Mercedes-AMG Promises to Never Ruin Black Series With SUVs

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
mercedes amg promises to never ruin black series with suvs

While black edition vehicles have become all the rage of late, there’s only one lineup that you really need to care about — and that’s the Mercedes-AMG Black Series. Despite the name, Black Series models have very little to do with color. They’re all about the brand’s Performance Studio in Affalterbach savagely goosing a standard AMG coupe, resulting in a vehicle operating on the outer limits of what’s theoretically possible without getting NASA involved.

However, the lesser go-fast AMG models are getting mighty common these days. Mercedes-Benz recently decided to attach the AMG badge to practically every model that isn’t a hybrid and a lot of them seem unnecessary. The V6-powered Mercedes GLE43 and C43 may be stellar driving machines, but did the brand really need to call them AMG’s when they aren’t top-trim performance models? This has created some concern that the no-compromise Black Series could become watered down as Daimler allows the nameplate to ooze onto undeserving models.

Thankfully, Germany says those fears are unfounded. AMG Black Series models will only ever be tuned-up, limited-edition coupes — even though the brand once affixed the Black Series name to a high-performance cigarette boat.

Speaking to AutoGuide during the 2018 New York International Auto Show, AMG director Tobias Moers confirmed that the mere suggestion of a Black Series SUV would be utterly ridiculous. “No, no, no, no… never,” Moers chuckled during the interview. “Black Series is for the racetrack.”

For those of you not counting, that was four neins and a never. But if AMG Black isn’t going to build SUVs and has already confirmed it is going to bail on designing another C63 coupe, what exactly will be its next vehicle?

“Black Series is dedicated to two-door cars,” Moers said. “And you know with GT lineup, there’s no sense of a C-Class Coupe Black Series.”

That really only leaves the AMG S65 and the GT Coupes. But the S65 seems incredibly unlikely if it’s to be the fastest Mercedes on a racetrack. AMG would need need to lighten the car quite a bit and push its engine to scary levels of performance, which would result in an astronomical price tag. The S65 already costs around $240,000; a Black Series version doesn’t make a lot of sense. But AMG could massage a bit more power from the GT R’s 4.0-liter biturbo, tweak the suspension, lighten it, and keep the whole package under a quarter million bucks.

When questioned about the GT Coupe’s future, Moers was noncommittal. “GT S Roadster is coming to the market now, and you know, we have in the past something called Black Series, so let’s wait and see,” the AMG boss said.

We’re under the assumption that Daimler probably doesn’t want anything stealing the convertible coupe’s thunder while it’s the hot ticket item, and Moers knows better than to sabotage the company by breaking news of a Black Series GT in an untimely manner. That doesn’t guarantee the model is forthcoming but AMG is working on something of the black variety and it almost has to be GT-related. If Daimler can build a Black Series SLS, it could definitely do the same for the GT Coupe.

[Image: Daimler]

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  • Kyree Kyree on Apr 04, 2018

    But that’s just it: wasn’t there a C63 AMG Black Series for the previous C-Class Coupe? Or are they saying that because of the AMG GT, it’s no longer necessary?

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Apr 04, 2018

    Pinky swear? Cross your heart and hope to die? *3 years pass* Mercedes-AMG Debuts GLC63 Black Series- "A Stunning Intersection Of Race Bred Performance And Family Fun" BUT YOU PROMISED!!!!!!

  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.
  • Cardave5150 I've had 2 different 300's - an '08 300SRT and an '18 300C. Loved them both a LOT, although, by the time I had the second one, I wasn't altogether thrilled with the image of 300's out on the street, as projected by the 3rd or 4th buyers of the cars.I always thought that the car looked a little stubby behind the rear wheels - something that an extra 3-4" in the trunk area would have greatly helped.When the 300 was first launched, there were invitation-only meet-and-greets at the dealerships, reminding me of the old days when new model-year launches were HUGE. At my local dealer, they were all in formalwear (tuxes and elegant dresses) with a nice spread of food. They gave out crystal medallions of the 300 in a sweet little velvet box (I've got mine around the house somewhere). I talked to a sales guy for about 5 minutes before I asked if we could take one of the cars out (a 300C with the 5.7 Hemi). He acted like he'd been waiting all evening for someone to ask that - we jumped in the car and went out - that thing, for the time, seemed to fly.Corey - when it comes time for it, don't forget to mention the slightly-stretched wheelbase 300 (I think it was the 300L??). I've never found one for sale (not that I've looked THAT hard), as they only built them for a couple of years.
  • Jkross22 "I’m doing more for the planet by continuing to drive my vehicle than buying a new one for strictly frivolous reasons."It's not possible to repeat this too much.
  • Jeff S Got to give credit to Chrysler for putting the 300 as a rear wheel drive back on the market. This will be a future classic.