It'll source tech from an array of cars to provide a thrilling track day experience.
The Mercedes-AMG GT nearing the end of its life-cycle is proof that time really flies when you're having fun. The inaugural AMG-specific sports car was presented to us back in 2014 with production due to be wrapped up fairly soon to make way for an all-new model. This is due to sit beside the new R232 SL as a hardtop alternative.
In its life, the AMG GT has been treated to a small number of truly special models that celebrate the brand's dedication to the track. This includes the GT R Pro and highly exclusive Black Series. We were under the impression that the latter is where things would have wrapped up but as a pleasant surprise, we have been treated to just one more celebratory model.
Limited to just 55 units is the Mercedes-AMG GT Track Series which, as you can understand, will only be available for track use. The car not only celebrates the success of the thrilling sports car range but also the 55th anniversary of the German brand's performance arm. The track-day product has been built around the design of the Black Series with a few crucial changes to make it an uncompromising race car.
The flat crankshaft twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 remains under the hood with a power output of 724 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Rather than using a nine-speed automatic transmission, it employs a sequential Hewland HLS six-speed racing gearbox to send power to the rear axle.
For added mechanical grip, AMG has also installed an adjustable differential which is accentuated by a set of four-way adjustable Bilstein dampers and individually adjustable anti-roll bars. To keep the curb weight down to a figure of 3,086 pounds, carbon fiber construction has been used for the hood, wings, trunk cover, sills, and rear apron. The color you see applied to this particular Track Series unit is an exclusive semi-gloss high-tech silver magno developed by the Manufaktur division with red and anthracite contrast trimmings.
The highlight of this limited mode is the front grille that has been designed specifically to improve airflow into the radiator. This is complemented by a bespoke air splitter that enhances downforce on the front axle. At the rear, you'll find a Black Series-inspired mechanically adjustable wing that can be tuned to your preference. The appearance is tied together by the 18-inch high-sheen milled and forged alloy wheels.
For improved usability and customization, AMG also grabbed the 12-step traction control system from its GT3 and GT4 cars. Crucial stopping power is afforded by a set of front 15.4-inch and rear 14-inch brake discs supported by motorsport-derived ABS. Stopping stability is supplemented via a brake beam and carbon air ducts for improved cooling.
The GT Track Series has been built with amateur racing drivers in mind, so the cockpit has been fitted with accommodating pieces of equipment such as air conditioning, customizable ergonomic seat foaming, and a five-point safety harness. A high-tensile steel roll cage and safety cell design means that this recreational racer adheres to the current FIA standards.
With prices starting at €369,000, approximately $405,800 USD, before any options or taxes are added, the GT Track Series is clearly a hobby purchase for the most affluent of AMG customers. Each car will bear an embossed "x of 55" plaque located on the center console to signify its exclusivity as well as "Track Series" embroidery located on the driver's seat and car cover.
With the purchase price, you will also have access to AMG's service and support. This includes technical training upon taking delivery of the car, engineer support during track days be it in person or via a hotline, and handy logistical services including access to an expansive spare parts bin.