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New Black Series Will Be The Fastest Accelerating Mercedes-AMG Yet

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The long-awaited new AMG Black Series is arriving next year with at least 630 horsepower.

The wait for the new Mercedes-AMG Black Series to arrive is agonizing. Sadly, we still have to wait until next year for the new range-topping AMG to break cover. By then, it will have been seven years since the last Black Series model based on the SLS.

To ease the wait, AMG boss Tobias Moers has revealed some new tantalizing details during an interview with Autocar at the 2019 New York Auto Show. According to the AMG boss, the new Black Series will arrive in mid-2020 and will be the fastest accelerating AMG yet, apart from the One hypercar.

"It's coming. Just last week I drove it," Moers said. "It will be the fastest AMG yet, bar the One. Not in terms of top speed, but lap times. Driveability is most important but, with balance, it gets good lap times too." The new Black Series was first confirmed by Moers back in 2016. It's expected to receive AMG's turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine tuned to deliver at least 630 hp, which would match the GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe.

This would make it nearly as powerful as the 690-hp Porsche 911 GT2 RS. According to Moers, the Black Series will be "great competition with our close neighbor," so it will be interesting to see if it can beat the record-breaking Nurburgring lap time set by the GT2 RS modified by Manthey-Racing last year.

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Also expect the new GT Black Series to get suspension tweaks and enhanced aerodynamics, which could improve on the GT R Pro launched at last year's Los Angeles motor show. It featured uprated suspension and aerodynamic upgrades, but no extra power over the regular GT R. This setup should mean the GT Black Series tips the scales at around 3,472 pounds, so it could be slightly lighter than the GT R Pro. Production will also likely be very limited. It sounds like the new Black Series will be worth the wait and ensure the current AMG GT generation goes out with a bang.