The six Mercedes-AMG Black Series models deliver over 3,000 horsepower combined
Black Series models got progressively more insane over the years
Less than 2,500 Black Series models were built in 15 years
If one were so inclined to argue through the night, one could make the argument that Mercedes-AMG Black Series models are the most exclusive performance cars ever built.
Only passionate car nuts have really heard about Mercedes-AMG Black Series cars, and even then it’s hard to find a true experts on the limited run of insane AMG vehicles.
The latest model to roar to life, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, symbolizes everything about the Black Series. It has a massive wing, ridiculous horsepower, looks like it was meant for a racing circuit not the road, and it will be built in extremely limited quantities.
In actuality, the AMG GT Black Series is a far cry from past models. Previous Black Series models were much more subtle and you really needed to know your stuff to recognize one on the road. But it’s hard to argue that they were not all stunning, each and every one of them. And if you got your hands on one, it was a sound investment.
The Black Series line was born in 2006 when AMG decided they needed more exclusive, low-production models that would surpass what the public could buy in any old Mercedes-Benz dealership.
Here’s a look back at the 15 years of Black Series and the over 3,000 horsepower the mad scientists at AMG created.
Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG 55 Black Series – 120 Units
Based of off a limited run of SLK Tracksport models, the SLK 55 Black Series was introduced for track use as well, but it could be used on the wheel. It was powered by a 5.5-litre V8 engine that delivered 400 horsepower.
The big change which would become a theme and distinctive element of the Black Series was that the SLK lost its removable hard top. The new carbon fiber fixed roof reduced the centre of gravity and improved handling as a result.
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series
The CLK 63 AMG Black Series was launched with a 6.2-litre V8 that produced 500 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Its design was strongly influenced by the CLK DTM car and a massive wing was its most distinctive feature.
700 units were built starting in 2008. The CLK 63 AMG Black Series came with adjustable coil-springs, a wide body kit with a widened front and rear track, and extra bracing in the back that sat where the rear seats would have been on lesser CLK cars.
Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
Perhaps the most distinctive Black Series model, the SL 65 AMG Black Series even caught the eye of Alex Ovechkin who sold his a few years ago for more than he paid for it. The SL 65 AMG Black Series was the first model to feature a V12 engine and still the only Black Series with 12 cylinders. And not just any V12. It was a biturbo unit that delivered 661 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
No wonder the SL 65 AMG Black Series is known for being unruly and difficult to control. It’s a car you need to respect if you can get your hands on one of the 350 units produced in 2009.
Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series
As you probably imagined, this was and still is the most powerful C-Class ever built. It had a 6.3-litre V8 that produced 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.
Like all Black Series models, it was wider, more aggressive, and immediately noticeable. It had a coil-over suspension and a composite braking system. Only 800 units were built.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
No more than 200 units of the SLS AMG Black Series made it to North America. Powered by a 6.3-litre V8 with 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque, the SLS AMG Black Series was inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car and looked like it as well.
It featured a 5.49 pound-per-horsepower ratio, making it ridiculously fast and nimble.
Which leaves us now with the recently introduced Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
It looks like a Black Series model and will go like an AMG Black Series model thanks to the most powerful V8 ever built by Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach. It sends 720 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch. It can reach 100 km/h (97 mph) in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).