ENGINE 3982cc V8, DOHC, 32v, twin turbo
POWER 537kW @ 6700-6900rpm
TORQUE 800Nm @ 2000-6000rpm
LIKE: Incredible circuit chops; presence; engineering rectitude; functional aero
DISLIKE: Not the most tuneful; auto ‘box logic; try getting hold of one
THIS IS GOING to take some explaining. Just 10 minutes earlier, the affable Mercedes-AMG PR man had been regaling me with the fact that this AMG GT Black Series costs $796,100 and that there are more than $230,000 of taxes to pay on top of that, making it an easy $1m+ car on the road. Now I’m about to substantially remodel it. I’m at Phillip Island, steaming in to Hayshed, a big commitment right hander. Turn in’s good, apex nailed, gently open the steering to let the car run out to the left hand side of the track when an ibis decides now is a good time to merge onto the circuit. Instructor Sam Brabham flinches reflexively as I accept that attempting to avoid the suicidal bin chicken is only going to make a bad situation worse. It’s coming through the windscreen straight into Brabham’s face, before flaring its wings and passing over the mirror, a tumbling whorl of feathers and legs in the vortices streaming off the car.
We’re both a bit shaken. There’s a greasy smear of some kind of unidentifiable bird juice atop the mirror housing but apart from that the car is unscathed. I bring it into the pits to decompress and avail myself of a party pie. The AMG GT Black Series isn’t easy to sum up in just a sentence.
To all intents and purposes, it’s an end stop. It’s the last of the great internal combustion AMG sports cars and, to that end, Affalterbach has thrown everything it knows at the Black Series. Engine, aero, suspension, software, brakes, tyre tech – everything. The price almost becomes an irrelevance. Only 28 are coming to Australia, they’ve all been sold and there will never be another road car that wears the three-pointed star quite like it. From here, AMG’s evolutionary path diverges.
The bald facts you probably know. The M178 LS2 4.0-litre V8 engine has been extensively reworked, now featuring a flatplane crank, and it develops 537kW between 6700 and 6900rpm, a massive 107kW more than the GT R Pro that’s our current Performance Car of the Year. Torque is rated at 800Nm anywhere between 2000 and 6000rpm, all that drive going to the rear wheels via a carbon torque tube that feeds a seven-speed dual-clutch ’box, mounted aft in a transaxle arrangement.
So far, so impressive. What we’re here for is to find out what this technical tour-de-force is like to drive, hard. Four-point harnesses cinched, front splitter jutting forth in Race setup and a deserted Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit at our disposal, it’s time to find out.
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