yet totally dry.

The fast lap times were precisely measured by neutral experts from “wige SOLUTIONS”. An independent notary also certified the condition of the vehicle as well as the measurements. The spectacular drive can be watched on a video here:

Background: Why there are two differently timed laps on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife

The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is regarded as the most difficult racetrack in the world and is included in every new development by Mercedes-AMG. A record lap is therefore the most demanding test of the qualities of a sports car. The times are determined for two track alternatives – 12.8 and 12.944 miles long.

Since 1997, the 12.8-mile circuit has been the measure of all things. The specialist magazine sport auto from the Motor Presse Stuttgart publishing house drives this circuit as part of their so-called “Supertest”. For historical reasons, the short straight at the T13 grandstand – from the turnoff from the Nordschleife to the Grand Prix circuit to the exit of the Grand Prix circuit onto the Nordschleife – was not included in the timing. The starting line is therefore at the end of the T13 grandstand in a northerly direction and the finish line is at the beginning of the T13 grandstand in a southerly direction. Therefore, no complete lap is measured after the flying start. The total length of the course is exactly 12.8 miles.

In 2019 the official Nürburgring lap was added. It was organized by the operating company “Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG” and is 761.155 ft longer, because the start and finish line are identical here, also on the T13 section, so a full Nordschleife lap of 12.944 miles is driven and measured with a flying start.

Numerous conditions must be met for both record times to be recognized: In addition to timekeeping with calibrated photoelectric sensor technology, official record attempts and attempts to achieve a lap time are always accompanied by a notary. In addition to monitoring the timekeeping, the vehicles and the tires are also inspected and approved by the notary. The classification of the vehicle classes is based on the official categories of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (“Kraftfahrtbundesamt” KBA).


Highly exclusive 13th special edition boat from Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing celebrates world debut

Incredible new 2,250 horsepower Cigarette 41’ Nighthawk AMG Black Series draws inspiration from the performance flagship Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

Today, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing presented the all-new Cigarette 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series special edition boat, alongside the breathtaking new on-road performance benchmark, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. As the 13th boat jointly developed in this longstanding partnership, this boat is the latest in an impressive line of highly exclusive special edition performance vessels. The new Cigarette 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series promises direct and unfiltered performance, combined with iconic design and luxurious features, with exclusivity and craftsmanship unlike any other performance boat in its segment.

The 41’ Nighthawk AMG Edition draws on Cigarette’s advanced engineering, utilizing cutting-edge elements such as a unique twin-step hull design to deliver its remarkable on-water performance. A low center of gravity, which improves handling, and light overall weight, which improves speed, have been achieved using a completely carbon-fiber deck and an all carbon-fiber hardtop design. Intelligent use of composite materials and proprietary construction techniques improve structural integrity, delivering enhanced ride comfort and composed handling characteristics in even the most demanding conditions.

The striking design of the 41′ Nighthawk AMG Edition is the result of the close collaboration between the Cigarette Racing Team, the Mercedes-AMG design team and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Mercedes-Benz AG. Mercedes-AMG embodies the pinnacle of Performance Luxury on the road, and the Cigarette 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series promises outstanding on water performance, exciting driving pleasure and ultimate quality and craftsmanship down to the finest detail. The new Cigarette 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series perfectly translates the shared philosophies between AMG and Cigarette, resulting in a truly remarkable special edition boat. With its dramatic proportions, benchmark-setting power and striking design, the new Nighthawk AMG Black Series delivers Mercedes-AMG’s legendary performance from its awe- inspiring Black Series model, creating an equally compelling role model on the water.

High performance on water

Like the awe-inspiring AMG GT Black Series, this special edition boat also sets new standards in performance within its segment. For example, the new 41′ Nighthawk AMG Edition is the first in its model range to feature five racing-grade outboard engines. These five 4.6-liter V8 Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines create an industry-leading 450 peak propshaft horsepower each, and are controlled via an advanced shadowing throttle system, which allows only two levers to be used to control all five engines simultaneously.

The combined 2,250 HP output accelerates this new special edition boat to a remarkable top speed of more than 90 MPH. This is an achievement of particularly high significance for a boat in this large center console segment, which can comfortably hold more than ten people and still feature exceptional luxury amenities.

Show-stopping design and features

The eye-catching Magmabeam orange and black exterior of this special edition is influenced by the AMG GT Black Series, which debuted the Magmabeam exterior color as an exclusive new option, and also offers optional orange elements in its interior. The Magmabeam orange and black color scheme is further enhanced by small AMG logos painted towards the bow of the boat in a repeating pattern. Each of these logos are individually painted–there are no decals. The center trim pieces of the engine cowlings are also painted in Magmabeam orange, uniting the distinctive aesthetic from bow to stern.

The layout of the Cigarette 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series focsues around a central console with a helm and cabin in the center of the boat, with the ability to walk around on both sides, and an open bow for seating up front. Part of what makes the Cigarette Racing Team center console unique is its advanced hull design,incorporating a highly refined “twin step” design that makes the boat dramatically more efficient. This advanced engineering combined with remarkable construction techniques and exceptional attention to detail – utilizing the latest technology combined with superior craftsmanship, results in a truly one-of-a-kind boat for the most discerning captain

This exceptional attention to detail continues inside this special boat. The interior is primarily grey and black, with distinctive orange detailing, uniting the exterior color scheme with the attractive interior design. The vessel also features the unique Cigarette Cool upholstery, which dissipates heat so that dark colors can remain comfortable, even when exposed to consistent sun and heat. The forward helm seating consists of two rows (three seats per row), with the front row featuring height adjustability, enabling the captain to achieve an ideal yet personalized seat height for spirited boating. This helm seating layout is advantageous for sporty driving, because you can have six people comfortably seated, forward facing, behind the central helm. There is an L-shaped lounge at the rear of the boat, and U-shaped seating at the bow. This layout creates a boat that is not only remarkably sporty and agile, but still offers the sort of entertainment and luxury that enhances its ability to cruise in comfort and relax with friends.

The helm features three Garmin 8617 multi functional displays flush-mounted to an instrument panel CNC-cut from a solid block of aluminum. This protective coated instrument panel is resistant to heat, reflections and fingerprints, while the perimeter of the panel is uniquely lit by RGB LED accent lighting, providing a distinctive glow, creating the Illusion that the dash is floating. Passengers can feel secure thanks to stainless steel grab bars and relax in total comfort with an ergonomic CNC-machined footrest.

The 41′ Nighthawk AMG Edition also impresses with its advanced control-interface design. Controlling the vessel’s features is acomplished through a sophisticated digital switching system. This system offers simple control of all systems onboard and also provides a performance benefit. By reducing the total weight of cables within the boat, the overall weight of the boat is also lowered, enabling higher performance. A lithium ion battery system further reduces weight, providing high power density, better durability and lower maintenance.

Balancing performance with impressive amenities, the 41′ Nighthawk AMG Edition also features comfort options such as a high powered Audio Marine audio system, an advanced lighting system, and a bow thruster. Additional Garmin multifunctional displays are located at the aft seating and bow, providing guests with easy access to the digital switching system to control lighting, stereo, chart plotting, and other amenities. Loaded with the latest technology, the 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series is truly as luxurious as it is thrilling to drive.

Driving performance on land: The AMG GT Black Series

As the inspiration model for the new Cigarette 41′ Nighthawk AMG Black Series, the AMG GT Black Series makes waves of its own with regards to its performance capabilities. This halo model features the most powerful AMG V8 production engine of all time, a highly expressive design, sophisticated aerodynamics and an intelligent material mix, creating optimal dynamics and vehicle balance. Featuring a Handcrafted AMG V8 engine producing 720 hp, the new Black Series embodies AMG’s roots in motorsport—together with a design derived directly from the current AMG GT3 race car.

The heart of the all-new AMG GT Black series is the new Handcrafted AMG V8 engine featuring a flat- plane crankshaft, developing 720 hp from 6,700-6,900 rpm, with a peak torque of 590 lb-ft available from 2,000-6,000 rpm. This new engine lends the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series a completely unique character while enabling unprecedented driving performance. The new AMG GT Black Series accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and can reach 124 mph in under nine seconds. The top speed is 202 mph.

Arriving in U.S. dealerships in summer 2021, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will be priced from $325,000*.

Collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing began their collaboration in 2007, primarily for organizing joint customer and marketing activities. Whether on water or on land, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing are united by their focus on delivering the ultimate in performance. The special edition boats from this unique partnership share the same interpretation of Performance Luxury—the brand aesthetic that has been defined for Mercedes-AMG. This turns them into a perfect technological and optical match.


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