It is now official. Mercedes has decided on killing the AMG GT R in the United States. The top of the range will subsequently be the Black Series variant, that the German car maker revealed this past fall.
A leaked email to dealerships reveals that the premium car maker will discontinue the Mercedes-AMG GT R in the United States of America after the 2021 Model Year.
A Mercedes-Benz USA spokesperson confirmed the information for Carscoops. “The highly anticipated new Mercedes-AMG G Black Series will become the new flagship for the GT two-door model range, while the Mercedes-AMG GT R has been discontinued for the U.S. market”, the company’s representative stated.
A wide gap for Mercedes to fill between the AMG GT R and the AMG GT Black Series
Mercedes worried that the Black Series and the GT R would end up cannibalizing each other’s sales. But if the choice will turn out right, it remains to be seen. A downside would be the sky-high price of the Black Series compared to that of the GT R. The latter starts at $162,900 in the U.S.. It is the price customers get for the 4.0-liter V8-powered coupe with 577 horsepower. The two-seater is capable of running from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds.
The Black Series variant is thus 0.4 seconds faster, due to the 720 horsepower provided by the same 4.0-liter V8. The model, that reaches a top speed of 325 km/h, starts at $325,000. The top of the range model has become the fastest series production car to lap the Green Hell of Nurburgring, with 6:43.616, being 1.3 seconds faster than its contender, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
All these figures show that there is wide gap in terms of power and price for Mercedes to fill between them.
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