Numbers first. The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series lurks a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that gushes out a healthy 537 kW of power and a whopping 800 Nm of torque.

The engine sends all that amount of power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed DCT transmission that Mercedes-AMG says it delivers smooth gear changes.  Here’s the thing. Mercedes-AMG has done significant internal changes to the engine, enough to call this a new engine as well as slapping it with a new internal designation of M178 LS2.

The engine is said to deliver peak power outputs between 6 700 rpm and 6 900 rpm while the redline comes in at 7 200.  Speaking of performance, the AMG GT Black Series dashes from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds before hitting the top speed at 325 km/h.

In terms of design, the AMG GT Black Series comes with a larger grille while the front bumper has a manually adjustable splitter. For better cooling and aerodynamic efficiency, there are big vents on the hood as well as on the fenders.

The rear features a new bumper with a double diffuser plus a two-piece spoiler up top. The Black Series spawns an adjustable coil-over setup from the AMG GT R. The AMG Ride Control is also part of the package. There are new drive modes and adjustable setting for camber and sway bars.

It runs on standard 10-spoke wheels; 19-inch in front while the rear gets 20-inch. There are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tyres that have been specially customized for the Black Series.

Inside and unlike the other AMG GTs, the Black Series comes with different trim as well as different badging. There is an AMG Performance steering wheel; depending on your taste, buyers can opt for the orange or silver trim for the interior.

Mercedes-AMG says the GT Black Series will be on sale in early 2021 and it remains to be seen if the German marque has plans to bring it in SA.