2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series to be fastest accelerating AMG yet

The upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will be the fastest accelerating AMG car yet, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers.

The future range-topping coupé will only be beaten by the limited-run AMG One hypercar when it arrives in mid-2020, the AMG chief confirmed to Autocar at the New York motor show.

First confirmed back in 2016 by Moers, the Black Series is now under development and mooted to receive AMG’s turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine in a state of tune offering at least 630bhp.

This is the figure offered by the current most powerful AMG model with that unit, the GT 4-door Coupé. Any growth on that would ensure the Black Series dwarfs the peak output offered by the current GT champions, the 577bhp GT R and GT R Pro (pictured). It would also edge it towards one of the category’s most radical supercars, the 690bhp Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

The GT Black Series’ extra grunt will be accompanied by a more focused chassis and aerodynamic set-up, which may go even further than the track-focused GT R Pro launched at last year’s Los Angeles motor show. That car was designed with uprated suspension and aero upgrades, but received no extra power over the regular GT R.

Such a setup should ensure the GT Black Series tips the scales at around 1575kg, in line or slightly less than the GT R Pro. 

The 2020 arrival of the GT Black Series will mark a return for AMG’s most extreme moniker after a seven year hiatus. The last Black Series model was based on the SLS and entered production in 2013.