Spy Shots: Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series

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This wild-looking Mercedes-AMG GT R was seen undergoing testing, fuelling rumours that the Black Series name is going to make a comeback.

Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

If the Mercedes-AMG GT R and Pro were too tame for you, then perhaps this is more your thing? Our spy photographers snapped this winged monster on the Nurburgring and suggest that its a Black Series prototype. 

What you're looking at here is something very extreme, with a hardcore aerodynamic package fitted. The massive rear spoiler looks reminiscent of a GT race car and there are plenty of intakes all over the bodywork, indicating that the motor will need all the cooling it can get. While official powertrain details are scarce, we can only assume that this road-legal weapon will pack an enhanced version of the twin-turbo V8 that currently does duty. When the GT R was revealed back in 2016, it produced a whopping 430 kW and 700 Nm with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sending all of it to the rear wheels. A 0-100 kph claim of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318 kph were the figures thrown about. 

If this is indeed the Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series, it's going to need a power boost to do justice to the illustrious name. We do know the 4.0-litre turbo V8 is capable of big number as the E63 S punches out 450 kW and 850 Nm, so there's no issue of sourcing a potent enough motor. We think the issue here will be drivability. The SL65 AMG Black Series was a wild child, preferring to light up its tyres instead of forward progress and many critics said it was a proper handful. The thing about car manufacturers is they rarely make the same mistake twice, so if this is indeed the GT R Black Series, it should retain some drivability as well as deliver fearsome performance. With such a prominent aerodynamics package fitted, the AMG GT R should be a bit more stable. 

Watch this space, this could be the most hardcore road-legal AMG supercar in history!

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