Mercedes and its performance partner, AMG, keep tweaking the Germany luxury maker’s line-up with a faster, more powerful iteration of the Mercedes-AMG GT for 2021 coming to the U.S.
The newest model gets a horsepower boost of 54 ponies for the new model year to 523 hp. More horses means a lower 0-to-60-mph time of 3.7 seconds — 0.2 second drop. The partners also improved the car’s overall handling with the AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and the electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
The new 2021 AMG GT Coupe and Roadster models will arrive at U.S. dealers in early 2021. The company is offering a new “Stealth Edition” variant, which follows the recent debut of the GT Black series, which is equal parts track car and everyday driver.
Buyers can order the “Stealth Edition” for the GT coupe and soft top. This new special edition includes the AMG Exterior Night Package, black brake calipers, the AMG radiator grille in dark chrome, headlamps with black elements, and mixed-size tires with 19-inch matte black Y-spoke wheels on the front, and 20-inch wheels on the rear.
Other features of the “Stealth Edition” include the carbon-fiber roof with dark-tinted areas on the Coupe, and a black soft top on the Roadster. The choice of paint finishes include black as standard, in addition to obsidian black metallic, selenite grey metallic or designo graphite grey magno as options.
The interior of the “Stealth Edition” also features a sporty, exclusive look. Equipment includes AMG Performance seats, AMG Interior Night Package, AMG steering wheel in Dinamica microfiber with black steering wheel spokes and shift paddles, upholstery in exclusive nappa-style leather in black with diamond quilting, black topstitching and trim elements in black piano lacquer (optionally in carbon fiber/black piano lacquer). A unique badge in the center console also denotes this special model.
Mercedes offered a look at the GT Black Series in July. The Black version is powered by the most powerful AMG V8 series engine of all time: a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo motor with dry sump lubrication and new flat-plane crankshaft. It puts out 720 horsepower between 6,700-6,900 rpm and 590 pound-feet of maximum torque across a huge range of 2,000 to 6,000 rpm.
The new model achieves a top speed of 202 mph, and you’ll get nearly a third of the way there – 60 mph – from a standing start in just 3.1 seconds. The car will get to 124 mph in just six seconds and the automaker warns that reaching the top speed “is only sensible on closed-off racetracks.” All are significant upgrades from the original iteration.
The GT Black is really designed for the racetrack, not only under the hood, but also on the exterior. The engineers drew inspiration from a racecar so aerodynamically its slippery. However, they didn’t stop there it naturally features all of the splitters and adaptive wings and other affectations, but they also used concepts straight from the AMG GT3 and GT4 racers on this model.
The company hasn’t released pricing information on the new model, but it’s likely one of the best examples of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”