Latest Version of AMG GT gets 720 horsepower
Race-inspired styling and aero
0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds
We can’t recall a manufacturer that has a penchant for one-upping itself more than Mercedes-AMG has done with the GT series of sport cars. From the original AMG GT Coupé to the latest GT R Sport, it’s a model that seems to have gone through as many evolutions during its five-year lifespan.
And now, there’s another one and it has enough under its hood to earn the “most powerful AMG V8 engine” of all-time label. More than that, it gets a flat-plane crank – think Shelby GT350 or any number of race cars – as well as its turbos nestled within the vee for smoother power delivery while keeping rotational speeds low. The result? 720 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque fed through the rear wheels via seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and carbon driveshaft and torque tube. Indeed, there’s a lot of carbon fibre here as it graces the roof, tailgate, aero additions, and shear panels under the engine, the mid-body and the rear.
Supplementing all that is a revised exhaust system, larger intercoolers and larger compressor wheels for the turbochargers. It all adds up to a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 325 km/h. Which, as Mercedes warns in the press release, should only be attempted on “cordoned-off racetracks.”
Designed for the track
Speaking of the racetrack: the AMG GT’s many versions includes proper FIA-certified race cars and Mercedes-AMG has turned to that parts bin for this latest version of the car. If the front grille looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen it on the race car because it comes directly from the racer as more cooling was required for this new ultra-bonkers engine. There’s also an adjustable carbon front splitter up there, to ensure ease-of-use around town off the track, and good performance on it.
It should come as no surprise that the massive rear wing has also been tailored for various applications; it’s a two-stage aerofoil whose upper blade can be adjusted from flat to 20-degrees to suit the application. That wing, plus all the other various aerodynamic addenda combine to proved over 400 kilos of downforce if the driver manages to crest the 250 km/h mark (155 mph). Which, considering that top speed, should not be too hard to do…
Of course, aero is nice but that only forms part of the equation when it comes to a car’s performance and handling; the chassis needs to be able to keep pace as well and so it goes that a number of additions have been made in that department.
The Black gets the same electronically-adjustable coil-over suspension as does the GT R, backed up by new, motorsport-derived dual-valve adaptive dampers at all four corners. There are three suspension modes, including “Sport” and “Sport Plus” (seems obvious) as well as “Comfort”, for those who really do want to enjoy the drive to and from the track as well as the experience while on it.
Inside, as is the case with many track specials such as this, the GT Black has gone on a diet; the door panels are lighter, the door pulls are fabric a la Porsche 911 GT2 RS and – surprise, surprise – there’s carbon fibre everywhere. If you live in Canada, though, and are hoping to get the roll cage and carbon seats to get that “full race experience”, you’re out of luck as those features – as well as a fire extinguisher, because why not – are not available in Canadian markets.
No pricing has been announced but considering the GT R starts at over $ 190,000 in Canada and $162,900 in the US, well, you can do the math.