How The Mercedes-AMG GT Conquered The Nurburgring

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This is what makes the German supercar so special.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is a monstrous supercar that is ridiculously quick. Thanks in part to its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 720 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, it is the new king of the Ring. With such an impressive title under its belt, it's no wonder it costs what it does, but how exactly did Mercedes-AMG get the GT Black Series to go around the Nordschleife quite so quickly? What special trickery was employed to make this the fastest unmodified serial production vehicle ever to lap the Nurburgring's most famous circuit? The video below goes into a little detail on the secrets to success.

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We've already spoken about that astonishing power output, but there's more to a fast lap than just monumental output. Mercedes-AMG says that this is practically a racecar for the road. Customers get a choice of two tire compounds, with the car delivered on the softer and safer rubber. For those who live in warmer climes, a harder compound is available for customers to get longer-lasting performance out of their tires. Both types of tire were co-developed with Michelin, and the evolved Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires even feature the silhouette of the GT Black Series on the sidewall. There's also an "MO" script on the tires, indicating that these are Mercedes Original creations.

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Tires are an important part of gluing a car to the road, but downforce is just as critical. Hence, the AMG GT Black Series features an adjustable front splitter (only for track use) and an adjustable rear double-slat wing, to help drivers find that perfect balance and ideal grip for the driving style, track, and conditions. Other areas that are adjustable include the ride height, camber, and toe adjustments. With all of these items open for fine-tuning, setting the GT Black Series up so that it handles ideally on the Ring was relatively simple. No wonder it's a record holder.

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