While it’s starting to get tiring to keep seeing headlights about new Nurburgring records, including Mercedes’ most recent made-up title claim with the four-door GT63 S being the quickest “luxury class” vehicle, this record claim isn’t one we could ignore. The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series just became the ultimate king of production cars on the ring, establishing a lap time of 6:43.61, beating out the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ by a mere 1.36 seconds.
The gap doesn’t seem like much, and it’s really not, but what’s really important here is that the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is a front-engined car – something that makes its claim to the title rather significant. It pushed itself past all the rear- and mid-engined cars to hit the record, and is now the only front-engined production car to break below the 7-minute barrier on the ring, with the closest competitor being the Dodge Viper ACR, which made the run in 7:01. The run was also made without any special aftermarket tweaks or other adjustments that can’t be made by those who also own a GT Black Series.
The adjustments there were made, were rather subtle. To make the run possible, AMG engineers dialed in the prolific suspension settings just right. This included a 0.2-inch drop in the front and 0.1-inch suspension drop in the rear. They also adjusted camber by 3.8 degrees negative in the front and 3.0 degrees in the rear. The adjustable sway bar settings were shifting to max stiffness. The driver was also switching between different traction drive modes depending on where he was at on the track. It should be noted that this isn’t cheating as this is all part of the production car. Mercedes made this run on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2MO tires – another piece of standard equipment for the GT Black Series.
There were no drivetrain modifications made, so the record-setting GT Black Series was putting down the same 720 horsepower from the same 4.0-liter V-8 engine, all of which was sent to the rear wheels. The GT Black Series didn’t hit its top speed of 202 mph on the run, but thanks to the car’s impressive aerodynamics, it was able to maintain speeds “well above 186 mph” throughout the run.