Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury | Lot 32
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
$525,000 - $625,000 USD
€450,000 - €550,000 EUR
£380,000 - £455,000 GBP
| Las Vegas, Nevada
24 October 2021
- 12% of the hammer price up to and including $250,000
- 10% of the hammer price in excess of $250,000
- The newest incarnation of the revered Black Series badge; the ultimate road-going GT example from Mercedes-AMG
- Finished in exclusive AMG Magma Beam over black Nappa leather
- One of just 371 US-market examples believed to have been produced
- Highly developed 730 hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 “M178 LS2” engine; retuned seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT
- Extensive utilization of parts and technologies from the Mercedes-AMG Touring Car program
- Just 22 miles indicated at time of cataloguing
The 2015 launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT continued the brand’s sales and development momentum, which was initially set into motion by the SLS AMG model introduced in 2011. In 2016, Mercedes-AMG released GT3 and GT4 Touring Car versions to privateer racing teams. Now, five years of racing developments have birthed the ultimate road-going example of the model: The brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
A TOURING CAR FOR THE ROAD
The drama of the GT Black Series is immediately apparent. The design’s gaping front fascia has been cribbed from the GT3, channeling fresh air directly to the radiators via an isolated intake channel. An adjustable carbon fiber front splitter can deploy from the bumper in moments, thereby maximizing the on-track effectiveness of the Venturi phenomenon for massive improvements in downforce. The Black Series’ bonnet is composed of carbon fiber, as are the roof and tailgate; the cabin glass is also of a thinner specification than the standard GT.
The car’s widened fenders feature GT3-inspired gills and rear slats that vent pressurized air channeled by the car’s suite of underbody curtains, diffusers, and sealed panel joints. The wheel wells feature a network of cooling ducts for the massive carbon-ceramic brakes, which have been cleverly integrated into the side skirts and rear diffuser. Being a road car, the GT Black Series could not make use of the GT3’s active rear wing. Instead, the Black Series’ exclusive rear wing design has retained the same surface area of the GT3 design but distributed it over an ingenious two-tier structure that is cantilevered over the rear tailgate. A retuned set of adjustable coilovers and carbon fiber chassis reinforcements throughout all provide superior rigidity across the coupe’s 104-inch wheelbase.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the ultimate GT not simply because of its repertoire of new features harvested from the GT3 Touring Car. At its heart lies the new M178 LS2 engine, which has been exclusively developed for use in this model. This reconfigured 4.0-liter V-8 is constructed around a flat-plane crankshaft; AMG literature states that the new firing order greatly improves thermal dynamics and throttle response. The pair of twin-scroll turbochargers have also been enlarged over previous iterations of the M178 blueprint, and they operate at a “normal” boost setting of 25 PSI.
All told, the GT Black Series’ exclusive new powerplant is factory-rated at an astounding 730 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT with gear ratios optimized for rapid acceleration over top speed. Zero to 60 mph takes just three seconds, with 125 mph arriving just six seconds later en route to a reported top speed over 200 mph. Notwithstanding the model’s outrageously technical exterior aerodynamics, its completely unique powertrain offers equally startling performance.
A MOST EXCLUSIVE GT FOR STREET OR CIRCUIT
This GT Black Series is clad in the model’s official “launch” color of AMG Magma Beam over a black Nappa leather cockpit with orange stitching. Unofficial figures suggest that this particular chassis is one of just 371 GT Black Series examples believed to have been produced for the US market, of which 105 are clad in this color.
The accompanying window sticker shows that it was delivered new to Mercedes-Benz Northbrook of Northbrook, Illinois and specified with several desirable features including carbon fiber trim, illuminated door sills, Keyless GO, Burmester premium surround sound system, and staggered 10-spoke AMG wheels finished in black. Additional features include the touchpad infotainment unit and Lane Tracking package, which also adds blind spot detection to this example’s suite of optional equipment. The car shows just 22 miles indicated at time of cataloguing.
Approved for road use (unlike the GT3 and GT4 models) and supremely qualified for regular track use, the GT Black Series is an intimidating and versatile grand tourer not to be trifled with. With its extremely limited production and astounding development costs, this is a very exclusive AMG offering which has almost immediately entered the “extremely collectible” segment of late-model sports cars.