The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has grabbed the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for production vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz’s Affalterbach-based performance division says GT3 racer Maro Engel set a time of 6:43,616 minutes on the 20,6 km track (measured without the straight at track section T13) and 6:48,047 minutes for the 20,832 km total track (measured with the straight at track section T13).
That’s quick enough to beat the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (which managed 6:44,97 minutes on the 20,6 km track in 2018) and grab the title.
Interestingly, Mercedes says conditions “were not quite ideal” on the day of the record early in November 2020, with light fading, an outside temperature of 7 degrees Celsius and some patches of track “not yet totally dry”.
“That was a really impressive ride. With speeds of up to almost 270 km/h in the Kesselchen section of the track or well over 300 km/h on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car,” said Engel.
“To finally drive around the Nordschleife in 6:48,047 minutes with a production road car in these track conditions is really awesome. Like my GT3 race car, the AMG GT Black Series offers a lot of adjustment possibilities, all of which enabled me to create a setup that was tailor-made for me."
Revealed in July 2020, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series draws its urge from Affalterbach’s most powerful series V8 engine yet. Thanks to a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 re-engineered with a flat crankshaft, the Black Series churns out 537 kW and 800 N.m.
All that oomph is delivered to the rear axle via a strengthened version of the firm’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (with “slightly modified” gear ratios). As a result, the sprint from standstill to 100 km/h takes a claimed 3,2 seconds, with the 200 km/h mark reached in less than nine seconds. The top speed is listed as 325 km/h.
Watch the record lap below…
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