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For those who desire the ultimate in AMG performance, few models can match the exclusivity, rarity, and track-optimized performance of the AMG Black Series models. AMG's most extroverted sibling, since 2006, the Black Series is noted for being uncompromisingly sporty. The expressive design reflects the most direct technology transfer from motorsport to series production.

Black Series models are exclusive automotive rarities. While street-legal, these cars appeal to collectors looking to put them through their fast paces on racetracks. Thus far, only five unique models have worn the distinctive Black Series badge. These include

the SLK 55 Black Series, the CLK 63 Black Series, the SL 65 Black Series, the C 63 Black Series, and the SLS AMG Black Series. Debuting this past July, the Mercedes AMG GT Black Series features the most potent Mercedes-AMG V8 series engine of all time.

"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.

Although the new GT Black Series engine is based on the AMG 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo with dry-sump lubrication, it has been given a 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. By comparison, the GT-R comes with an impressive 585 HP.

The Black Series shoots from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.1 seconds and 124 mph in under nine seconds. The top speed is 202 MPH. Power transfers to the rear wheels via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission 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.

These modifications contribute to new and unique characteristics. Not only are the accelerator and engine response more agile - the drive programs, start-up characteristics, and gear changes are, too. Increased starting revs, more sensitive wheel slip control, and high-performance tires fit for the racetrack make the Race Start function even more impressive.

The similarity to the AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 racing cars is visually and technically more substantial than ever. A significantly larger radiator air inlet stems directly from the AMG GT3 racing car. The new carbon-fiber hood has two large exhaust air outlets made from black finished carbon-fiber surfaces. The new rear bumper characterizes the rearview with a large diffuser, two rounded twintailpipe trims on the outside left and right, side wheel arch ventilation, and an innovative rear spoiler design.

Getting your hands on the most powerful, technologically advanced, and fastest front-engined supercar produced by AMG comes at a cost, $391,500 to be exact. sl

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