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Mercedes-AMG To Resurrect Black Series Moniker

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On: Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 2:09PM | By: Carl Malek


Mercedes-AMG To Resurrect Black Series Moniker

With the Black Series moniker currently on the shelf following its most recent application on the now out of production SLS supercar, Mercedes Benz has revealed that it will eventually revive the Black Series nameplate for upcoming flagship versions of its AMG lineup.

This bit of good news was revealed by Tobias Moers who said that the Black Series name hasn't been completely retired, though first impressions may seem to counteract that notion since the Black Series has so far not been used on any of the recent performance models the company has unveiled. Instead, AMG plans to use the moniker only on range-topping flagship models "that make sense", possibly suggesting that it will be mainly limited to AMG's traditional car lineup versus its growing arsenal of CUVs.

"It will be necessary in the future, but for now the base cars are so good," Moers revealed in an interview with the folks at Autocar. "The Black Series must be at the top of the hill, but i don't know when or on what model yet." This follows up on a promise Moers delivered to assembled media last year when he revealed that AMG would bring a new AMG GT that would be a worthy recipient of the Black Series title, though he did not reveal a formal time frame on when that would actually happen. However, on the more immediate side of things, Moers did reaffirm the performance divisions commitment to further expand the GT model family which could include a high performance variant that takes full aim at the benchmark of the segment the Porsche 911 GT3.

In addition, the AMG division has redoubled its efforts to improve a wider range of Mercedes Benz models to open up the AMG driving experience to new buyers, though he did candidly reveal that he plans to achieve this objective without the help of a range-topping halo car, thus silencing rumors that a sucessor to the SLS supercar was in the works. "It's not all about having 900 n-m (664 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm. It's about making the cars more sophisticated, more precise. Improving everything a little bit." While a tad vague, Moers words are encouraging news to enthusiasts, and we look forward to seeing what other tricks AMG has up its sleeve for the near future.

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