Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series breaks Nürburgring lap record

The GT3-derived Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is now officially the world’s fastest series production road car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, lapping it in 6:43.616

Over two years have past since we last saw a new production road car Nürburgring lap record, but Mercedes has done just that with the new AMG GT Black Series lapping the Nordschleife in a blistering time of 6:43.616 with GT3 driver Maro Engel at the helm. The lap time beat out the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ’s previous production car record time of 6:44.97. 

While there is no official standings to govern these lap record results, the Manthey-Racing fettled Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR’s 6:40.3 time also set in 2018 was colloquially denied thanks to its third-party upgrades, as such keeping it from entering the series production road car leaderboard. The Aventador SVJ, then, was the car to beat, and the GT Black Series did so with 1.35 seconds to spare.

> A Nürburgring guide: map, prices and driving tips

Unlike some previous record-holders, Mercedes-AMG claims that this particular GT Black Series had a completely standard setup, from the safety equipment to the aerodynamic configuration and, of course, tyres. Being the brand’s most extreme road-legal model, the factory GT Black Series does have the ability to be finely tuned in its setup depending on use, which in this case was the record attempt.

To do the job, its adjustable front splitter was extended to ‘Race’, while the rear spoiler was set to the middle position for a balance between ultimate downforce and not creating too much drag on the Nordschleife’s high-speed sections. The suspension was also dropped by 5mm at the front and 3mm at the rear, and the front and rear camber was set to the maximum possible negative values maximising lateral grip, with the adjustable anti-roll bars also switched the hardest setting. 

Maro Engel was said to have switched between different levels of traction control via the dash-mounted control depending on the track section, using the systems to capitalise on the performance from the ultra-soft Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tyres designed specifically for the GT Black Series. 

The AMG GT Black Series’s 4-litre twin-turbocharged flat-plane V8 was as per production, and in producing 720bhp and 590lb ft of torque is in fact substantially more powerful than Maro’s own GT3 racer. Power is sent to the rear alone through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, helping it along to a 3.2sec 0-62mph time and 202mph top speed. 

The record time follows shortly behind the four-door AMG GT 63’s own success at the ‘Ring, claiming the title of world’s fastest ‘executive-class luxury car’ with a time of 7:27.80 last week.

Recommended

New 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT: UK price, specs and first deliveries
Mercedes-AMG GT
News

New 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT: UK price, specs and first deliveries

Second-generation Mercedes-AMG GT joins the SL with V8 power, standard all-wheel drive and fresh tech
14 Dec 2023
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 2024 review – is AMG’s coupe finally a Porsche 911 beater?
Mercedes-AMG GT 63 – front
Reviews

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 2024 review – is AMG’s coupe finally a Porsche 911 beater?

A new chassis, tweaked V8 and a larger, more practical interior provides AMG’s new GT 63 with everything it needs to take on the best in the business
14 Dec 2023
The new Mercedes-AMG GT2 Pro is a 740bhp track toy
Mercedes-AMG GT2 Pro
News

The new Mercedes-AMG GT2 Pro is a 740bhp track toy

Mercedes-AMG has turned its GT2 racer up a notch, adding power and tweaking its design for a non-homologated special 
7 Nov 2023
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept E Performance: 800bhp coupe set for 2024 launch
Mercedes-AMG GT Concept E Performance – front
News

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept E Performance: 800bhp coupe set for 2024 launch

Tipped to offer four-wheel drive and more than 800bhp, the flagship AMG GT has the Porsche 911 Turbo S firmly in its sights
6 Sep 2023

Most Popular

Toyota GR Yaris Gen 2 2024 review – first drive of the production ready hot hatch
Toyota GR Yaris – front
Reviews

Toyota GR Yaris Gen 2 2024 review – first drive of the production ready hot hatch

We've driven a prototype GR Yaris Gen 2 on track, now we've driven a production car on ice. Is it still looking good for the ultimate supermini?
27 Feb 2024
New Alpine A290: latest details on the Renault 5's hot hatch cousin
Alpine A290 concept
Features

New Alpine A290: latest details on the Renault 5's hot hatch cousin

Good news for fans of accessible performance, as Alpine reveals more details about its forthcoming EV hot hatch, the A290
26 Feb 2024
Hyundai i30 N and i20 N axed
Hyundai i30 N and i20 N
News

Hyundai i30 N and i20 N axed

Production of petrol-powered Hyundai N hot hatches has come to an end in Europe, with electric N models picking up the baton
23 Feb 2024