For those who desire the ultimate in AMG performance, few models can match the exclusivity, rarity and track-optimized performance of MERCEDES-AMG: BLACK MAGIC.

MERCEDES-AMG: BLACK MAGICOne can think of the Black Series as AMG’s most extroverted, most track-focused and most exclusive, limited-production models. Since the first SLK 55 Black Series, these models have further enhanced AMG’s already exceptional performance models by modifying their powertrains, chassis and aerodynamics to optimize performance and maximize their dynamic capabilities.

Thus far, only five special models have worn the distinctive Black Series badge. These include the SLK 55 Black Series, the CLK 63 Black Series, the SL 65 Black Series, the C 63 Black Series, and the SLS AMG Black Series. However, the storied AMG Black Series family has grown with the addition of the GT Black Series, introduced today. Let’s take a look at the latest Black-series AMG GT and check out the extraordinary models that built the stellar reputation of this iconic MERCEDES-AMG: BLACK MAGIC series.


AMG GT Black Series: The most powerful AMG V8 series engine of all time, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, the most expressive design, the most distinctive driving dynamics. For the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, Affalterbach’s engineers have raised the bar in the art of vehicle design. This new super sports car perfectly embodies the brand’s rich tradition in motorsport, as well as its expertise in developing complete vehicles that impress in every respect. The result is an awe-inspiring vehicle with 720 horsepower from a handcrafted AMG V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft, combined with active aerodynamics and a design stemming directly from the current AMG GT3 racing car. It’s the most powerful Mercedes-AMG V8 series engine of all time.

In order to redefine the super sports car, the engine specialists in Affalterbach have once again extensively redeveloped the tried-and-tested 4.0-liter V8 biturbo unit – despite it already being renowned for excellent drivability, power delivery and torque. The specifications were clear: Significantly more power than the previous flagship model of the AMG GT family, an even more agile throttle response, maximum torque – all of which meant that a radical change was needed in the form of a new, flat-plane crankshaft.

SLS AMG Black Series: The most extreme version of the celebrated SLS Key Facts & Figures: Performance: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine with 622 horsepower, 468 pound-feet torque. Availability: 2014, fewer than 200 imported to the United States. Unique enhancements: Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racecar, a mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction. With a curb weight of 3,417 pounds, the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series, top, achieved a power/weight ratio of 5.49 pounds/horsepower. The most dynamic SLS of all time.

SLK 55 AMG Black Series: AMG roadster turned track-tuned performance machine, developed in the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO for exclusive models, opened in 2006. Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 5.5-liter V8 with 400 horsepower, 383 pound-feet torque.Availability: 2006-2007, only 120 units produced (N/A in U.S. market). Unique enhancements: Retractable hardtop replaced with lightweight fixed unit, nearly 100 pounds shaved from standard SLK 55.

 CLK 63 AMG Black Series: DTM racing and F1 safety car inspired design meets the CLK Key Facts & Figures. Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-liter V8, producing 500 horsepower, 465 pound-feet torque. Availability: 2008, 700 units produced globally. Unique enhancements: Adjustable coil-springs, additional interior bracing with rear-seat delete, and a DTM-inspired wide body with widened track front and rear

SL 65 AMG Black Series: The superlative SL with the flagship AMG V12 biturbo Key Facts & Figures: Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 6.0-liter V12 Biturbo with 661 horsepower, 738 pound-feet torque. Availability: 2009, 350 units produced globally Unique enhancements: The only body panels shared with the contemporary SL were the doors and side mirrors; everything else was unique to the Black Series and replaced with lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced plastic panels. The retractable hardtop is fixed in-place, unlike the conventional SL.

 C 63 AMG Black Series: The most powerful C-Class of all-time Key Facts & Figures: Powertrain: Handcrafted AMG 6.3-liter V8 with 510 horsepower, 457 pound-feet torque. Availability: 2013, 800 produced globally. Unique enhancements: Widened track and bodywork, Coil-over suspension, AMG high- performance composite two-piece braking and track-refined aerodynamic enhancements.

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