With the most influential AMG V8 series engine of all time, the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (combined fuel consumption 12.8 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 292 g/km), have come up with the most expressive design.  The Affalterbach designers have dragged all the stops when it comes to the art of vehicle design.  Perfectly embodying the Brand’s rich tradition in motorsport, the new super sports car offers an output of 537 kW (730 hp) from a V8 engine with a ‘flat’ crankshaft, united with active aerodynamics directly from the current AMG GT3 racing car.

At Mercedes-AMG, the Black Series represents a new highlight in this tradition and is known to be the most powerful with a V8 series engine.  It can thus be independently adapted to the special conditions of various racetracks in a more adaptable way than ever before.  To emphasis, the redefinition of the super sports car, the engine expertise in Affalterbach have once again expansively developed the tried-and-tested 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo unit.  This is to signify more power than the previous flagship model of the AMG GT family, a radical change that was desired in the form of a new ‘flat’ crankshaft.

The design of a V8 engine influences the characteristics of the engine.  There are generally two variants in V8 engines: the cross plane; where the crankpins of the four pairs of cylinders are at 90-degree angles to each other or the flat crankshaft; where all crankpins are on the same plane with a 180-degree offset.  Therefore, if you look at the front of a cross-plane crankshaft, you will identify the cross that gives it its name.  The benefits of these are superb and high torque at low rotational speeds.  To make the best use of the displacement, the AMG engineers have essentially moved the exhaust side into the hot internal V of the two cylinder banks in the V8 engine.

The most powerful V8 series engine

The new GT Black Series engine is built on the AMG 4.0-litre V8 Biturbo engine with dry sump Lubrication.  It achieves 537 kW (730 hp) at 6700-6900 rpm and brings a maximum torque of 800 Nm at 2000-6000 pm.  Both twin-scroll exhaust turbochargers are attached in anti-friction bearings, which optimizes their throttle response even further.

However, the turbochargers have been given a larger compressor wheel, meaning that

Both can supply a total of 1100 kg air per hour.  By way of comparison: the larger intercoolers guarantee that they always keep the charge-air temperature within the best possible range.

0-200 km/h under nine seconds

The engine enables highly impressive driving performance: the two-door vehicle shoots from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in under nine seconds.  The top speed is 325 km/h, although only on cordoned-off racetracks.

Technical data at a glance

 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
Engine4.0-litre twin-turbo V8
Displacement3982 cc
Output537 kW (730 hp) at 6700-6900 rpm
Peak torque800 Nm at 2000-6000 rpm
Drive system layoutRear-wheel drive
Combined fuel consumption12.8 l/100 km*
Combined CO2 emissions292 g/km
Efficiency classG
Acceleration 0-100 km/h3.2 s
Top speed325 km/h

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series fact sheet

Driving performances

  • 0-litre V8 Biturbo engine with dry-sump lubrication, identification code M178 LS2
  • 537 kW/730 hp max. Output at 6700-6900 pm
  • 800 Nm max. Torque at 2000-6000 pm
  • Vmax 325 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h 3.2 s
  • 0-200 km/h in under 9.0 s
  • Engine has a new ‘flat’ and a lighter crankshaft with crankpins on one plane – characteristics of an adamant sports engine
  • With 180-degree crankshaft angle offset: 1-8-2-7-4-5-3-6
  • Advantage: more homogeneous combustion in all cylinders, more agile throttle response
  • Fresh camshafts and exhaust manifolds
  • Strengthened AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission for sophisticated torque
  • Twin-pipe exhaust system prepared of thin-walled stainless steel


  • New, larger radiator trim (inspired by GT3 racing car) with vertical struts in dark chrome
  • New, larger front apron with manually adjustable front splitter, with front diffuser in carbon fiber
  • New carbon-fiber bonnet with two air outlets and visible carbon-fiber surfaces
  • New carbon-fiber front wings with integrated louvers in the body-color
  • Lightweight carbon-fiber roof with recessed center
  • New, larger side sill panels with carbon-fiber elements
  • Black painted carbon-fiber tailgate with small spoiler lip and larger rear windscreen
  • Windscreen in a thin glass
  • New rear apron with visible carbon-fiber elements, double diffuser, and two-rounded tailpipe trim elements on the outside left and right, and side-wheel arch ventilators
  • New, two-piece carbon-fiber rear aero foil with supports in matt black painted carbon fiber, bolted to the carbon-fiber tailgate. The extra electric flap can be adjusted automatically or manually by means of a button
  • AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in matt black, including rim flange with a high-sheen finish
  • Exclusive AMG magma beam paintwork


  • Specific interior in Exclusive Nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber in black with orange contrasting topstitching and matt black carbon-fiber trim
  • Standard light AMG carbon-fiber bucket seats with orange contrasting topstitching (standard in the USA, Canada, and China. Performance seats are available as an option in all other markets.)
  • AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfiber with AMG steering wheel buttons and badge
  • Lightweight door panels in DINAMICA microfiber and loop pull handles
  • Instrument panel in DINAMICA microfiber
  • Voluntary AMG Track Package with lightweight titanium roll-over protection and additional four-point seatbelts and 2 kg fire extinguisher


  • AMG coil-over suspension with AMG RIDE CONTROL adaptive adjustable damping
  • Physically adjustable camber on the front and rear axle
  • Manually adjustable anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle
  • AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system with black brake calipers and white lettering, motorsport brake pads, and discs, optimized for fade resistance and temperature stability

Body shell stiffness

  • Carbon-fiber sheer panels in a front section combined with a lightweight integral carrier and carbon-fiber tunnel cross
  • Carbon-fiber shear panels in underbody at rear

Material mix

  • Aluminum lightweight integral carrier at the front axle
  • Carbon-fiber driveshaft
  • Aluminum instrument panel
  • Carbon-fiber tailgate and coiled carbon-fiber transmission mount
  • Carbon-fiber bonnet
  • Carbon-fiber anti-roll bar on the rear axle
  • Thin glass for the front and rear screens


  • High downforce and perfect aero balance to increase lively driving properties
  • Aerodynamic measures combined into body shell for lower air resistance and augmented downforce
  • No separate inlets for wheel arch coolers (coolers are fed with air via enlarged main air inlet)
  • Front diffuser has two manually adjustable settings: Street and Race
  • Wheel arch ventilation to increase the downforce
  • Cohesive cool air ducts in the side member paneling for brake cooling at the rear axle
  • Largely underbody paneling with longitudinal fins and rear diffuser upsurge the negative pressure on the underbody. The measures interact with the new rear aerofoil concept
  • The large twin-pipe exhaust outlets in the bonnet not only discharge but also direct the air precisely past the A-pillars – allowing an optimum flow of air to the rear aerofoil
  • Double rear aero foil with large upper blade and smaller lower blade
  • Both rear aero foil blades are mechanically adjustable
  • Flap on upper rear aero foil blade adjustable by 20 degrees – automatically or manually by button, depending on the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive program and corresponding AMG DYNAMICS position
Siddhika Prajapati

Siddhika Prajapati

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