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Old 09-26-2018, 11:26 AM
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Highs:
  • Responsive chassis
  • Striking style inside and out
  • Brutal power and volume
  • Supple ride
  • Monoblock wheels are back!
Lows:
  • Dark, low-visibility rear cabin

For the last few years, Mercedes-Benz has put a great deal of effort and resources into the development of its in-house performance division, AMG. No longer tasked with simply enhancing Mercedes-Benz models, Mercedes-AMG now builds production vehicles from the ground up with an emphasis on track-capable performance.

Following in the footsteps of the SLS AMG and Mercedes-AMG GT, the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is the third AMG vehicle designed and engineered entirely in-house. With this level of creative control, Mercedes-AMG says it’s endowed the GT 53, 63, and 63 S 4-Door Coupe with true sports car driving dynamics — at no cost to daily driving comfort. Pricing information has not yet been disclosed, but the GT 4-Door will compete directly with Porsche’s Panamera, which ranges from $85,000 to $185,000.

Our first drive of the low-slung four-seater takes us to the twisty back roads around Austin, Texas, and to the Circuit of the Americas which welcomes the annual American Grand Prix. Will the GT 4-Door be too fierce for the family, too tame for the track, or snugly in between?

Though the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe doesn’t receive Mercedes-Benz’s latest infotainment tech, MBUX, its twin 12.3-inch displays and COMAND module are still dazzling. The high-quality glass displays appear as one seamless widescreen but split content right above the start/stop button. The driver’s display is viewed in one of three orientations: classic, sport, or supersport (which centers the tachometer). Touch controls on the steering wheel, which swipe like a smartphone, customize information on the instrument cluster. An 8.0-inch head-up display is available to complement the large digital monitors.

A track pad with haptic feedback and a set of brushed metal toggles on the dash control the center screen, which displays navigation, media, climate control, and other common functions. COMAND still isn’t the most intuitive system on the market, but it’s no longer frustrating to use thanks to faster response times and a more logical menu structure. Multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all part of the package.

Mercedes-AMG’s full suite of active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are available.

There’s no such thing as a slow GT 4-Door Coupe, but the range does graduate from simply “fast” to viciously so depending on your chosen spec.

GT 53 models embrace a turbocharged, 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder engine with a hybrid trick. Though the 429-horsepower six has plenty of grunt, the addition of a starter-generator positioned between the engine and the transmission bumps output by 21 hp and cuts torque delay significantly. If 4.4 seconds to 60 mph doesn’t impress, the GT 63 and 63 S should satisfy.

Both GT 63 and 63 S models utilize AMG’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8. Standard 63 cars pump out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 sprint of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph. Atop the range, the GT 63 S churns out a staggering 630 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, rocketing the four-seater to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 195 mph. Whichever motor suits your fancy, the GT 4-Door Coupe comes equipped with AMG’s nine-speed multi-clutch transmission and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive.

On paper, a family hauler seems like a mismatched vehicle for a Formula One racetrack, but the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe is unlike any four-door we’ve driven in anger.

Wielding what is surely two-plus tons of mass (its official curb weight hasn’t been announced yet) is no easy task, but AMG uses a number of sophisticated technologies to make the GT 63 S light on its feet. The root of all athleticism is AMG’s Performance 4Matic+ AWD system, which continuously varies torque split between the front and rear axles based on driving style and conditions. Paired with an electronic limited-slip rear differential, multi-chamber air suspension, active rear steering, and a set of grippy Michelin PS4S tires, the GT 63 S clings in corners and surges at exit. S models also benefit from adaptive engine mounts, which stiffen depending on drive mode to increase chassis rigidity and responsiveness.

Barreling through COTA’s 3.4-mile circuit, the GT 63 S takes precise lines through corners, carries tremendous velocity down the straights, scrubs speed effectively (thanks to our tester’s six-piston carbon ceramic stoppers), and rips between gears without hesitation. Weight transfer is the only indicator that you aren’t driving a track-bred two-door; compared to the AMG GT R, the GT 4-Door Coupe needs a fraction of a second longer to settle before taking the next move. That said, we doubt any other four-door could keep pace with the GT 63 S on a racing circuit.

With the all-new CLS forfeiting its AMG specification, the GT 4-Door Coupe assumes the mantle of Mercedes-AMG’s most dynamic four-door. Styled to match its aggression, the GT sits low and wide, with a fastback silhouette, broad fenders, and long hood.

Like the two-door, the GT 4-door wears Mercedes-AMG’s shark nose, slotted Panamericana grill, piercing LED headlights, and active air channel flanked by large inlets. If not for the hood angle and taller ride height, one could easily confuse the two- and four-door GTs. In profile, a range of 19-, 20-, and 21-inch wheels tuck neatly within the GT’s pronounced fenders. Our favorite set, the chunky five-spoke monoblock, is a throwback to late 1990s AMG models and look appropriate on the GT’s pumped-up bod. Importantly, the GT’s gently tapering silhouette is also distinguishable from the redesigned CLS. At the rear, thin LED taillights, integrated air extractors, and quad exhaust ports balance muscle and elegance.

The GT 4-Door Coupe can be dressed in one of six styling packages, with black gloss, bright chrome, or carbon fiber treatments paired with unique bumpers. A class-exclusive fixed rear wing is part of one such kit, though we prefer the integrated (and vastly subtler) trunk spoiler. Customers can also choose from a large selection of standard and matte paint colors. However you spec it, the GT 4-Door Coupe is a handsome devil.

Within the GT 4-Door Coupe awaits Mercedes-Benz’s familiar, luxurious cabin — aroused with AMG performance touches. A large, three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel features a dial to quickly flip between drive modes and a pair of reconfigurable tabs to change performance settings on the fly. Customers can choose from two front seat options, each available in MB-Tex, Nappa, or microfiber suede coverings. The more aggressive AMG Performance seats include adjustable side bolsters and are available with seat heating or ventilation. Standard sport seats add a massaging function to the comfort equation.

Only a pair of rear passengers can tag along for the ride, accommodated by a choice of seating configurations. Standard is a set of non-foldable chairs with an open center area. The optional executive package adds a fixed center console with convenience feature settings and folding seatbacks. In the name of chassis rigidity, the GT 4-Door Coupe isn’t available with a panoramic sunroof, which does make the rear compartment feel smaller than it is.

Mercedes-AMG includes a four-year/50,000-mile new car warranty, but unlike its luxury rivals, it doesn’t offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The GT 4-Door Coupe has not yet been crash-tested by the IIHS or NHTSA.

A year ago, the GT 4-Door Coupe would have had several direct rivals, including BMW’s M6 Gran Sport and Audi’s RS7, but today the only direct competitor is Porsche’s Panamera. Shoppers in the performance four-door space will likely consider BMW’s M5 and Tesla’s Model S P100D, as well. The GT will inevitably overlap with the E63.

It’s no coincidence that AMG’s three tiers of GT 4-Door Coupe performance (53, 63, and 63 S) match up with Porsche’s Panamera 4S (440 hp, $104,050), Turbo (550 hp, $155,050), and Turbo S E-Hybrid (680 hp, $185,450). Power and acceleration should net even across the board, save for the range-topping Panamera, which has a 50 hp advantage over the GT 63 S. On a track, however, we expect the AMG would smoke its hybrid-laden German rival.

Mercedes-AMG hasn’t released its online configurator or full packaging details, so we can only submit our vote for the GT 4-Door Coupe’s high-level equipment. It should come as no surprise that, of the three, we’d pick the range-topping GT 63 S for its monstrous power and sensational handling. Loaded with standard performance and tech goodies, there are only a few add-ons we’d choose: the driver assistance features, the Burmeister sound system, the head-up display, and the executive rear seats.

With the GT 4-Door Coupe, AMG has seemingly bent physics to its will. Though weighed down by luxury features, sound-deadening materials, and advanced safety technologies, the GT tames a race track better than most two-door sports cars. And when the lapping session ends, it takes on the role of premium commuter with the same readiness. Consider the four-door performance benchmark elevated.
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Based on recent spy shots, we suspected that Mercedes was working on a special GT R, and now it's official. The company officially announced it would be showing something called the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro at the L.A. Auto Show. It will also be accompanied by updated versions of the other AMG GT two-door coupes. According to Mercedes, the updates to the two-door are supposed to make it look more related to the four-door GT.

Along with the announcement comes a photo of the car in a vinyl camouflage wrap. It may hide some more subtle details, but it can't hide the deeper front splitter or the big canards on either side of the front bumper. It looks like the big splitter adjustment struts from the test car we saw a few weeks ago are gone, but there do appear to be some sort of smaller support struts added to the front bumper.

As for what we should expect from the GT R Pro, it should be a pretty serious track machine, even more so than the regular R. Mercedes says it has been tweaked based on what the company has learned from its GT3 and GT4 racing program. Most of the improvements will probably be in aerodynamics and suspension. We wouldn't mind seeing a bit more power, too, since the top-spec AMG GT four-door is more potent than the GT R. Mercedes also made it clear this will be a very limited edition model. Stay tuned for more details when the car is fully unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show on November 29.
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For model year 2020, the top athlete from Affalterbach now comes to the starting line honed even further, and with the new limited edition AMG GT R PRO. In addition to exterior updates, the two-door AMG GT Coupes and Roadsters will be fitted with the AMG DYNAMICS integrated driving control system for added agility, a new AMG Performance steering wheel, the center console with innovative display buttons from the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and a fully digital instrument display with exclusive AMG "Superport" display style on the instrument cluster. The AMG GT R PRO was modified in numerous details to deliver even more racetrack performance: The lightweight construction, new suspension and aerodynamic fine-tuning result in even more downforce overall. Lightweight-design wheels also contribute to the enhanced driving dynamics and faster lap times on the racetrack.

"The AMG GT embodies the core of our brand, "Driving Performance," in a unique way. At its debut four years ago, it not only turned the heads of customers and sports car enthusiasts, but also created new dimensions in the competitive environment. In order to continue this success story, we have now equipped it with numerous innovations from the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and added a new limited-edition model: No other current production Mercedes- AMG is as close to motor racing as the new AMG GT R PRO. A lot of experience from our current GT3 and GT4 motorsport activities entered into its development.

The agile responses to all driver commands and the overall performance now deliver even more of that incomparable feeling that our racing drivers experience on the track," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Fully digital instrument display as standard
As in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, the new telematics architecture in the two- door AMG GT models makes the innovative, standard fully digital instrument display with 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch multimedia display on the center console possible. The instrument cluster offers an entirely new screen design with the three AMG-specific display styles "Classic," "Sporty" or "Supersport." In the "Supersport" mode, there is also extensive additional information specific to AMG, such as a prompt borrowed from motorsport to shift up while in manual transmission mode. The newly designed visualizations in the multimedia display enable further vehicle functions to be experienced even more vividly, e.g. with an animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems.

Via the left-hand touch control button on the steering wheel, preferred information can also be displayed on the left or right-hand side of the instrument panel - for example the classic speedometer and rev counter, navigation information or assistance systems through to detailed engine data. Sporty drivers can even fade in a g-force display or the current output and torque values.

Innovative display buttons in the center console
The eye-catching feature in the interior is the center console with its stylized V8 design, not only putting the spotlight on the brand's performance credentials but also perfectly fulfilling functional requirements. The 2-door AMG GT now also receives the innovative, colored display buttons. They integrate the display and steering of transmission logistics, chassis, ESP, exhaust system, rear spoiler and start stop function. Using TFT technology the display buttons use intuitive symbols to show the function and are easy to operate with just a small tap of the finger. The display buttons are supplemented by two rocker switches for the drive programs and volume control.

It's all down to the grip: the new generation of AMG steering wheels
The 2-door AMG GT will also receive the new AMG performance steering wheel which celebrated its debut in the AMG GT 4-door coupe and is also available in the C 63. It is characterized by its sporty design, a flattened bottom section with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation. The steering wheel cover in black nappa leather is perforated at the sides to ensure optimum grip.

On the AMG GT C the steering wheel comes standard with a rim in black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber. In the AMG GT R the rim is completely covered with DINAMICA microfiber. The AMG steering wheel also comes in black nappa leather with trim in black piano gloss, as well as DINAMICA microfiber with elements in high-gloss carbon fiber. The galvanized gearshift paddles on the steering wheel allow an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting.

The integrated Touch Control buttons can be used to control the functions of the digital dash and the multimedia display by means of horizontal and vertical swiping of the finger.

All 2-door AMG GT models come standard with the new AMG steering wheel buttons. These consist of a round controller with an integrated display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned color display buttons with switches beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke.

The AMG drive programs can be triggered via the controller. The selected setting is shown on the color LCD display directly integrated in the controller.

The two freely configurable display buttons and the additional switches on the left-hand side enable further AMG functions to be controlled directly on the steering wheel. This means that the driver can concentrate fully on dynamic driving without having to take their hands off the wheel. Each required function can be depicted on the display icon and its switch is tapped by the driver to set the respective function.

The two individually specified AMG functions can be defined exactly and the settings changed with just one tap of the finger.

Data log for use on the race track: AMG TRACK PACE
The AMG TRACK PACE virtual race engineer, which records data when driving on closed-off race tracks, provides a significantly extended and even more precise scope of functions. AMG TRACK PACE is a standard part of the COMAND online infotainment system.

Once the function has been activated, while driving on a race track, more than 80 vehicle-specific sets of data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second. On top of this, lap and sector times are displayed, as well as the respective difference to a reference time. Because specific display elements are shown in green or red, the driver is able to see at a glance without reading numbers whether they are currently faster or slower than the best time.

After putting in some fast laps, the driver can use the data to analyze and, if necessary, improve their driving skills. In addition, acceleration and deceleration values can be measured and saved. Thanks to a newly developed algorithm which determines the vehicle position as precisely as possible, AMG TRACK PACE even detects when the track has been left or if it has been shortened. This is done using GPS data as well as the sensors available in the vehicle (acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds.)

The data is displayed on the multimedia display and the digital dash. Well- known race tracks like, for example, the Nürburgring or Spa Francorchamps, are already stored. Furthermore, it is also possible to record your own tracks.

Exterior: AMG GT family connection further enhanced
The new light controls of the LED high performance headlights now show parallels to the AMG GT 4-door coupe and therefore further enhance the AMG GT family connection. A tri-functional, arched light guide takes on the functions of daytime running light, navigation light and turn signals.

The multi-chamber reflector system with three single reflectors each, for dipped beam and main beam, not only ensure optimal illumination of the roadway, but also give the AMG GT a sporty, dynamic look which gains even more optical depth as the result of the black background. The light of the LED tail lights also appears even deeper set and sportier through the dark background.

From the back the new look of the rear bumper is striking, its sporty black diffuser insert was redesigned for the AMG GT and AMG GT C. At the same time the tail pipe outlet was visually redesigned and matched to the shape of the AMG GT 4-door coupe. The AMG GT now has two round twin tail pipe outlets, the AMG GT C has trapezoidal shaped twin tail pipe outlets. The rear design of the AMG GT R keeps its distinctive shape with the large, centrally positioned tail pipe outlet with center bar. It is flanked by two more black tail pipes on the left and right of the diffuser.

The AMG GT receives a new black grained sill cover on the bottom section. This makes for an additional dynamic optical look. Used in combination with the optional exterior package, additional decorative element attachments emphasize these features.

Also, if desired, the AMG GT is available with a new light alloy y-spoke wheel in titanium gray with a finely polished surface. In addition, an option for the AMG GT C is the new 10-double-spoked forged wheels in titanium gray with finely polished surfaces or in soft black with finely polished rim flange.

A new standard feature is the parking package with the PARKTRONIC park assistant and front and rear cameras, which increases ease of use when manuevering. One more sign of an AMG GT family connection is the newly available brilliant blue magno paint for the 2-door AMG GT, a color which will be introduced with the AMG GT 4-door coupe. Other extras are two-tone leather upholstery in exclusive nappa style in silver pearl/black.

Even more agile through AMG DYNAMICS
As a new feature in the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT "Slippery," "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport Plus," "RACE" and "Individual" drive programs, the 2-door AMG GT now also comes with AMG DYNAMICS. This integrated driving dynamics regulation expands the functions of ESP® (electronic stability program) to exact distribution of power distribution at the rear axles and steering characteristics.

In this way the AMG GT becomes even more agile. AMG DYNAMICS optimizes the transverse dynamics by higher lateral acceleration, better traction and load change reactions.

Particularly remarkable: AMG DYNAMICS calculates how the vehicle will react. To do this, the system uses the available sensors that detect the speed, the steering angle or the yaw rate, for instance. Based on the pilot-control principle it is possible to anticipate the vehicle behavior on the basis of the driver's actions and the data from the sensors. The control system reacts in this way even before the driver - and with no noticeable intervention of the system. The driver gets a very authentic driving feel with high cornering dynamics and optimum traction as well as high stability and predictable handling. Even experienced drivers receive optimum assistance without feeling patronised by the system.

The different AMG DYNAMICS modes are named "Basic," "Advanced," "Pro" and "Master." The drive program selection indicated on the multimedia display now shows the new AMG DYNAMICS symbol with the relevant additional term instead of the previous ESP®symbol.

"Basic" is assigned to the "Slippery" and "Comfort" drive programs. Here the AMG GT demonstrates exceptionally stable handling characteristics with high yaw damping.
"Advanced" is activated in the "Sport" program. The AMG GT is then neutrally balanced. The lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirement and enhanced agility support dynamic maneuvers such as driving on winding country roads.
"Pro" (abbreviation for "professional") is part of the "Sport+" program. In "Pro" the driver receives even more assistance for dynamic driving maneuvers while agility and precision are further enhanced when taking corners.
"Master" (only available for GT C and GT R) is connected to the RACE drive program. "Master" mode is aimed at drivers who want to experience dynamism and the driving enjoyment on closed-off circuits. "Master" offers an extremely neutral vehicle balance, low steer angle requirement and more agile steering. In this way, "Master" ensures maximum agility and fully exploits the dynamic potential.

Closer to motor racing than ever before: the new AMG GT R PRO
The new limited-edition Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO is characterized by further improved driving dynamics, in particular on the racetrack. Experience gained from the AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 racing cars was influential in its development. The improvements from motorsport can be clustered in four areas: suspension, lightweight construction, aerodynamics and appearance.

Suspension: the optimal set-up
The new AMG coil-over suspension offers even more choice for tailoring the set-up to the particular track. As in professional motorsport, the driver is not only able to set the spring preload length mechanically, but can now also adjust the compression and rebound of the dampers. This is done quickly and precisely without tools via a click system with an integrated adjustment dial on the damper. The compression rate is adjusted separately for high-speed and low-speed movements. This means that the settings can be dialed-in for slow and fast compression movements as is common practice in motorsport. This allows influencing the body dive and roll as well as the traction of the AMG GT R PRO even more selectively.

The front axle is fitted with an adjustable torsion bar made of lightweight carbon fiber. Its counterpart at the rear is made of steel, and is likewise adjustable and also saves weight due to its hollow tube design.

The AMG GT R is already fitted with Uniball spherical bearings at the lower wishbones of the rear axle. The AMG GT R PRO now gets these bearings for the upper wishbones as well. They are significantly more wear-resistant than conventional wishbone bearings and due to their design have no play, which means toe-in and camber do not change even under high loads. As a result, the AMG GT R PRO can be driven with even more precision.

The carbon-fiber shear panel in the underbody of the rear end also contributes to the high handling precision. This lightweight and rigid element stiffens the rear-end structure and as a result adds even more stability to the body shell.

The electronically controlled dynamic engine and transmission mounts were also retuned to further increase the agility and deliver high-precision response and clear feedback.

Lightweight construction: carbon-fiber components and new forged wheels
In addition to a host of carbon-fiber components, weight is saved by making the ceramic composite high-performance braking system standard. And exclusively for the AMG GT R PRO, the brake calipers will be painted black with white lettering. The lightweight AMG Performance Twin 5-spoke forged wheels are exclusively painted titanium gray and feature a rim flange with high-sheen finish.

Aerodynamics: redesigned front apron with additional flics
Aerodynamic fine-tuning increases the overall performance of the AMG GT R PRO as well. The redesigned front apron was fitted with two flics at the sides made of clear-coated carbon fiber. The lower flics transition virtually seamlessly into the front splitter, which was extended further forward and is held by small metal braces - they stabilize the front splitter at higher speeds. Additionally, they are another visual homage to the GT3 and GT4 role models from motorsport.

The air slots in the front fenders effectively vent the wheel arches and contribute to reducing front-axle lift. At the rear, a clear-coated carbon-fiber aero element at the wheel arch on either side rises up vertically almost to the level of the tail lamps. The combination of all these measures significantly reduces front-axle lift without negatively impacting the aerodynamic conditions at the rear axle.

The active aerodynamics profile in the underbody, the AIRPANEL active air regulation system in the front apron and the large spoiler on the hatch, all known from the AMG GT R, are part of the standard specification. In addition, the rear spoiler is fitted with a spoiler lip, which increases downforce at the rear axle, and now sits on milled aluminum brackets that underscore the proximity to motor racing.

Motor racing looks: Carbon Package, new carbon-fiber roof, unique wrap
The AMG GT R PRO doesn't only drive like a racing car, it also looks the part. The standard-fit Carbon Packages I and II with front splitter, fins in the fenders, trim strips in the side sills, side mirrors, rear spoiler, and a diffuser with high-quality clear-coated carbon-fiber finish emphasize the proximity to motorsport, as does the redesigned carbon-fiber roof with lowered center.

The special status is also underscored by the unique vehicle wrap with racing stripes running over the hood, roof and hatch as well as along the sides of the vehicle. This wrap is light green exclusively in combination with the selenite gray magno paint finish. For all other color variants, the stripes come in a dark gray matte. Optionally, the car wrap can also be omitted completely.

Even before the world premiere, the new AMG GT R PRO has impressively demonstrated its performance potential on the racetrack: In early November,

AMG brand ambassador and AMG GT3 racing driver Maro Engel completed a circuit of the Nürburgring North Loop in exactly 7.04.632 minutes driving a still disguised AMG GT R PRO. This considerably bettered the previous time for the AMG GT R and demonstrated the great potential of the current AMG flagship model.

The record lap was measured precisely by the independent experts of "wige SOLUTIONS." An independent notary confirmed the lap time, and that the vehicle's condition was in accordance with regulations.
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At the 2018 LA Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG dropped the cover off the updated two-door GT models.

These are led by the new AMG GT R Pro, a track-focused version of the GT R with some racing DNA running through its veins.

With the unveiling of the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro, one would be justified to believe that there would be no new Black Series. But they would be wrong, because it was confirmed by the Affalterbach-based brand’s head honcho, Tobias Moers, once again.

“It’s not the new Black Series, to be honest”, Moers told RoadAndTrack about the new GT R Pro. “It’s a track-enhanced version of the GT R, which was always part of the program.” However, the big announcement came in the form of three letters: “Yep”, as that’s what the AMG boss said when asked if a new Black Series is coming.

Moers didn’t say much more about the upcoming GT Black Series (or is it GT R Black Series?), but he did add that prototypes are currently being tested on the track. Also, they’re bound to hit the Nurburgring in mid-2019, and “you can easily recognize it”.

In all likelihood, the new Black Series model will be launched in 2020, as that date was hinted by Moersearlier this year.

Power will come from the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, which will be massaged to deliver more than the GT R’s 577 HP. In the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe S, the unit churns out 640 PS (630 hp / 470 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, but we’ll just have to wait and see what AMG has in store for the reborn Black Series coupe.
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Not sure how I feel about the 4-door coupe. Looks like a CLS at first glance.

GTR Pro though, which nut do they want, left or right?
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Agreed, not sure why they need the CLS and the GT 4-door coupe/sedan.

My dealer had a CLS53 in the showroom
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Agreed, I like them, but think they work so much better on something like a W210 E55 or W202 C36/C43
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Omg are they serious about those wheels? They are fucking AWFUL.
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Yikes. They do have the throwback design elements and they do take me back to the 80’s. But, they do not seem to fit with the new vehicle designs.

And you bet your bottom dollar they are hearing about it.
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I heard it handles extremely well and has endless power. But I hate the grille, I hate the rear end, I hate the headlights, and I HATE the wheels. I don’t think I like anything about the exterior looks

the monoblock wheels are cool but do NOT belong on this car. It’s a low slung sweeping design. These wheels should be on a ‘blocky’ car/suv. Messed up thing is MB knows they don’t belong on this car at all, and still did it to sell out to the ‘rapper’ appeal. Those wheels are a throwback to the big body S class. OG status R Kelly, 50 Cent in Get Rich or Die Trying, Jermaine Dupri etc etc.
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It's okay I guess.
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https://www.carscoops.com/2019/04/me...o-on-steroids/

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro went into production last month, but fans looking for something even more extreme have to wait a bit longer.

We’re of course talking about the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series which will serve as the pinnacle of the company’s sports car lineup. Mercedes has been talking about the model for years and it’s inching closer to production as spy photographers have snapped a prototype on the Nürburgring.

While the model shares a number of similarities with the GT R Pro, there are some of significant differences. Starting up front, the Black Series has unique canards which flow through the air intakes and connect to the Panamericana grille surround. The model also has beefier support brackets for the front lip spoiler.

Moving further back, there’s an additional canard above the front fender vents. The model also has unique side skirts which are more streamlined than those on the GT R Pro. The front and rear brake calipers also appear larger and they have an eye-catching bronze finish.

The rear of the prototype largely carries over from the GT R Pro, aside from the missing side fins and temporary exhaust system. While it obviously isn’t finished, we can expect a handful of changes on the road-going model.

Power will be provided by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. There’s no word on what it will be rated at, but the Black Series should be more powerful the GT R Pro which has 577 hp (430 kW / 585 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. It could also be more powerful than the GT 63 S four-door coupe which has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 630 hp (470 kW / 639 PS) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of the final output, Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers has suggested the GT Black Series will be launched in 2020.




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If you simply saw a picture of the Mercedes-AMG GT above, you'd probably assume it was the upcoming Black Series. Just look at its super-aggressive aerodynamic package. But watching video of this car testing at the Nürburgring casts doubt on that theory because it does not sound like it has a V-8.

The video comes to us from YouTuber CvdZijden, who captured this mysterious AMG GT during an Industry Pool test session at the 'Ring. They speculate that this GT has the M256 inline-six used in AMG's 53-series cars, and that certainly seems like a likely scenario. The sound is quite muted, almost like a four-cylinder, and you can hear a turbocharger blow-off valve quite prominently.

An AMG GT with the 53-series straight-six would make sense—it would likely lower the barrier of entry for the sports car from the $112,700 it sits at today. A 3.0-liter motor like this would be good for markets like China, where cars are taxed based on engine displacement.

It's a killer engine, too, with an electric motor on the crank that replaces the traditional starter and alternator and an electric compressor run off a 48-volt battery system. In the 53-series cars, it makes 429 horsepower, and 384 lb-ft of torque. Not massive numbers in the world of $100,000-plus sports cars, but the throttle response from the electric motor and compressor is extraordinary.

But what's puzzling is all these aero components on what could possibly be the entry-level version of the AMG GT. Note the big splitter with grille-mounted supports and dive planes ahead of the front wheels. It even looks like there's a dive plane at the back of the front fender, just ahead of the door. This prototype is also wearing the AMG GT R's "Green Hell Magno" paint, and it looks like it has a similar diffuser and wing, too.

It's a mystery. There's, of course, a possibility that this prototype is just a mashup of different things, and not representative of a car meant for public consumption. Perhaps AMG is working on both a V-8-powered Black Series with an aggressive aero package and an entry-level six-cylinder GT.
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