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‘Merican muscle from Mercedes Black – new GT on way

ATLANTA, Georgia – For those who desire – and are wealthy enough! – the best in AMG performance. Few competitors, their builders say, can match the exclusivity, rarity, and track-optimised performance of the AMG Black Series.

Mercedes says one can think of the Black Series as AMG’s most extrovert, most track-focused, most exclusive, limited-production models.

Since the first SLK55 Black Series they’ve enhanced AMG’s already exceptional performance models by modifying their power trains, chassis, and aerodynamics for optimum performance and dynamism.

ABOUT TO BE JOINED BY…

So far only five special models have worn the Black Series badge: SLK55 Black Series, CLK63 Black Series, SL65 Black Series, C63 Black Series, and SLS AMG Black Series.

The Black family is, however, about to be joined with the launch today (July 14 2020) of a GT Black Series. And, to prepare for the future, Mercedes has meanwhile given Carman’s Corner a look back at the extraordinary models that built the worldwide reputation of this iconic series…

We’ll bring you the new model when we received the feature and images, so..

Black Series model overview:

SLK 55 AMG Black Series: AMG roadster turned track-tuned performance machine.

Key Facts & Figures:

Developed in the AMG Performance Studio for exclusive models, opened in 2006.
Power train: Hand-crafted AMG 5.5-litre V8 with 400hp, 383 lb-ft torque.
Availability: 2006-2007. Only 120 were assembled but not sold in the US.
Unique enhancements: Retractable hardtop replaced by light fixed unit to help shed 45kg from the standard SLK 5.

CLK 63 AMG Black Series: DTM racing and F1 pace car-inspired design meets the CLK.

Key Facts & Figures:
Power train: Hand-crafted AMG 6.3-litre V8 capable of 500hp, 465 lb-ft torque.
Availability: 2008, 700 units produced globally.
Unique enhancements: Adjustable coil springs, extra interior bracing as rear seat delete, and a DTM-inspired wide body with wider front and rear track.

SL65 AMG Black Series: The superlative SL with the flagship AMG V12 biturbo engine.

Key Facts & Figures:
Power train: Hand-crafted AMG six-litre V12 Biturbo engine capable of with 661hp, 738 lb-ft torque.
Availability: 2009, 350 units produced globally
Unique enhancements: The only body panels shared with the then SL were the doors and external mirror – everything else was unique to the Black Series and replaced with lighter carbon fibre-reinforced plastic panels. The retractable hardtop was fixed, unlike the conventional SL.

C 63 AMG Black Series: The most powerful C-Class so far.

Key Facts & Figures:
Power train: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-litre V8 capable of 510hp, 457 lb-ft torque.
Availability: 2013, 800 produced globally.
Unique enhancements: Wider track and bodywork, Coil-over suspension, AMG high-performance composite two-piece braking and track-refined aerodynamic enhancements.

SLS AMG Black Series: The most extreme version of the SLS.

Key Facts & Figures:
Performance: Hand-crafted AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with 622hp, 468 lb-ft torque.
Availability: 2014. Fewer than 200 imported to the United States.
Unique enhancements: Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, a mix of great design, outstanding driving dynamics, and uncompromising light construction.

With a kerb weight of 3417 pounds, the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series achieved a power-to-weight ratio of 5.49 lb / hp. The most dynamic SLS yet.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA, based in Atlanta in the state of Georgia, is responsible for distributing, marketing, and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States to offer the most diverse range in the luxury segment with 15 model lines ranging from the sporty A-Class sedan to the flagship S-Class and Mercedes-AMG GT R.

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