The Mercedes-AMG GT series was launched in 2014 as a worthy successor to the venerable SLS AMG. Over the years, the AMG GT has proven to be one of the best cars from the German automaker and has won over people’s hearts & minds all over the world. However, we knew how capable the AMG GT is, and it was only a matter of time before it went a step further.
The legendary Black Series is still alive, and in its most modern guise, it has just achieved something amazing. Ladies and gentlemen, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has just become the fastest production car to lap the infamous Nurburgring! It went around the ‘ring in 6:48.047 minutes – a full 1.3 seconds quicker than a fricking Lamborghini Aventador SVJ!
Affalterbach has given all it has got into making this fantastically challenging task possible. The journey begins with the specially-tuned and hand-built engine of the AMG GT Black Series. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 now churns out an incredible 720hp along with 800Nm of torque at the rear wheels. Yes, this is still a rear-wheel-drive car. The Black Series also adds a modified version of AMG’s already snappy 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to take the brunt of that engine’s immense oomph. The result of all this is naught to 100 kmph acceleration time of just 3.2 seconds and a top whack of 325 kmph.
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AMG obviously went beyond just plonking a nuclear-plant of an engine in the GT Black Series. Moreover, there are now stiffer springs, larger and more potent brakes, stickier tires, lowered ride height, more air-flow management hardware, quicker steering, amped-up engine cooling, and lubrication other things. Oh, let us not forget who drove this insanely brutish car around that insanely competitive track. It was none other than Maro Engel, who is a racing driver for Mercedes-AMG’s GT3 racing car. Clearly, he had the requisite experience and know-how to pilot the AMG GT Black Series around the Nurburgring.
Maro Engel said this about his experience behind the wheel of the GT Black Series, “That was a really impressive ride. With speeds of up to almost 270 km/h in the Kesselchen section of the track or well over 300 km/h on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car. To finally drive around the Nordschleife in 6:48.047 minutes with a production road car in these track conditions is really awesome. Like my GT3 race car, the AMG GT Black Series offers a lot of adjustment possibilities, all of which enabled me to create a setup that was tailor-made for me.”
Unlike others who claim top-speed runs and get into a pickle later, Mercedes-AMG has thought about it in advance. They had independent experts from a firm called wige Solutions to measure and judge the lap times before confirming the record. It remains to be seen how long this new record will stand before being shattered by the Nurburgring’s next champion. But for now, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the king of the hill.
And guess what? If you were to buy the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, you could theoretically achieve the same lap time as a racing driver. Then again, to even remotely accomplish that, you will require immense talent (plus bravado) and upwards of $400,000 (Rs 2.96 crore).