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Mercedes To Unveil AMG GT Black Series With New Twin-Turbo V8 In Mid-2020

Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO; designo iridiumsilber magno; Leder Exklusiv Nappa / Mikrofaser DINAMICA schwarz mit Kontrastziernaht graphitgrau;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,4 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 284 g/km*

Mercedes will reveal their ultimate sports car, the AMG GT R Black Series, in mid-2020. And it will have a brand new motor.

Although that motor still sounds an awful lot like the current one.

We last heard of the upcoming Black Series GT R last year with the release of the GT R Pro. Only the best of the best at AMG wear the Black Series moniker, and the best GT R was rumored to produce even more power than the GT R Pro’s 585 horses.

As a reminder, the regular GT R has a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 577 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 198 mph.

Speaking to Wheels Magazine on the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show, AMG head Tobias Moers said that the Black Series GT R will have a totally new V8 engine that is a "momentous step up from GT R Pro.”

Moers went on to say it’s still a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 that uses the same block as the regular GT, "but it's a different engine.” No details beyond that were provided, other than to add it was "not a typical AMG V8.” Wheels took that to mean that there would be various mechanical improvements, and Moers further added that there would be no electrification with Mercedes’ EQ Boost technology.

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Rumors point to an output of around 690 horsepower, which would catapult the GT R Black Series to the same realm as the McLaren 720S, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO; designo iridiumsilber magno; Leder Exklusiv Nappa / Mikrofaser DINAMICA schwarz mit Kontrastziernaht graphitgrau;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,4 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 284 g/km*
via Mercedes

Along with the greater power, the Black Series would also employ various aero tweaks likely derived from the GT R Pro, including new suspension, active aerodynamic elements, and a larger rear wing. Moers said that the AMG One--Mercedes' upcoming hypercar--also contributed with some tire technology.

Expect to see the GT R Black Series sometime in the middle of 2020. Moers has already tested the production model, so it’s closer to finished than not.

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