2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Targets a Higher Realm

Porsche's 911 proves it's possible to have your engine in the wrong place and still compete with mid-engine sports cars. AMG does the same thing with the GT, but its front-engine layout isn't nearly as unconventional as the 911's rear-engine pendulum. With a V-8 up front and tucked behind the axle line, the GT is far less offensive to Newton's laws. While most AMG GTs cost less than $200,000 and compete with a mix of front-, rear-, and mid-engine cars, the new $400,000 Black Series version is vying for buyers in a class where a jewel-cased engine between the driver and the rear wheels is the norm.

The GT Black Series will be the top Benz in terms of performance until the much-delayed AMG One arrives. It's the brand's most powerful road car, and the Black Series brandingis a sort of AMG equivalent to a 30-year-old single malt. The AMG GT R is a potent machine, but the Black Series treatment moves this GT closer to the performance level of the GT3 racer.

Although no exact U.S. pricing for the Black Series have been confirmed yet, but considering what AMG charges in Europe we can expect it to break new ground for both the brand and front-engine sports cars. When the GT makes it across the Atlantic, it might be pushing $400,000. That's more than the considerably quicker McLaren 765LT and about twice as much as the GT R Pro that sits beneath it in the AMG hierarchy. The Black Series is definitely a special car.



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