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WATCH | These are the aerodynamic tests AMG put its new GT Black Series through

2020-07-22 09:00

Charlen Raymond

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (Mercedes Media)

• GT Black Series sports huge aerodynamic advancements over 'lesser' models.

• The car can generate more than 400kg of downforce at 250km/h.

• GT Black Series the most powerful production Mercedes ever built.

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In middle July 2020, Mercedes-AMG revealed its new GT Black Series: the most powerful car to come from the AMG factory, yet. Sporting the same bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine as the rest of the GT range, in the Black Series it's been tuned to deliver 537kW and 800Nm of neck-snapping torque. In a sports car weighing around 1600kg, it all translates to a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a 325km/h top speed.

But power and performance figures are one part of the story. The GT Black Series underwent significant aerodynamic testing. Given the tautness of the car and its intense purpose, the aero team at AMG had their work cut out to make the car as best as they possibly could.

And going by what we can gather from the above video, they might have just done that.

Aero explained

Mercedes-AMG borrowed technical know-how and expertise from its GT program, most notably by copying parts from their AMG GT3 and AMG GT4 cars. These items include a large grille with vertical struts, air-inlets on the side that channel air onto the brakes for additional cooling, and a front spoiler that can be controlled from inside the cabin.

The front spoiler can be activated for Street or Race modes, with the latter highly advisable for track-use, only. In both instances, the spoiler will direct airflow to suit the needs of each mode, influencing the car's dynamics. At the rear, the massive rear wing can also be adjusted to improve performance. This includes improvements over the already-impressive acceleration, braking, and cornering abilities of the car.

The aerodynamics of the car aims to improve airflow and to turn it into the best possible interpretation of the AMG GT range. As such, the car will generate more than 400kg of downforce at 250km/h.

The GT Black Series is scheduled to reach South Africa in 2021.

Read more about the AMG GT Black Series by clicking on any of the links below:

READ: Tracing the AMG GT Black Series' lineage: How the range matured over the last five years

READ: The Black! Mercedes-AMG unveils its SA-bound 537kW GT Black Series

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (Mercedes Media)

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