2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Video, First Look

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Mercedes-AMG brought its new, top-of-the-line GT R to the 2016 Monterey Car Week.

Powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT R packs a serious punch with 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But it’s not just more performance that the German automaker has added to the GT model, with the suspension getting overhauled for faster lap times, along with new aerodynamics and updated electronics that include an adjustable AMG Traction Control system derviced from the AMG GT3 racecar. Up front, the GT R gets a unique grille compared to the other GT models, while the rear features a center-mounted exhaust.

2016 Monterey Car Week Coverage

Final specifications for the U.S. model have not been announced, but the European version will weigh in at 3,428 pounds. The result is a zero-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph, making it 0.2 seconds faster than the GT S. Curiously, Mercedes-AMG didn’t announced just how fast the GT R has lapped the Nurburgring, but we expect that to be revealed soon.

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