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Head 2 Head: Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series vs Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Mercedes-Benz is taking the fight to Porsche with its new track-focused AMG GT Black Series. So, we thought it would be the right time to see how it compares with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Style

An AMG GT R is no slouch around a racetrack. The Black Series takes it a notch higher with a teutonic engine wrapped in the most aggressive bodywork permitted by regulations, just shy of a GT3 race car.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series-1

The aero package on the AMG GT Black Series is quite something. It has a manually adjustable front splitter. Canards guide air around the front bumper, while louvres on the fenders help reduce the pressure inside the wheel arches. At the rear, is a massive spoiler. The upper wing comes with an electronically controlled flap that can be adjusted by 20 degrees. The vented hood and other bodypanels are all made from carbon fiber to save weight.

Frankly, the 911 GT2 RS looks a bit soft in front of the AMG GT Black Series. However, it too features a serious aero package. It has a prominent splitter with large intakes on the front and louvres on the fenders. At the rear, it gets a larger diffuser and an adjustable spoiler.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series-4

Both cars are based off high-performance GTs and retain most of their creature comforts. The 911 GT2 RS comes with carbon-backed sports seats and a roll cage. The Black Series also gets body-hugging carbon seats and roll over protection.

Performance

The AMG GT Black Series is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that pumps out 720 hp @ 6700-6900 rpm and 590 lb-ft @ 2000-6000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Mercedes claims that it will hit 62 mph 3.2 seconds, while 0-124 mph comes up in under 9 seconds. Top speed is 202 mph.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series – Technical Specifications

Engine4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8
Power720 hp @ 6700-6900 rpm
Torque590 lb-ft @ 2000-6000 rpm
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Acceleration (0-62 mph)3.2 seconds
Top Speed202 mph

 

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Road Atlanta Record

The Porsche packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine which has been tuned to 700 hp and produces 553 lb-ft of torque. The engine is hooked up to a 7-speed PDK. The GT2 RS accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.7 sec and has a top speed of 211 mph.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS – Technical Specifications

Engine3.8-liter Twin-Turbo flat-6 cylinder
Power700 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque553 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Acceleration (0-62 mph)2.7 seconds
Top Speed211 mph

 

If you compare the spec sheets, the AMG GT Black Series and the 911 GT2 RS have similar figures. However, the Black Series’ V8 engine generates higher peak torque and sustains it across a wider rev range. This should help with driveability. The Porsche is noticeably quicker to 62 mph than the AMG and also has a higher top speed. We suspect that could be down to the aero which seems to be configured for more downforce.

Price

Porsche had planned to produce just 1000 units of the 911 GT2 RS, which was based off the 991-gen car. The car cost $294,450 when new. Unfortunately, Mercedes is yet to announce the price for the AMG GT Black Series. It is also expected to be built in limited numbers.

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