The Mercedes-AMG’s GT R ins’t even officially out yet, but a superior version of it, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, already seems to be in the works. The bigger, badder and presumably faster option was just captured by spy cameras undergoing some arduous testing at the famed Nürburgring track, so take a look below to see what you can expect from this new performance-oriented model.
Although the prototype captured by the spy cameras is heavily camouflaged and a little hard to distinguish, we are almost certain that the vehicle in question is none other than the GT Black Series. Exact features are a little hard to determine at the moment, but you can definitely expect to see a lot of aerodynamic enhancements, a race-based suspension, as well as a considerable weight reduction. The overall design shouldn’t change that much, but we do expect the new look to be a bit edgier and more aggressive. From what we can tell from the video shown below, the new model is slightly wider than the already-wide GT R. We also spotted some new headlights and a larger wing at the rear.
Engine and Powertrain
The Black Series will be produced to go head to head with the class leader, the Porsche 911. But, this new performance-oriented model isn’t just about turning up the output. We actually expect that the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will, just like the SLS AMG Black Series that came before it, offer less torque than the standard model.
Mercedes-AMG hasn’t confirmed the powertrain alignment just yet, but we are hoping for the company’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that is capable of producing up to 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Those are the numbers that the E63 and S63 super sedans are able to deliver, and an output like that should be more than adequate for this new GT Black Series as well. To give you some perspective, the regular GT R is currently the fastest rear-wheel-drive production vehicle around the ‘Ring, and it offers “just” 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Release Date and Price
There is no word yet on the release date and price of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. But, if we are to believe AMG boss Tobias Moers, the new model will be ready to hit the showrooms by the end of 2018, which means the Black Series will arrive as a 2019 model.