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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series spied testing

Extreme AMG models to return with Mercedes-AMG GT R Black Series in 2020

Mercedes-AMG looks ready to take its GT Coupe to its most extreme level yet. The GT R has recently been through its mid-life update, that also saw the introduction of the more extreme Pro model, but AMG isn’t stopping there with plans to reveal an even more aggressive Black Series to top off the GT range in 2020. 

The most obvious changes for the incoming Black Series are based around the car’s aero package. There is a large front splitter with double-layered dive planes (complete with their own supporting rods) for the front bumper to improve downforce and high-speed turn in. There’s a new bonnet that features both a forward-facing intake as well as heat extraction vents similar to what you will find on AMG’s GT3 racing car. 

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Follow the long front wings down the car’s flanks and you’ll spot another dive plane placed above the side vent, while the front wheel arch openings, first seen in the recent GT R Pro, appear to be also carried over, reducing pressure and turbulence in the front wheel arches. 

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And then there is the Black Series’ most dramatic feature - the double-layer rear wing that sits nearly as tall as the GT R’s roofline, will undoubtedly generate even more downforce on track than that of the Pro. There’s also the de facto rear diffuser below the bumper hiding a set of development exhaust outlets, but a new and more aggressive rear diffuser will likely complete the new aero package. 

Given that the AMG GT C and GT R models both already feature a wider body than the standard GT, this new Black Series will likely miss out on a bespoke body shell, but with all of these aero additions it shouldn’t be difficult to pick out the new GT R Black Series from its more demure stablemates.

This will be the first Black Series model to feature a turbocharged engine since the SL65 Black Series of 2008, and the first with AMG’s 4-litre hot-V V8 engine too. As a result, the GT R Black Series should include a considerable growth in power over the current GT R’s 577bhp. The most recent Black Series model, the SLS, featured a 69bhp increase over the 563bhp AG SLS base car - a jump we’d suggest wouldn’t be out of the question for the GT R Black. If not more, considering the former was still running a naturally aspirated V8.

As with most Black Series models that have come before, this one will likely be the beginning of the end for GT production when it debuts next year, with sales following in a limited production run. All of which should see the current AMG GT out till early 2022. The way the industry is currently headed, this could also be the last AMG Black Series model not to feature some form of electrified powertrain.

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