The reveal is just around the corner.
We've known for a long time the final send-off for Mercedes-AMG's high-performance sports car (or is it a supercar?) is being prepared for its official launch. Question was, however, when will that reveal be taking place? Will the coronavirus pandemic be disrupting those plans?
According to a report from the MB Passion Blog, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series will likely have its official debut late next month at the Chengdu Motor Show in China. Revealing at this time makes perfect sense after a previous report claimed AMG will open the GT Black Series order books in July. If all goes to plan, production will begin within the fourth quarter of this year.
Mercedes refused to comment on this report but it also didn't outright deny it. Take that for what it is (or isn't).
We've seen plenty of spy shots and a few Nurburgring test videos of AMG GT Black Series prototypes since last fall, so it's fair to assume development is nearly finished by now. It's possible the pandemic delayed that somewhat, but a majority of the work was likely finished before the world began temporarily shutting down.
What we do know is that this range-topper will come powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 but it won't be AMG's typical V8. What's more, it won't receive an electric boost function, meaning the new Black Series won't be a hybrid. Its total output, however, could be over 700 horsepower, an impressive accomplishment without hybrid assist. If this is true, the Black Series will be AMG's most powerful road car to date. To compare, the current Mercedes-AMG GT R has 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The expected power increase is made possible by some significant mechanical upgrades and, judging by the spy shots, the exterior will be noticeably different than any other GT variant. The large rear wing is a dead giveaway, among other new aerodynamic components. Renderings created based on those spy shots help to visualize this.
AMG may have already begun to quietly reach out to prospective customers already on their list for high-profile vehicles, so it's possible some key details could begin to leak in the coming weeks.