As with all new car launches we like to give you a simple breakdown of things you need to know and since the Mercedes-AMG GT R made its debut at the Goodwood FoS this weekend, there is what it is all about!
- 90kg lighter than AMG GT S (1,554 kg)
- 4.0-litre biturbo V8 pumps out 577 hp and 700 Nm
- Seven-speed gearbox tweaked to deliver faster shifts
- 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, tops out at 318 km/h
- AMG GT3 inspired body kit more suited for track use
- Active aero in the underbody
- Active Rear-Wheel steering
- Manually adjustable sports bucket seats upholstered in Nappa leather
- AMG Interior Night Package is standard
- Special exhaust system that sounds completely bonkers
“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 fibre. It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. Those with petrol 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.”
Visually, it all starts with the stance, which is a lot more aggressive now. The body kit is partly inspired by the AMG GT3 race car, as is the new vertical slatted grille. Also noticeable are the chunky air intakes, the large rear wing, double rear diffuser and the new lightweight 10-spoke 20″ forged wheels, wrapped in grippy Michelin Cup 2 rubber.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT R goes on sale on November 21st 2016, with its European market launch scheduled for March 2017.
We highly doubt there will be a roadster version but that has not stopped the digital artists from styling one (see end of post).