Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine concept with a transaxle layout features a more powerful engine, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction which all lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.
Even from afar, the exclusive "AMG green hell magno" special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car's origin, having spent most of its development time in the "Green Hell" of the Nürburgring Racetrack.
The new front fascia with active elements, the large rear aerofoil and the new rear fascia with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip. The lightweight forged wheels, shod with cup tyres as standard, are likewise designed for maximum driving dynamics.
The same applies to other new features such as the active rear-wheel steering, the nine-way adjustable traction control system and the adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control. What’s more, the new AMG Panamericana grille emphasises the unique standing of the AMG GT R. Its characteristic form with vertical fins celebrated its world première on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer-sport racing car and now - for the first time - features on an AMG production vehicle.
The third member of the AMG GT family is the new spearhead of the AMG model range. Featuring pioneering technologies, the AMG GT R was designed with racetrack use firmly in mind. Its development was largely based on vast motor racing experience in AMG GT3 customer sport and the German Touring Car Masters. It 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 now develops 430kW and 700Nm of torque which means that it takes just 3.6 seconds to hit 100km/h from zero. The car will carry on until a top speed of 318km/h. These figures, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics, will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.
Will it be coming to South Africa? Well, we sure do hope so; however, we doubt it will be in large numbers and we also suspect that it will carry a rather hefty price tag.