The AMG V8 powerplant produced by Mercedes Benz-AMG has developed a strong global following. It may have taken years but fans far and wide have lauded it for its charm and charisma with its distinctly AMG soundtrack. The engine’s ability to produce respectable figures regardless of its application has also stood it in good steed

It is a known fact that the engine has evolved over the years, seeing some minor updates here and there but with its fundamentals remaining the same. The biggest change came when its displacement was narrowed down from a 6.0-litre to a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. It’s still arguably the most prominent engine in the company’s sports catalogue.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the latest and most powerful vehicle to come out of Affalterbach. This untamedversion of the AMG GT looks like serious business with countless body enhancements from front to rear.  You can be certain that functionality triumphed aesthetics when the boys in white lab coats were designing this Black Series. Active aerodynamics was the goal with every wing, duct and splitter on the Benz. Its wind-cheating design is borrowed from the AMG GT3 racing car.

Beneath the bonnet lies the proven 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 from the company, this time with some sorcery applied to it. It sets a new benchmark as brands most powerful V8 AMG to date, and what better vehicle than the new GT Black Series to premier the freshly developed M178 V8 engine, sporting some tweaks to the crankshaft and other bits for more potency. The dark GT will produce 537 kW and 800 Nm, laying it all on the tarmac through an AMG 7-speed dual-clutch transmission adapted to handle the vehicles high torque. This is enough to see the GT move from standstill to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds and breach the 200km/h mark in under 9 seconds. It all culminates at 325 km/h.

Thus far, just everything we’ve seen with  Black Series credentials has eventually made it into the “collector’s item” category. Even though the GT Black Series is built for the track (as were many before it), it is likely to end up as one of the scarce and coveted models from Mercedes Benz-AMG.

By Gugu Masuku