An even more potent version of the Mercedes-AMG GT R has been caught on camera, complete with aggressive body kit and large rear wing
Mercedes looks set to launch a Black Series version of its AMG GT R. Drawing inspiration from the AMG GT GT3 racer, the new car will follow on from the 2013 SLS Black Series as a faster, lighter, track-focussed version of the standard car. We expect that the new car will be revealed at the end of the year before going on sale in limited numbers in 2020.
Styling revisions over the standard Mercedes-AMG GT R include an aggressive front splitter, canards, a vented bonnet, deeper side skirts, a reworked diffuser, a quad-tipped titanium exhaust system and an enormous, manually adjustable rear wing. The production car will also receive a set of wider alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
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From what we can glean from these spy shots, the GT R Black Series will feature a set of larger diameter vented and drilled disc brakes, with six-piston calipers for the front axle and four-piston calipers for the rear. We expect that the suspension system will also be lowered by a few millimetres, with stiffer springs and slightly more camber for the front wheels.
It’ll be powered by a re-tuned version of the GT R Pro’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine which, like the SLS Black Series’ engine, should feature forged internals, new camshafts and a new engine management system. We also expect that the GT R Black Series will feature a fresh pair of turbochargers and new intake system.
The SLS Black Series’ naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine had a power output of 622bhp, so it’s reasonable to assume that the GT R Black Series will produce more than 650bhp – a considerable increase over the AMG GT R Pro’s 573bhp. Torque is unlikely to increase over the GT R Pro’s figure of 700Nm.
The AMG GT R Black Series’ interior is likely to be largely similar to the AMG GT R Pro’s, with a pair of heavily bolstered, carbon-fibre-backed bucket seats and a sports steering wheel. As with the GT R Pro, Mercedes-AMG’s track package will likely be offered as an optional extra, adding a full roll-cage, a safety harness and a fire extinguisher.
As is traditional with Mercedes Black Series models, this highly-tuned GT R is likely to mark the end of the coupe’s lifespan. We expect it to remain in production until 2022 before being replaced by a new, potentially all-electric, flagship performance coupe.
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