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Review of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the track.

Drive tests the AMG GT Black Series, which is the fastest car that Mercedes-AMG has ever made and isn’t available for purchase.

Review of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the track.
Review of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the track.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

Mercedes-AMG is releasing only 28 of their GT Black Series super coupes in Australia, and all have been sold.

They are keeping one car from its new owner to allow the author to test it and experience its capabilities.

Pros:

  • Attractive appearance resembling a race car
  • Powerful and high-performance engine
  • Active aerodynamics help with traction while turning
  • Comes with both soft and hard compound tires

Cons:

  • Expensive, making it unattainable for most people
  • Lacks ISOFIX points for child seats
  • Unable to tow a horse trailer.
Review of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the track.

I completed five high-speed laps in the GT Black Series with Sam Brabham as my instructor. He helped me push both myself and the car to our limits. It was an intense and overwhelming experience that required all of my strength to complete.

Sitting upstairs in pitlane now, it appears that I forgot to press record on my internal memory bank.

I am fascinated by race drivers, not only for their remarkable skills in pushing cars to the maximum on every turn and lap, but also for their capacity to remember and recount those experiences in detail while discussing with race engineers or during TV interviews.

Driving the GT Black Series at Phillip Island was such an intense experience that it blurred into one heart-pumping moment outside of my comfort zone.

I don’t even remember breathing.

Here are the important details about the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series:

  • The MSRP is $796,900 plus on-road costs.
  • The color of the test car is Magma Beam Orange.
  • There were no additional options added to this particular car.
  • The final price of the tested car was $796,900 plus on-road costs.
  • No other rival cars were mentioned in the provided text.

As a proofreader, my revised version of the text is:

This text is a personal anecdote of the writer’s experience driving the Australian-spec GT Black Series with his tutor, Sam Brabham. It includes details like hitting his head on the low roof rail, fastening the safety features like a four-point harness and titanium rollcage, and noticing similarities in the cabin to the GT R Pro. The writer also mentions a yellow traction-control dial with nine settings.

I remember closing the door after Sam instructed me to start up the engine and put the car’s electronic smarts into Sports-plus mode. We engaged drive on the seven-speed dual-clutch auto and left the pits while listening to the Black Series’s flat-plane V8 growl menacingly in our ears.

AMG opted for a flat-plane crank arrangement in their most powerful engine as it maximizes performance at the expense of refinement. It also dulls low-RPM torque and attenuates that characterful V8 growl enjoyed by other AMG GT models equipped with similar engines. Instead, the Black Series V8 sounds less baritone primal and more stridently mechanical.

This is due not only to modifications like new camshafts and an exhaust manifold suited to this modified firing order but also larger turbocharger compressors and intercoolers feeding more air into this engine, as well as a new exhaust system to take it away. They all heighten throttle response while generating 25% more power than the GT R (537kW) and torque (800Nm), which represents a 14% increase over its previous level of 700Nm.

The GT Black Series has several features that make it lighter than the standard version. These include a modified transmission, a carbon-fiber driveshaft, and various carbon-fiber body parts. These changes reduce its weight by several kilograms, giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than the GT R Pro. However, the Australian version of the Black Series comes with a roll cage that slightly reduces this advantage.

As we merge with the main straight, I push down on the accelerator and three things happen simultaneously: first, my breathing stops as the Black surges forward like a launched missile; secondly, my ears shut down as the engine note changes from menacing to monstrous, drowning out Sam’s guidance beneath its thundering yowl; thirdly, my mind shuts off all ancillary functions as it struggles to cope with this unfamiliar and unfathomable reality.

Doohan Corner comes and goes as I focus primarily on restoring cognitive functions; secondly on brake markers and apex cones. Back in the driver briefing, I was dismissive of these driver aids but now I’m thankful because they help me concentrate better. 

I decide not to bother with using the gear-change paddles. It’s just as well since my ears haven’t yet adapted to deciphering this ridiculously loud and potent V8 at differing revs. It sounds monstrous pretty much everywhere between 2000rpm and its redline of 7200rpm.

While peak power is achieved at 6700-6900rpm, peak torque is table-topping from 2000-6000rpm. Consequently, the GT Black Series delivers head-snapping punch all over the rev range. So, when the transmission gets its gearing wrong coming out of Siberia in fifth instead of third, I don’t bother intervening. The transmission senses our full-throttle approach to the Hayshed anyway, which is for me the second-scariest corner on this track.

There is something innately life-threatening about accelerating towards a corner at full speed, with a vast lake and hayshed looming ahead. Every fiber of my being screams for me to back off, but Sam’s voice – now shouting across the cabin at me – urges a partial lift to shift weight forward and get the nose in before driving the Black hard through and out of the corner.

The Black’s uprated and adjustable coil-over suspension, paired with its heightened aerodynamics (including that massive multi-plane rear wing and extendable front spoiler) allow it to generate four times as much downforce as the GT R Pro at 250km/h. This, combined with super-sticky Michelins, enables us to slice through the corner with ease before hurtling towards the tightening left-hand climb to Lukey Heights.

Incidentally, every GT Black Series comes equipped with two specially made sets of Michelin tires: one soft compound set and one hard. Today I’m running on the softs because this is a sprint race rather than an enduro.

Then it’s time for the Black’s carbon-ceramic brakes to do their thing. On a flat track in a straight line, they bring us from 200km/h to a stop three car lengths sooner than the GT R Pro. Over the crest at Lukey Heights, they briefly trigger ABS as the car goes light before gravity returns and we shed speed so rapidly that my harness stops me from being winded.

Next up is MG corner, followed by an apparently endless left-hander which is actually two corners that lead onto the main straight. This final left-hander is also one of the most nerve-wracking corners on this track because you must commit early by aiming for the apex without an exit in sight; getting a good full-throttle exit onto Gardner Straight is crucial for achieving fast lap times. However, tipping in too early while driving a Black could result in running out of track on the high side at a speed of 230km/h.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Key Details:

The provided text describes the specifications of a car’s engine, power, torque, drive type, transmission, power-to-weight ratio, weight, and acceleration.

  • The car is equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo petrol engine.
  • The engine produces 537 kW of power at 6700-6900rpm and 800 Nm of torque at 2000-6000rpm.
  • The car has rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
  • Its power-to-weight ratio is 330.8 kW/t and its weight (Tare) is 1623 kg.
  • The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds.

The straightaway gives me an opportunity to regulate my breathing and try to memorize some of what I am experiencing. However, the straightaway passes by very swiftly when traveling at 270km/h and still accelerating forcefully. Afterwards, I must focus on reducing speed before maneuvering through Doohan Corner and emerging once again towards the difficult Southern Loop.

It was in the 190-degree Southern Loop where the GT R Black demonstrated its prowess to me. After completing four out of five flying laps, my confidence finally kicked in and I could pay attention to both driving and mentally documenting my experience. The racing line, steering, and pedal inputs were not yet second nature but no longer dominated my primary functions.

Sam’s instructions during our previous laps on the Southern Loop were invaluable. He provided a double-apex approach that kept us straight under brakes on entry before letting the car run wide in the middle. Then, we turned hard at our slowest point to shave another apex on the way out.

This time, we carried more speed than before, and I started to fear that I had overcooked it. Sensing this as we ran wider, Sam leaned over and applied extra lock to the wheel.

I had been pushing the Black’s adhesion to its limits – pushing the tires and car to their maximum potential. However, Sam confidently reefed on a bit more lock, tucking us in even tighter.

This casual gesture was damning evidence that my understanding of the limits of automotive physics is clearly inadequate. When my senses tell me that pushing any harder would lead to disaster, the Black Series, along with a professional race driver, knows that there’s more to be had.

It’s impossible for me to offer a definitive review of such an exceptional machine after taking a Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series onto a racetrack for just five laps. Cars of this caliber are far beyond the ability of mere mortals to comprehend and control. However, if someone like me owned this car, their skills would likely improve over time. But it would take a long time before they outgrew it, if ever.

I would have loved to do another five laps, but even another 50 wouldn’t have been enough for me to truly explore the Black Series’s capabilities.

I could also wish for $800,000 to buy one of these cars, but they’re already sold out. So that too is futile.

If you don’t already have your name down for one of these vehicles and you want one, then you’ll need to be both wealthy and patient enough to wait until one of the 28 lucky Australians puts theirs on the second-hand market. Even then, it’s likely that you’ll need more than the original $800,000 asking price – and not just because this GT Black Series will appreciate in value.

This car will be the last purely petrol-powered AMG supercar. As a result, it will be even more coveted as a collector’s item in the years ahead when electric cars become more prominent.

For now, your best bet is the AMG GT R Pro. Until today, it was Mercedes-AMG’s fastest and most aggressive vehicle. Unfortunately, all of those are sold out as well. However, there is an example listed in classifieds for $699,888 plus government charges.

While buying that car may make you fast, you’ll still have settle for second-best.

Once You Go Black: Three AMG GT Black Series Speed Kings.

The 2021 GT Black Series reigns as the new king of the AMG world, being both the fastest and most powerful road car ever produced by the company.

It outpaces the incredible Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR road car, which was originally built in the late 1990s to win Le Mans 24hr. The race version of this car famously flipped twice at over 300km/h on the Mulsanne Straight. The CLK GTR boasted a 6.9-litre V12 that produced 450kW and 775Nm, achieving a speed of 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

The Black Series also surpasses its predecessor, the previous reigning champion of AMG cars, the AMG GT R Pro. This model features a familiar AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 430kW/700Nm and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in only 3.5 seconds.

The GT Black Series impressively accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, making it one of the fastest two-wheel-drive cars available on the market today. It’s capable of reaching a speed of up to 325km/h and can go from zero to two hundred kilometers per hour in under nine seconds.

For those interested in comparing Nurburgring lap times between these two models, Mercedes-AMG is happy to provide data on professional race driver Maro Engel’s performance during testing. Mr. Engel was able to complete a lap around Nurburgring Nordschleife’s extensive circuit measuring approximately twenty-point-eight kilometers in six minutes and forty-eight seconds while driving a GT Black; his time behind the wheel of a GT R Pro was nearly sixteen seconds slower than that!

That is the fastest time ever recorded by a road car, surpassing the previous record held by Porsche’s 992-series 911 GT2 (6min 59.93sec) by 11 seconds. Mercedes-AMG believes that the Black can achieve an even faster time. The run was performed by Engel during dusk, as shown in this exciting onboard video. Additionally, they assert that the track’s temperature at that moment was only 10 degrees Celsius (while the ambient temperature was seven degrees), which is not ideal for tire performance.

GMG GT Black Series: The Six Best.

Review of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the track.

The GT Black Series has arrived in Australia as the sixth model to receive the “Black Series” treatment, joining the ranks of SLK, CLK, SL, C-Class coupe, and SLS.

  • The GT Black Series has finally arrived in Australia.
  • It is the sixth model to receive the esteemed “Black Series” treatment.
  • The previous models include SLK, CLK, SL, C-Class coupe, and SLS.

For Mercedes-AMG, the Black Series moniker represents the pinnacle of performance. Every aspect of these vehicles is meticulously fine-tuned to provide maximum speed on a racetrack while still being street legal.

Mercedes-AMG does not adhere to a fixed launch or release schedule for their Black Series models. Instead, they bestow this prestigious badge upon a donor car that is reaching the end of its production cycle. This approach ensures that every Black Series iteration serves as a fitting swan song for its respective model.

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