Tearing Up the Monitor in Mercedes’ Quickest Mannequin
The world is therapeutic, of us. Laughter is again, airport traces are again, tiny shorts are again. Add to that listing hyper-expensive sports activities vehicles. COVID most undoubtedly didn’t kill these, however what good is a $325,000 Mercedes if nobody’s round to understand it?
Fortunately the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Sequence is hitting our shores at simply the best time. For just a few hundred fortunate patrons, this would be the summer time of velocity: They’ll take possession of a wild sports activities automotive that not too long ago set the manufacturing automotive file on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. (Watch right here if you happen to haven’t eaten your lunch but.)
To catch you up: The Mercedes-AMG GT is a front-engined sportscar constructed to rival Porsche’s almighty 911. It first arrived in 2015; the Black Sequence mannequin arriving now represents the idea tweaked to its quickest essence. A brand new, hand-built 4-liter bi-turbocharged V8 engine makes use of a flat crank for extra torque and a faster throttle, and makes 720 horsepower. Its bodywork is closely (but extremely flippantly) reworked for the monitor. Together with the requisite carbon-fiber swaps—hood, roof, fenders, sills, rear hatch—there’s a bunch of aero enhancements, chief amongst them an enormous, two-piece carbon fiber spoiler crusing off of the decklid. That means, even the wing has a wing. Whoah, man.
The oldsters at Mercedes thought we’d like a spin in it. They had been proper. Final week the model hauled just a few of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Sequence vehicles to the Concours Membership, a non-public racetrack situated throughout the road from Miami’s Opa-Locka Government Airport. The monitor is so new that if you peer via the warmth shimmer, you’ll be able to barely see a racing line on the velvety, scar-free tarmac.
Our time with the GT Black Sequence was temporary however memorable: for a single 25-minute session we tailed knowledgeable who coached us on braking and turn-in factors. The only largest revelation was that the faster you push the automotive right into a flip, the cleaner your exit. That is courtesy of the aerodynamic work talked about above: It’s all there to scale back drag and construct downforce. At excessive speeds, that vast double wing primarily sucks the automotive nearer to the street. As an alternative of shedding grip, you appear to realize it. It feels nearly counterintuitive.
Concours’s 2,100-foot straightaway allowed the GT Black Sequence’s distinctive engine to take a star flip, shouting towards its 7,000-rpm redline. In race mode, the seven-speed paddle-shifted computerized shortly finds you the wanted torque. Simply as shortly, huge carbon-ceramic composite brakes help you exactly arrange for the following flip. Within the sauna-like 91-degree warmth of the day, the A/C compressor went out in my mannequin just a few occasions. The draw back: Sorry in regards to the sweat-soaked microfiber seat, Mercedes. The upside: Home windows down, I might higher hear the flat-plane soundtrack of the GT Black Sequence forward of me.
In step with the theme—unique, gasoline-powered extra to welcome us again into the after occasions—Mercedes-AMG selected the occasion reveal its newest powerboat, too. Referred to as the Cigarette 41-foot Nighthawk AMG Black Sequence, the “Magmabeam orange” machine was styled by the Mercedes-AMG design staff with cues from the GT Black Sequence automotive. It does 90 on the open water, which we are able to affirm. We will additionally affirm which you could’t purchase the multi-million greenback boat—it’s already spoken for. Like we stated, occasion time has begun as soon as once more.
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