As expected, the Mercedes-AMG GT R has been introduced as a demonic spawn from the Green Hell.
Mercedes-AMG claims that never in its history has it packed a production vehicle with more motorsport technology than what’s found in the GT R. And it might be hard to argue, despite the fact that the SLS AMG does live in the history books. Developed at the world famous Nurburgring, which is also known as The Green Hell, the Mercedes-AMG GT R features a V8 biturbo engine rated at 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That’s 74 more ponies and 37 more twist than the already impressive Mercedes-AMG GT S.
But there’s a lot more to the AMG GT R than just what lurks under the hood. The suspension has been extensively modified, the aerodynamics are new and an adjustable AMG Traction Control system has been implemented that is derived from the AMG GT3 race car.
Although the horsepower and torque figures will carry over to the U.S., Mercedes-AMG has not revealed the final weight for the U.S. model. But in Europe, the Mercedes-AMG GT R tips the scales at 3,428 pounds allowing it to go from zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while top speed is set at 198 mph. The AMG GT S in comparison does the same sprint in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph. The 4.0-liter V8 powerplant is mated to the same seven-speed AMG SpeedShift DCT found in the AMG GT and GT S models.
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What’s also unique on the GT R variant is an AMG Panamericana grille with 15 chrome-plated vertical fins, inspired by the AMG GT3 race car. On all four corners are forged aluminum wheels sized 19×10 in the front and 20×12 in the rear, paired to sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The model also comes standard with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, adjustable AMG coilover suspension, AMG Dynamic Plus package, AMG Performance seats and active aerodynamics.
Unfortunately, despite all the talk of the Mercedes-AMG GT R being developed at the Nurburgring, the German automaker didn’t disclose any lap times in its press release. The model will arrive by mid-2017, the company promises, with pricing to be announced closer to its release.
“With the new AMG GT R, we have reached the next level of driving performance,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. “This road-going sports car with motor-racing genes and innovative technical solutions offers an ultimate driving experience that allows people to feel our motorsport origins in every fiber. It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. Those with gasoline in their veins will be thrilled by the radical longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the precise turn-in and the sensational grip. We have modified all performance-relevant components and linked them together intelligently for maximum driving dynamics.”
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