Mercedes-AMG has confirmed a small number of new GT Black Series supercars will make it to Australia, but the starting price for the track-focused model is worth sitting down for.
The GT Black Series is priced from an eye-watering $796,900 plus on-road costs, comfortably making it the most expensive GT variant, eclipsing the $453,200 watermark set by the GT R Pro.
But before you start emptying your piggy bank for spare change, the bad news is the Australian allocation of GT Black Series coupes is already sold out, with just 28 examples to arrive from the second quarter of next year.
As reported, the Porsche 911 GT2 and McLaren 765LT rival is motivated by a thoroughly revised version of Mercedes-AMG’s ubiquitous 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine (including a flatplane), which punches out 537kW of power from 6700-6900rpm and 800Nm of torque from 2000-6000rpm.
Just like the ‘regular’ GT variants, the GT Black Series sends drive to its rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, although the latter is reinforced in this application.
This combination helps the GT Black Series sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds while on the way to 200km/h in 9.0 seconds and its top speed of 325km/h.
Racecar inspiration isn’t limited to the engine bay, as the GT Black Series has coil-over suspension with adaptive dampers and manually adjustable anti-roll bars and camber.
Predictably, a carbon-ceramic brakes package is also on hand to wash away speed with ease, while light but strong carbon-fibre is used extensively throughout the chassis to increase bodyshell stiffness.
The GT Black Series well and truly stands out from the GT crowd with its aerodynamically honed exterior redesign, which is highlighted by a manually adjustable front splitter, a vented bonnet, front wheelarch louvres and a double rear wing.
A staggered set of forged alloy wheels are fitted, measuring 19 and 20 inches in diameter at the front and rear respectively. Either way, they’re wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tyres.
Inside, the GT Black Series is upholstered in black Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre with orange stitching, while matte carbon-fibre trim features prominently.
In Australia, the Track Package is also standard, with it bundling in bucket seats with four-point seatbelts, a fire extinguisher and a titanium roll-over cage.