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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series first drive review: Wolf in wolf’s clothing Steven Ewing July 2, 2021
It’s a disgustingly hot day in Florida, but the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series isn’t breaking a sweat. This thing looks like it’s come straight out of hell, all snarly and bulgy, ready to beat me up and take my lunch money. So you’ll forgive my brief moment of intimidation while approaching the Magmabeam orange coupe, the phrases “most powerful AMG V8 ever” and “there are only two of these in the country right now” echoing in my head. Black Series or not, the AMG GT is a total brute. And with 720 horsepower and some absolutely insane aero, this one’s… well, it’s a doozy. AMG redesigned the GT’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 for the Black Series, adopting a flat-plane crankshaft design that results in smoother, stronger power delivery, not to mention a superbly sonorous soundtrack. The Black Series barks and burbles like any other GT, but the increase in aural quality comes down to refinement. You can play one of my lousy high school rock band’s demo tapes just as loud as a record professionally engineered by Steve Albini, but only one of them’s going to make it to the radio. In addition to 720 hp, the 4.0-liter V8 puts out 590 pound-feet of torque. All that power shoves its way to the rear wheels via AMG’s Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the GT Black Series to hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds — 0.4 seconds quicker than the not-a-slouch AMG GT R . More impressively, the Black Series can hit 124 mph in under 9 seconds, and if you’ve got an autobahn or airstrip long enough, it’ll top out at 202 mph. Continue Reading
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