Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series clings new lap record at Nürburgring

-Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series takes the pole position under the unmodified sports car category

-It overthrows the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ by 1.354 seconds

The German car manufacturer has announced a new feat with the AMG GT Black Series anchoring the fastest lap record by a street-legal production car in a certified time of 6 minutes and 43.616 seconds (for the 20.6 kilometre-long track). The GT Black Series dethrones the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ by 1.354 seconds which had set the previous record in 2019.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Front View

The blisteringly quick AMG GT Black Series was powered by the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 motor punching out 720bhp. Other adjustments as disclosed by the carmaker on the factory-spec car included an extended front carbon fibre splitter to ‘Race’ position and the rear spoiler set to the middle position for maximum downforce. For aerodynamic effectiveness, the front and rear suspension were lowered by 0.2 and 0.1-inches individually. The front camber was tuned 3.8 negative while the rear stood at three negative. On the inside, the anti-roll bars were switched to its stiffest setting. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Left Side View

Commanding the beast was Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing driver, Maro Engel, who piloted the rocket with a remarkable full lap time of 6 minutes 48.047 seconds (for 20.832 kilometre) and an equally sensational 6 minutes 43.616 seconds for the lap without the T13 straight (20.6-kilometre). The car was fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R MO tyres and a ceramic composite brake system which are standard fitment for the production model.

On completing the record lap, Maro Engel said, “With speeds of up to almost 270 kmph in the Kesselchen section of the track or well over 300 kmph on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car. “It’s really impressive how much downforce the Black Series generates and how confident and reliable it can be driven, even at the absolute limit.’

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Front View

So then, it could only be a matter of time until the raging bull pounces once again on the Nürburgring to claim back the prestigious crown. Until then, the race-track belongs to the AMG GT Black Series to rule. It is unlikely to reach the Indian shores in the near future. However, enthusiasts have the option of an AMG GT-R and AMG-GT 63S four-door coupe offered with a price tag of Rs 2.48 crore (ex-showroom) and Rs 2.42 crore (ex-showroom) respectively. Mercedes-Benz AMG GT₹ 2.48 Crore onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom priceGet Offers from Dealer

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Top Performance Car Reviews on CarWale

May 12, 2020, 08:45 AM IST39,655 Views

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Introduction

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We at CarWale are committed to helping you buy the best car which suits all your needs. But once in a while, there comes a car in our garage which brings an unfathomable delight to us petrol heads. These performance cars may not place high in terms of practicality, but they are capable of inducing an everlasting grin on the face of the nut sitting behind the steering wheel. So until we can get back to driving high-performance cars – unleashing their cerebral horsepower on the tarmac and burning some unnecessary rubber at every given opportunity – let us have look back at some of the best performance cars we have already driven.

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Lamborghini Huracan Evo

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Our teammate, Venkat Desirazu, got the taste of his first Lambo experience last year at the MMRT race track. The Huracan Evo he drove is powered by Lamborghini’s renowned 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 pushing out a rather monstrous 630bhp and 640Nm. With a kerb weight of 1422kgs, the Evo is capable of reaching 0-100kmph in just 2.9-seconds!

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Drive Experience

BMW M5 Competition

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In a casual glance, it would look like any other 5 Series. But the M5 is a super saloon which can drop kids to school after eating hardcore supercars for breakfast. Its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 616bhp and 750Nm (that’s more torque than the aforementioned Huracan). It can seat five in comfort and can also do rounds of Nurburgring all day.

BMW M5 First Drive Review

Mercedes-AMG GT R

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‘Beast of Green Hell’ is its name. For the Mercedes-AMG GT R clocked the gruesome Nurburgring (where it was developed) in just 7:10.92 seconds earning itself a lap record. The AMG GT R graced its presence at our CarWale Track Day and it managed to unleash its 600bhp on MMRT as well.

2018 CarWale Track Day: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Audi R8 V10 Plus

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Also part of our track day outing, the Audi R8 V10 Plus was a real stonker. With close to 610bhp on tap from its Lamborghini-derived 5.2-litre V10, the R8 Plus lapped MMRT in 1:54.42 seconds – the fastest lap time recorded at the 2018 CarWale track day. Need we say more?

2018 CarWale Track Day: Audi R8 V10 Plus

Jaguar F-Type SVR

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The SVR is a faster, louder and a more precise version of the already mad Jaguar F-Type R. It is the fastest car JLR made and it can do 0-100kmph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 322kmph. This Leaping Car’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 punches out 567bhp and sounds glorious while doing so.

2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR First Drive Review

Ford Mustang GT

Call it a legend or the quintessential muscle car, the Mustang is an icon in its own right. Available for the first time in RHD configuration in its six-decade of history, the Mustang made its way to India in 2016. The Mustang’s traditional 5.0-litre V8 has enough power to hurl you down a straight with smoking rear tyres, the tail wagging, and a smile plastered on the driver’s face.

2016 Ford Mustang GT First Drive Review

Pictures by Kapil AnganeJaguar F-Type₹ 95.12 Lakh onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT unveiled in Stealth Edition

September 29, 2020, 08:10 PM IST3,219 Views

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT unveiled in Stealth Edition

– Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine that produces 516bhp/670Nm

– Stealth Edition borrows design elements from AMG Exterior Night Package 

Along with fresh cosmetic and feature updates, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT gets more powerful than ever before. The German luxury car manufacturer has built the new AMG GT Stealth Edition on the AMG Exterior Night Package with black elements on headlamps, 19-inch Y-spoke front wheels, and 20-inch rear wheels. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Right Side View

The roadster gets a black soft top, while the coupe gets a carbon black fibre roof with tinted glass. The performance-focused model gets a dark chrome AMG grille. It is believed that the vehicle will also be offered in two additional shades of grey. As for the interior, it gets a DINAMICA microfiber-wrapped steering wheel with black spokes and shift paddles. The vehicle features nappa-style leather upholstery with diamond quilting, black topstitching, and trim elements in black piano lacquer. The vehicle gets a unique badge in the centre console. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT left rear three quarter

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT is powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo, V8 engine that generates 516bhp and 670Nm of torque. The power output has increased by 53bhp, while the torque has increased by 40Nm. This engine comes mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that enables the vehicle to sprint from 0-100kmph in about 3.7-seconds. The Coupe can attend a top-speed of 315kmph, while the Roadster can attain a top-speed of 311kmph.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series breaks cover with 730bhp

July 16, 2020, 12:00 PM IST2,457 Views

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series breaks cover with 730bhp

–         Uses the same twin-turbo V8 but heavily reworked

–         Is festooned with aero bits and loads of carbon fibre

Cars wearing the ‘Black Series’ badge are the most notorious scoundrels of the Mercedes-AMG family who infamously devour themselves. And the German carmaker has conjured a new one and this times it’s adorned on the flagship AMG GT. So the AMG GT Black Series appears like the Venom Symbiote on Eddie Brock. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Engine Start Button

Power comes from a reworked version of the tried-and-tested twin-turbo 4.0-litre. Internally named M178 LS2, the V8 is dialled up to eleven making it the most powerful iteration till date. It produces 730bhp and a twisting force of 800Nm with its tweaked internals and a ‘hot V8’. The tweaks include new camshafts along with flat-plane crank, revised manifold and new firing order. Even the compressors of the turbo have grown in size.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Right Side View

Shifting cogs in mere milliseconds is the familiar seven-speed DCT placed on the rear axle sending power to rear wheels only. As a result, the AMG GT Black Series can scamper down a straight line to 100kmph from standstill in mere 3.2 seconds. Meanwhile, 200kmph will show up on the speedo in under nine seconds. Top speed is 325kmph.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Left Front Three Quarter

Helping the AMG GT Black Series to unleash hell is the sophisticated active aerodynamics borrowed straight from the GT3 race car. Upfront, there’s a larger radiator grille joined by a manually-adjustable active lip-splitter aiding downforce for high-speed cornering. Beyond that, the front fender gets shark-like gills to allow airflow over the wheels and also cool those massive brakes. And if that’s not enough, the long bonnet is carved with a huge exhaust outlet to provide more breathing space for the V8. On the side, additional air ducts are integrated into the sill for cooling rear axle brakes.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Right Rear Three Quarter

Then there’s the massive wing bolted at the back and the racecar-like rear diffusers. The wing carries a dual-blade aerofoil design and can be adjusted by 20 degrees electronically. The flap can also be retracted or extended via a console-mounted button. Even the flat-underbody aids in aerodynamics by channelling air in all the right places. Of course, all the aero bits are made of carbon fibre to keep the weight down. Lastly, the AMG-spec wheels are wrapped in either soft-compound or hard-compound of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Dashboard

Inside, there’s Nappa leather with contrast orange stitches and a loop-pull instead of door handles. Lightweight carbon-fibre bucket seats are also on offer along with the usual AMG buttons and switches. And a Track Pack could get you four-point seatbelt and fire extinguisher along with a titanium-tube roll cage as well.

Mercedes-AMG hasn’t disclosed the asking price for the AMG GT Black Series. Or how many units will be built. But deliveries are slated for 2021. Get your chequebooks ready, gentlemen.

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Mercedes-AMG develops exhaust gas turbocharger with integrated electric motor

June 19, 2020, 07:30 PM IST30,327 Views

Mercedes-AMG develops exhaust gas turbocharger with integrated electric motor

– With the electric exhaust gas turbocharger, efficiency and performance increases

– Will be used for the first time in a series production model from Affalterbach

The future of Mercedes-AMG is turning electric, and as a part of this, it now combines high efficiency with additional driving dynamics. 

To implement this combination to optimum effect, the developers in Affalterbach are working on the deployment of the electric exhaust gas turbocharger to take performance to a new level. 

This technology comes straight from Formula 1, where the electric exhaust gas turbocharger resolves the conflicting goals between a small, fast-reacting turbocharger (low peak performance) and a large turbocharger that suffers from a turbo-lag. And in case you were wondering, it is being developed in partnership with Garrett Motion.

The highlight of this innovative turbocharging system, is a slim electric motor that measures about four centimetres! It is integrated directly on the charger shaft between the turbine wheel (on the exhaust side), and the compressor wheel (on the fresh air side). This electronically controlled electric motor drives the compressor wheel before it accepts the exhaust gas flow. 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roll Cage

As a result, there’s a significant rise in immediate response, not only from idle speed, but across the entire engine speed range. So much so, that it totally eliminates the turbo-lag. Due to this, the combustion engine responds even more spontaneously to the accelerator pedal input, and the entire driving feel is significantly more dynamic and agile.Mercedes-Benz AMG GT₹ 2.48 Crore onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R – The heart of the matter

June 06, 2020, 10:27 PM IST4,559 Views

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R – The heart of the matter

It is christened the ‘the Beast of Green Hell’ for lapping the notorious Nurburging in an impressive 7:10.92 seconds. It was the fastest car around the ‘Ring at the time and still maintains a ninth position on the leader board. A successor to the iconic SLS, this is the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R. And the updated version is launched in India for a price of Rs 2.48 crore (ex-showroom). Let us dive deeper and take a look at what makes the GT R the beast that it is.

Engine

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Exterior

Sitting under its long hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 punching out 577bhp and a twisting force of 700Nm. This ‘hot V8’ motor has proven itself in its long line of duty and now powers almost the entire AMG line-up. The turbo boost is pumped up to 1.35 bar over 1.2 bar in the standard AMG GT and the compression ratio is optimised as well. Of course, there are the complex engine control electronics too which keeps a leash on all the 577 horses.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Exterior

For cooling duties, AMG uses indirect air-to-water intercooling with separate two-stage water circuit. Moreover, the precise piezo injectors can spray the fuel at high pressure of up to 200 bar. Mercedes also makes use of Nanoslide coating on the aluminium crankcase which is sourced from their Formula 1 team. Rounding off the pack is AMG performance exhaust which lends the GT R its sonorous and throaty growl.

And since this is an AMG, each engine is built at Affalterbach on the ‘One Man – One Engine’ philosophy.

Transmission

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Exterior

The raw power is sent to rear wheels channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This gearbox is configured in the transaxle and the modified hardware/software is tuned for a racetrack, claims the carmaker. The first gear in this AMG Speedshift DCT transmission has a longer ratio, while seventh gear and the final drive have shorter ratios to allow a more agile acceleration.

Drivetrain

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With the engine sitting between the front axle and the driver, the AMG GT R gets a host of equipment to prevent the driver from ending up in barriers after a little enthusiastic driving. This long list of hardware includes four-wheel steering for better agility, three-stage adaptive damper settings, AMG-spec coil-over suspension, electronically controlled rear-axle locking differential, speed-sensitive steering, and high-performance brakes. Also part of the package is AMG’s Traction Control system which is derived from the GT3 race car.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Exterior

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Mercedes-AMG GT R launched in India; priced at Rs 2.48 crore

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May 27, 2020, 12:45 PM IST3,587 Views

Mercedes-AMG GT R launched in India; priced at Rs 2.48 crore

– 4.0-litre V8 produces 577bhp and 700Nm

– Launched alongside the new C63 AMG Coupe

Mercedes-Benz kick-started its business in India in the shadow of the Coronavirus lockdown with two power-packed launches. Alongside the mental C63 AMG Coupe, the German carmaker has introduced the new updated AMG GT R in India for a price tag of Rs 2.48 crore.

Nicknamed the ‘Beast of Green Hell’, the updated GT R continues to be powered by the same 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 sitting between the driver and the front axle. A mammoth power output of 577bhp and a twisting force of 700Nm is sent to rear-wheels, channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The beast can do 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds and it will hit a limiter at 318kmph.

Compared to the older model, the new AMG GT R gets a new LED lighting signature inside its bulbous headlamps. Also changed is the rear diffuser design along with slight tweaks to the LED taillamps. Newer alloy wheel designs and a Blue Magno paint job are also part of the update. On the inside, you get an all-digital instrument cluster for the first time. This all-digital 12.3-inch driver’s display is paired to a 10.25-inch multimedia screen on the centre console.

Also part of the update is AMG Performance steering wheel and Track Pace data logger. The black Nappa leather upholstery comes as standard. There’s also an integrated controller below the steering wheel for selecting the drive modes. There are six driving modes to choose from – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual.

The updated Mercedes-AMG GT R lock horns with the likes of Porsche 911Jaguar F-TypeLexus LC500h and the recently launched BMW M8 Coupe.  Mercedes-Benz AMG GT₹ 2.48 Crore onwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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New Mercedes-AMG GT R and C63 Coupe India launch on 27 May

May 15, 2020, 05:31 PM IST15,479 Views

New Mercedes-AMG GT R and C63 Coupe India launch on 27 May

– Mercedes will launch two new AMG models next week

– The company recently resumed production at the plant in Chakan

Mercedes-Benz India recently resumed production at the company’s plant in Chakan, Pune, details of which are available here. Now, the brand is all set to launch two new performance oriented models later this month.

27 May will witness the debut of the new Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe and the AMG GT-R in the form of an e-launch. This will be the first range of products to be launched by the brand after the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic was implemented.

The Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe was unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Exterior highlights of the model include a Panamericana grille, new air vents, redesigned headlamps, flared fenders, aggressive diffuser and quad trapezoidal shaped exhausts. The model is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 469bhp and 650Nm of torque. Paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the model sprints from 0-100kmph in four seconds.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Exterior

Coming to the updated Mercedes-AMG GT R, the model is powered by the same 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 576bhp and 700Nm of torque. Paired to a seven-speed DCT automatic unit, the model can attain speeds of 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds, all the way up to a top speed of 318kmph. A few feature highlights of the new AMG GT R include redesigned LED headlamps, 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, fully digital instrument display, AMG-spec steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather and AMG-spec Sport seats.