The Mercedes-AMG GT range currently tops out with the R version packing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque from its biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Those who are finding it too tame will have to patiently wait for a few years as the return of the Black Series badge won’t happen anytime soon.

According to Mercedes-AMG’s boss, Tobias Moers, the GT R Black Series will be introduced towards the end of the GT’s life cycle, most likely as a run-out special edition as it was the case with the SLS AMG Black Series. Taking into account the standard GT has been around for about two and a half years, it is going to take a while before we are going to see a new Black Series car.

AMG’s head honcho has already revealed it will pack more power, so there is a good chance the output will hit the 600-hp spot and even surpass that round number. At the same time, Moers said some weight will also be removed from the 1,630 kilograms of the Euro-spec R model. These two major improvements together with some other upgrades like aero tweaks will make the Black Series quicker in the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph), which takes 3.6 seconds in the case of the R. There could also be a slight bump in top speed compared to the 198 mph (318 kph) of the current range topper.

Gallery: Mercedes-AMG GT4 road car spy photos

Even though the Black Series is still a long way off, AMG fans are in for a treat because the family of sports cars is likely to be updated as early as next year with a road-going equivalent of the GT4 race car. Spy images have shown an interesting prototype largely based on the R model, but with the exhaust tips closer to the corners of the bumper, just like on the track-only GT4. Not only that, but the test vehicle also had a polycarbonate rear window, thus hinting some weight-saving measures are being taken. A more aerodynamic body is also on the agenda for what will be the most track-oriented AMG GT model to date.

For now, AMG’s biggest star is the new Project One on display these days at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Source: Motoring

Gallery: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R: First Drive

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