2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Officially Confirmed with New 730 hp Engine

The secrecy surrounding the technical data of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is slowly dying out, leaving room for most of the essential things people want to know.
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For example, Mercedes-AMG just announced that the GT Black Series will be the most powerful production model they have ever produced, with its all-new V8 powerplant delivering a more than potent 730 horsepower.

As cheeky as AMG’s marketing is, there is no official torque figure yet, and we figure that’s because they don’t want us to know the exact type of engine that will power the new road-going track carver.

Our suspicion regarding the arrival of the first-ever V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft in Mercedes-AMG's stable was reinforced after an official Twitter post announced that the Black Series' engine’s firing order will be 1-8-2-7-4-5-3-6.

For those who are unaware, the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 in all current models from Affalterbach have a 1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2 cylinder firing order, which also gives them that distinctive exhaust rumble, among other things.

In other words, we’re about 98.53 percent sure that the re-engineered 4.0-liter in the new GT Black Series will switch from a traditional cross-plane design to a flat-plane crankshaft. This would confirm why all pre-production models spotted testing have more of a McLaren exhaust sound and the rpm limit is much higher.

Even though there is no word on the amount of torque yet, you shouldn’t expect a number higher than 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) since the dual-clutch transmission in the GT can’t handle much more than that.

Along with some minimal weight savings over the GT R Pro, a redesigned suspension and extra downforce, especially from the giant rear wing, we can expect the most powerful Black Series model ever to go well under 7 minutes on the Nurburgring, albeit the Porsche 911 GT2 RS time will be hard to beat.

We are now waiting for the official numbers, photos and videos of the car tomorrow, when the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series finally gets unveiled in all its glory.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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