Bernd Schneider is a record holder in the DTM and currently an advisor at AMG. “Set the shock absorbers to Sport + and switch off the ESP, then it drives best,” he advises. Yes say. It’s easy to talk to, but we mere mortals don’t drive a 730 horsepower sports car that costs more than four tons every day. It’s great that he has so much confidence in us, but we decide to drive our first lap over the Lausitzring with all assistance systems switched on.
Major changes to the Mercedes-AMG GT
In every era of automotive history, cars have been built that further stretch the physical limits of what is possible. But the effort AMG has put into making the AMG-GT Black Series a merciless, corner-devouring track car is almost unreal. The appearance alone shows that the Black Series is not a car for a relaxed ride.
At the front it has a huge air grille with vertical bars, and a retractable carbon fiber spoiler underneath. Cooling openings are also provided in the hood. The rear spoiler has two layers and can be adjusted electrically and manually. The Black Series looks like it could start right away in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it’s completely street legal.
The changes under the carbon hood are even more drastic. As in the GT3 racing version, the cooling elements are positioned diagonally. The cool air that flows in through the wide-open mouth is directed upwards and discharged through the air openings in the hood over the sheet metal, towards the rear spoiler. This results in better aerodynamics. Downforce cannot be replaced by anything on the track, except by even more downforce.
The technical changes to the 4.0 liter V8 are just as drastic. So he got two new turbos. Most important, however, is the flat planecrankshaft, with the crank pins at an angle of 180 degrees to each other. In normal V8 engines, this angle is 90 degrees. Advantages of the new crankshaft: it can handle even higher revs and reacts even faster to the accelerator. These are essential properties for a sports bike. The technical data promises otherworldly performance: 730 hp at 6700 rpm, and a maximum torque of 800 Nm, which is already available at 2000 rpm. It will become clear in a few moments what primeval violence this will lead to, when the Black Series rolls out the pit lane and we can go wild.
Dizzying rounds in the Black Series
The Black Series only weighs 1540 kilos. Its weight may be modest, but the engine noise is by no means. Even the standard particle filter cannot mute the sounds. The sound is different than you are used to from a V8: not the characteristic dark hammer that makes it look like a thunderstorm is coming, but more of a hellish screech that penetrates through your helmet to your eardrums. The hairs on your forearms are permanently standing on end.
However, there is no time to dwell on this spectacle too much: you have to work. The Black Series rushes towards the first corner combination at a dizzying pace. When braking, the Mercedes knows how to surprise again: it is inconceivable how much delay the human body can handle without the intestines changing places.
At the same time, the word limit range does not seem to exist for the Black Series. Even without the experience of over 200 DTM races, you will gain confidence in your own skills lap after lap. For a super sports car of this caliber, this is really not so obvious. We brake later and later when another bend appears. There is no understeer when entering the corner and even if you brake hard at high speed, you can keep following the ideal line – the rear doesn’t seem to break out.
The mechanical grip is great. The Michelin semislicks specially made for this car form a perfect symbiosis with the asphalt and, together with the electronically controlled magnetic ride suspension and adjustable coil springs, ensure cornering speeds that you feel are higher than those of the wildest roller coaster in Walibi Holland. In addition, the car always communicates honestly with the driver and the feedback is crystal clear. Even if traction slows out of the corner at full throttle and the car threatens to throw its bulky butt against the groyne, there’s no need to panic. You make a small steering correction, after which the GT recovers and sets off unaffected for the next corner.
After 25 laps on the demanding Lausitzring I squeeze out of the cramped bucket seat, exhausted, but extremely satisfied. My euphoric thought: the car is intact and Bernd Schneider was right! For those who want such a Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, we have good and bad news. To start with the latter: it costs almost 420,000 euros (Belgium: more than 340,000 euros). But the edition is not limited, so that you have some time to think and to save for a change.
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