- Since 2006, the Black Series designation represents the most direct translation of motorsport technology into street-legal vehicles.
- An all-new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine propels 720 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque through the familiar AMG GT chassis.
- Despite an advanced aerodynamic package, the AMG GT Black Series is still able to achieve a top speed of 202 mph.
- Vossen thought this to be the perfect platform to debut their latest Series 21 wheels — this AMG wears the S21-02 Carbon wheel — which starts at $5,750 each.
Mercedes describes the AMG GT Black Series as “the most AMG AMG ever”. I’m not exactly sure what that means but can break this car down by its stats: 720 hp, 590 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and a 202 mph top speed. Judging by these numbers, the AMG GT Black Series must be mind-bogglingly boggling.
The car certainly makes a first impression that aligns with its report card. Seeing the AMG GT Black Series for the first time, it looks like a car that could eat you alive. Refreshingly enough, it’s unmistakably potent without taking on a stereotypical supercar shape. What it does resemble is its GT3 racing program brethren, save for all of the graphics.
“Based closely on the racing program’s GT3, the GT Black Series is as close as you can get to the real thrill of the race. Not only is it the most powerful AMG ever, but it’s also the most aerodynamic, contains the most intelligent mix of materials, and boasts the most impressive driving dynamics.” – Mercedes AMG Press
The reviews all corroborate AMG’s intent in spades. It is, reportedly, the last of the truly petrol-powered examples — the next generation is expected to carry some voltage.
THE HYPERCAR WHEEL
To sum it all up, the AMG GT Black Series is a serious car. Its resolute personality is a fitting pair to Vossen’s latest creation, something they call the Series 21 wheel program. For all intents and purposes, this is Vossen’s Black Series, a program to push boundaries with exotic materials and dynamic designs for strictly high-end applications. The AMG GT Black Series is shod with a set of S21-02 Carbon wheels — their lightest wheel ever produced — which features titanium hardware, increased pocketing for optimal weight loss, and crucially, a carbon fiber barrel. By default, the S21-02 is available in Satin Black as a sinister complement to the gloss carbon barrel, but its aluminum face can be finished in 1 of 48 custom finishes depending on how much attention you’re trying to attract.
Attention is an important factor at this price point. More than the means to buy the car, you’re expecting entry into a very exclusive club. Parking next to an equivalent AMG GT Black Series is simply not an option, so I think it’s a worthy exercise for Vossen to offer another level of individualism for such a lofty demographic.
THE HYPERCAR EFFECT
Before putting pen to paper for this article, I asked Vossen whether the car had any other mods. I immediately regretted the inquiry knowing full well that people who are willing to spend more than the average cost of a home on a car expect it to be almost perfect from the jump. Soon after, I got my response: “The only mods on the car are our wheels and Xpel PPF.” Pretty much expected that.
That said, it takes a certain kind of bravery to look at a car like this and aim to improve upon the recipe. Vossen’s collective team — from design, engineering, manufacturing, and finishing — truly believes that it created something hypercar-worthy. I’m not in any position to tell them otherwise because the response speaks for itself. Cars with six-figure stickers, including 918 Spyder, 992 GT3, GTC4 Lusso, Aventador SVJ, and Bentley ownership have been quick to embrace the Series 21 lineup with open arms.
This adoption rate has reflected supremely well on Vossen as a brand; in turn, it has put in the work to keep up with its rapidly ascending reputation. It is one of the few companies that can now tout in-house manufacturing across its entire range.
Engineered art, then, seems to be a perfect mantra. Vossen owners are proud to be affiliated with the brand, so much so that there is a lifestyle component to its business that seems to be swelling as well. More than t-shirts and hats, Vossen’s catalog boasts watches, money clips, mouse pads, stickers, valve stem caps, plate frames, and even its own wheel detailer spray.
Obviously, then, Vossen is proficient at keeping trend. And its in-house manufacturing commitment will only allow the company to sustain that pace as new materials, techniques, and innovations arise. It’s an exciting time for the brand and certainly, an exciting opportunity for us to witness its growth path realized on such a statement car. While the GT Black Series might be the most AMG AMG ever, the Series 21 lineup is, by every definition, the most epic Vossen wheel, too.