Mercedes-AMG will eventually revive Black Series branding
The performance division promises new flagship models, but no direct successor to the SLS is planned.
Mercedes-Benz promises to eventually revive the Black Series branding for flagship AMG models, however a direct successor to the SLS is still not on the product roadmap, company executives have said.
AMG boss Tobias Moers suggests the Black Series name hasn't been completely retired. It has not adorned any recent debuts, as the company is waiting to place the name on range-topping models that make sense.
"It will be necessary in the future, but for now the base cars are so good," the executive told Autocar in a recent interview. "The Black Series must be at the top of the hill, but I don't know when or on what model yet."
Moers last year promised to deliver a new AMG GT worthy of the Black Series title, though he did not outline a time frame. He has now reaffirmed a broad commitment to expand the GT lineup, including a higher-performance edition that will be squarely aimed at the Porsche 911 GT3.
The AMG division has continued to refocus its efforts to improve a wider range of Mercedes-Benz models, and Moers voices confidence that the brand will continue to perform without a direct successor to the SLS as a halo car.
"It's not all about having 900 N-m (664 lb-ft) of torque at 2000rpm," he said. "It's about making the cars more sophisticated, more precise. Improving everything a little bit."