Weight reduction comes courtesy of extensive use of carbonfibre. As well as the bonnet, roof and tailgate, details such as the transmission mount, new body stiffening structures and even the driveshaft are carbonfibre.
Lightweight forged wheels hide standard-fit ceramic brakes with Black Series-specific components. Even the front and rear glass is thinner. However, no weight figure has been quoted yet.
The GT Black Series follows the GT R in using adjustable coilover suspension combined with an adaptive damping system. Aluminium components reduce unsprung weight and solid rear wishbone bearings taken straight from AMG’s motorsport programme are said to improve steering sharpness and feedback.
Among the multiple driving mode settings (which also include a nine-mode traction control system) is a new function in Sport Plus that can detect the race track surface and set the car up accordingly. The camber is also manually adjustable, while AMG has worked with Michelin to develop a specific Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyre with soft and hard compound options.
Inside, the GT Black Series gains a unique interior spec that mixes leather and microfibre with black and orange stitching and matt black carbonfibre trim. Weight-saving door panels with loop pull handles also feature. Options include carbonfibre bucket seats and the AMG Track Package, which adds titanium rollover protection, four-point belts and a fire extinguisher.
Autocar understands the GT Black Series will be priced at about £330,000 – more than three times the cost of the base GT and £140,000 more than the current range-topping GT R Pro. It will be available to order at the end of this month, with first deliveries in the autumn.
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