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The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

We have a double dose of AMG GT Black Series spy shots to bring you today, with Mercedes’ incoming track day king papped both in northern Sweden and at the Nurburgring.

Our two main takeaways from the bumper batch of pictures? That’d be the big face and the giant rear wing.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

The wing is far larger than what was fitted to both the AMG GT R Pro and this car’s predecessor – the SLS Black Series. It’s a two-step design and has an adjustable flap in the middle of the upper part, shown to be raised in the winter testing shots.

The gigantified grille, meanwhile, is directly inspired by the AMG GT3 racer. Under the new mouth is a low-hanging splitter, and it’s flanked by what look to be huge brake cooling ducts. The heavily-sculpted, vented bonnet is also wildly different to anything we’ve seen from the AMG GT range thus far, but as for what’s under it, that’s a mystery.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been spotted before, but the bodywork has evolved significantly since then

A more powerful iteration of the M178 dry-sumped twin-turbo V8 would have been our first guess, but the spy photographers behind these shots claim the prototypes emit a sound unlike any other 4.0-litre AMG. Could AMG be going for a flat-plane setup?

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

Whatever Afalterbach has cooked up, we’re expecting a power output to be a considerable improvement upon the 577bhp belted out by the GT R and GT R pro. A figure starting with a ‘6’ is all-but guaranteed.

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Has A Giant Wing And A Huge Face - News

In terms of the chassis, the Black Series may use the GT R Pro’s GT4-spec dampers as a starting point. Zoom in enough, and we can see that the tyres fitted to the ‘Ring prototype are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, matching the boot choice of the GT R and GT R pro.

Expect to see the car in full later this year, ahead of a launch in 2021.

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Lexus IS Black Line Special Edition debuts in Australia

Lexus Australia has introduced the IS Black Line Special Edition, available in IS 300 and IS 350 guises only. The former, which is priced from AUD$69,707 (RM172k), is available in 105 units, whereas the IS 350 variant is priced from AUD$75,522 (RM186k) and limited to 45 units.

As the name suggests, it gets black accents for the exterior and interior, starting with the gloss black spindle grille, black side mirror caps, and gloss black twin-five spoke 18-inch alloys. Four exterior colours are offered, those being White Nova, Liquid Metal, Graphite Black, and Cobalt Mica.

For the interior, they get an Exclusive Black/Grey finish, a colour scheme that extends from the dashboard and door cards to the seat upholstery. There’s also an Indigo Wood trim on the top of the F Sport steering wheel, which matches the blue textured trims on the window switch surround and passenger-side dashboard insert. LED puddle lamps is available, projecting the Lexus logo onto the ground.

This is on top of standard features such as bi-LED headlights, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, power-adjustable steering column, dual-zone climate control, 10.3-inch widescreen display, 10-speaker audio system, GPS navigation, voice control, and rear parking sensors.

An Enhancement Pack is available for the IS 300 Black Line Special Edition, which bundles a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and moonroof for AUD$4,000 (RM9.8k). The IS 350 Black Line gets the Mark Levinson unit as standard, but the moonroof can be had for AUD$2,500 (RM6.1k). For safety, there’s lane departure warning+ with sway warning system, active cruise control, as well as pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

Lastly, for performance, the IS 300 is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which makes 240 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the IS 350 gets a 3.5 litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine producing 311 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Both share an eight-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles; the IS 300 does the century sprint in seven seconds, while the IS 350 gets there in 5.9 seconds.

The pair, being sporty variants, shares the same hardware as F Sport variants. That includes adaptive variable suspension, high-friction front brake pads, sports seats with driver memory settings, smart key card, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Lexus Australia boss Scott Thompson said the IS Black Line Special Edition is designed for customers seeking greater individualisation. “Lexus is renowned for focusing on the nuanced appointments that distinguish it as a tailored luxury lifestyle brand, and the Black Line Special Edition enables customers to choose an IS with more tactile finishes and sleeker visual cues,” Mr Thompson said.

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Toyota 86 GT Black Limited – 86-unit farewell edition

Looks like the end is near for the Toyota 86, because the popular sports car is getting a farewell special edition. Although there’s no “final” in the name, the Toyota 86 GT Black Limited follows the path of the previous Black Limited, a farewell special edition for the AE86 that surfaced in January 1986. The Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex Black Limited that you see above was limited to 400 units.

We knew this was coming when we saw the Black Limited at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year. There was no fanfare surrounding the black car (and the original Hachiroku BL beside it) as all attention was on the GR Yaris on stage. Turns out that the car you see here is identical to the TAS 2020 example we showed you.

Like its ancestor, the 86 GT Black Limited is fully in black, with bronze 17-inch alloys as the only exterior contrast. Perhaps more prominent are the red Brembo brake calipers behind the wheels, and there are also special Sachs shock absorbers. Unseen, but there are black floor undercovers beneath the car.

Inside, it’s all black, and the suede-like Granlux trim is used on the dashboard. There’s a bronze embroidered 86 Black Limited logo next to the passenger air vent, and the seats are a mixture of leather and Alcantara. As far as special editions go, this one is very subtle – it doesn’t even have gold exterior emblems or decals like the old car.

Still, it’s good looking and bound to be a collectible. Toyota will release 86 units of the 86 GT Black Limited, split evenly between six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, making it 43 each. Order books open today in Japan and will remain so till April 16. Remaining units after the ballot, if any, will be released to dealers in May. The price is 3,518,600 yen (RM144,499) for the manual, and 67,400 yen (RM2,767) more for the auto.

The good news is that this isn’t the end of the 86. Toyota and Subaru will be working together again for the next-generation 86 and BRZ – more on that here.

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Brabus 800 Black & Gold Edition revealed – modified Mercedes-AMG G63 with 800 PS, 1,000 Nm 4L V8

Brabus isn’t quite done fiddling with the Mercedes-AMG G 63, and has unveiled the new 800 Black & Gold Edition, which joins the previous Black Ops 800 and Shadow 800. Priced at 380,672 euros (RM1,787,447), the souped-up SUV features all the things you’d expect from a Brabus-prepared vehicle.

For starters, the M177 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 gets two high-performance turbochargers and other modifications to push out 800 PS (789 hp) and 1,000 Nm of torque; this represents an increase of 215 PS (212 hp) and 150 Nm from stock.

The added power has some impact on performance, as the zero to 100 km/h time has been slashed by 0.4 seconds to 4.1 seconds, while the top speed is up by 20 km/h to 240 km/h. To make sure the V8 is heard by those around you, there’s a Brabus stainless steel sport exhaust system with integrated actively controlled exhaust flaps. The system also comes with a “coming home” mode for moments when a more discreet exhaust note is required.

As for the styling, the company’s Widestar body kit comes as standard, which adds 40 mm to the overall width thanks to the included fender flares and more aggressive bumpers. Other individual highlights include a top-mounted bonnet attachment and LED light units located on the roof.

Following the name of the model, the body is painted black, while other bits like the brake calipers and emblems finished in gold. The 800 Black & Gold Edition also gets a set of 23-inch forged Brabus Monoblock Y “Platinum Edition” alloy wheels, which are painted gold and shod with 305/35 profile Advan Sport tyres.

While it may look subdued on the outside, the interior is a whole different story. Brabus has been very generous with the gold touches in the cabin, as almost every contact point gets the bright finish. Finer details like the stitching on the quilted leather upholstery also come with gold thread, while carbon-fibre trim pieces provide some contrast.

For the rear passenger compartment, the default seat bench has been taken out and replaced with two individual seats and a dedicated centre console. The latter comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen control panel that allows those in the rear to access various seat functions and move the front passenger seat if more legroom is needed.

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