H2: AMG GT Black Series Interior
The GT Black's interior is both functional and lovely to look at. It comes standard with AMG Performance sport seats. Every surface is covered in high-quality material, but the button layout makes it quite obvious what this car is about. As we mentioned earlier, the adjustable traction control takes center stage, right in the middle of the dash via an unmissable yellow dial. The adaptive damping, traction control, rear wing, and loud exhaust buttons are neatly housed next to the touchpad used to interact with the infotainment system. You also get a quick-access button on the steering wheel for the adaptive damping settings.
This is a strict two-seater with a fixed roof. Headroom is ample at 39.5 inches, but no legroom figure is provided. We've been inside multiple GTs by now, and we never noticed a problem in the legroom department. The standard seats are heated, power-adjustable AMG Performance seats with a memory function. They provide adequate body-hugging bolstering, which you're definitely going to need when using this car to its full potential.
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All around the dash and doors, you'll find leather and carbon fiber trim inserts as the only option. Specifically, it's AMG Matte Carbon Fiber Exclusive trim, and it looks good. It feels like a $325,000 interior, thanks to the liberal use of this beloved material, complemented by Gloss Black. As for the seats and the leather on the dash, you can choose between Black Exclusive Nappa leather with grey stitching or Black Exclusive Nappa leather with orange stitching. Both options are replete with Dinamica faux suede center panels, a material repeated on the steering wheel. The stitching is carried over to the dash, and buyers can select silver seatbelts as a $500 extra. AMG carbon fiber door sill trim is another option and adds $1,200 to the price.
You only get 10.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity, but it doesn't matter. This car isn't built for a quick trip to the store or a weekend away with your partner. Its only duty is to drive down to the track, and 10.1 cubes are more than enough for two helmets and the required racing apparel.
Interior storage is limited. There's a neat little storage space underneath the climate control buttons, a small glove compartment, and a storage space underneath the center armrest with the AMG crest neatly emblazoned on the leather cover.
Standard items include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated power-adjustable seats with memory, dual-zone climate control, and a garage door opener. Since this car is all about the driving experience, there's nothing to really distract you. You do get a few driver assists such as a legally mandated rearview camera, but also front and rear parking sensors to make sure you don't damage the carbon fiber aero bodywork. There's also a handy frontview camera. Options in this regard are limited to blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist, while convenience options are limited to just one - keyless go. The features you're most likely to care about are mounted on the steering wheel, though. Not the paddle shifters, but rather the AMG Drive Unit controls that allow you to switch drive, suspension, exhaust, and aero modes without reaching down to the center console.
The AMG GT Black Series is still part of an older generation of Merc products, and as such, is equipped with the old 10.25-inch high-resolution display running COMAND software. It's not touch-sensitive, and you have to operate it via a rotary central controller. The more annoying touchpad is an optional extra. The infotainment package is loaded with features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, and HD Radio, but the menus are a little complex to use and the system is slow and clunky overall. To keep things as light as possible, Mercedes only includes a lightweight four-speaker sound system with a 100-watt output. If you aren't as into weight saving as Mercedes, you can add a Burmester Surround Sound system with 640 watts and ten speakers for $1,300, or a Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound system for $4,500 that packs 1,000 watts and 11 speakers. We wouldn't bother, however.
We're far more interested in the racy instrumentation. The 10.25-inch screen also runs the AMG Track Pace feature which includes various telemetry including a GPS-guided lap timer. Much of this information can also be viewed in the RACETIMER menu on the digital instrument cluster, giving you sector times and lap breakdowns in your line of sight. Considering the application of the car, these features are a lot more important. And besides, if you can afford to buy a $325,000 AMG GT Black Series, you can most likely afford an S-Class for those trips where you need more amenities.