SCOOP: Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series Performance And Price Revealed

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It's going to be one of AMG's maddest creations yet.

As a farewell to the wonderful current generation of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the GT R Black Series is set to be the most ferocious version of the model line yet. We knew it would be very, very quick and carry a massive price tag, but now our friends from Fastabast at the Nurburgring have revealed some of the vital details that make this car so special.

The brilliant twin-turbocharged V8 engine that has done duty in several other AMGs will be tuned to deliver a massive 720 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque in the GT R Black Series - that's a whole 143 hp more than the regular GT R. It'll help catapult the Black Series to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds and on to a top speed of almost 200 mph.

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Expected to debut in just a few weeks, not everyone will be able to just go out and buy the new Black Series. Instead, customers who have already ordered the AMG One hypercar, of which just 275 will be built, will be first in line for the new GT R Black Series, with other AMG owners getting second priority. Only after this, will the Black Series officially go on sale at a price of €250,000 before options (around $281,000). That's about $80,000 more than the GT Pro.

If you aren't fortunate enough to be an AMG customer and tend to not have almost $300k lying around for a new car, there is another way to experience the AMG GT R Black Series thanks to Fastabast Taxi Experience. They'll be the first to get hold of the Black Series and will be offering a taxi ride alongside a professional driver around the Nurburgring.

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You'll have the opportunity to enjoy a heart-stopping lap and experience why the latest AMG is one of the quickest cars ever around the famous circuit. How quick? Well, the Black Series registered a time of 6 minutes and 58 seconds around the Ring.

Consider, for instance, that the older SLS AMG Black Series took almost 30 seconds longer to do the same, and it puts into perspective what a beast the new GT R Black Series is. The regular AMG GT R, by comparison, posted a time of 7:10:92. That's already devilishly quick, but the Black Series easily trounces it.

Clearly, the GT R Black Series will be the preserve of a privileged few, but whether behind the wheel or in the passenger seat, it's sure to set new standards for AMG.

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