Watch The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Rip Around The 'Ring

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Its likely future target: the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

If you thought the Mercedes-AMG GT R was top dog then think again. According to Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers, 2018 will see the debut of the even more potent GT Black Series, which will likely go on sale as a 2019 model. Because of that rather close due date, Mercedes-AMG engineers are busy at this very moment working on the final details in terms of handling, performance and everything else in between. Automotive Mike was hanging out the Nurburgring this past weekend and saw what’s definitely the Black Series out testing.

How do we know it’s the Black Series and not, say, a customer AMG GT R? There’s some camouflage up front and out back. Look closely and you’ll notice the GT R’s central exhaust pipe is gone, replaced by two exhaust pipes, with one at each side and hidden behind the diffuser. That design is taken directly from the GT4 racecar.

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The rest of the camo covers various aero improvements. Remember, the Black Series will be about the closest thing, street legal wise, to the racing version, so expect further enhancement such as weight reduction and a more aggressive suspension. Under the hood, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 returns, only this time it’s expected to produce a staggering 600 hp or so, compared to 577 hp in the GT R. AMG engineers are also benefiting from a new benchmark, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Right now, that’s the fastest 911 out there, not to mention the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring. Given that, don’t be surprised to see the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series attempt to smash the GT2 RS’ 6:47.3 run.

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