If these new claims are true, the new Black Series could be a serious threat to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and McLaren 720S.
The long wait for the Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series to arrive is agonizing. We still have to wait until next year for the new Black Series to break cover, but pre-orders are apparently now underway. Positioned above the track-focused GT R Pro, the hardcore Black Series will be the new AMG GT range-topper, so we're expecting it to pack a more powerful version of AMG's twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. Turns out it could be much more powerful than we thought.
In the already-hardcore GT R and GT R Pro models, the AMG engine pumps out a respectable 577 hp, but a user on Instagram who claims to have the car on order says it will have over 700 hp on tap. That would be an increase of at least 70 hp over the GT 63 S Four-Door Coupe, which currently has the most powerful version of AMG's V8 engine, and would also put the new Black Series in the same horsepower territory as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and McLaren 720S.
To add some credibility, the user also attached their purchase form dated on April 23, 2019, to prove they have the new Black Series on order and thanked Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia for allocating it.
According to the Instagram post, production of the new GT R Black Series is scheduled to start in Q3 2020 and the user is hoping to receive delivery of the hardcore sports car in the first quarter of 2021. This suggests we could see an official reveal in the first half of 2020.
This will be the first time an AMG model has been given the Black Series treatment since the SLS AMG Black Series in 2013. Expect it to be produced in limited numbers and command an even higher price than the GT R, which starts at $157,000. Camouflaged prototypes have also revealed it will have enhanced aerodynamics, more aggressive styling, and a new exhaust system with dual tips. If the Instagram user's claim is true, the new Mercedes-AMG Black Series should live up to our mammoth expectations.