2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R raises the bar, now ready for Goodwood debut

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 2, 2016

Back in 2014, Mercedes-Benz’s high performance division, the Mercedes-AMG GmbH (AMG in short), debuted a two-door two-seat grand tourer coupe that was built to challenge the Porsche 911. Unveiled to the public during the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG GT was built to last in a faceoff with its arch nemesis, the Porsche 911.

The Mercedes-AMG GT has two performance options: the standard GT and the high performance GT S. Both cars run on the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine except that the GT is slightly less powerful with 469 horsepower and 433 lb.-ft. torque on tap while the GT S has 503 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. torque. Of course, since there is a difference in power, there is also a slight difference in the acceleration time.

The GT can sprint through 60 mph in 3.9 seconds while the GT S can go in only 3.7 seconds – only a 0.2 second difference. Moreover, the GT can hit a top speed of only 202 mph, 8 mph slower than that of the 210 mph on the GT S.

Its exterior design has a bit of similarity with the 911 while the nose running down to its sides remind us of the previous SLS AMG GT model. Instead of the same gullwings found in the SLS AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG GT has the normal car doors. Handling has also been improved – with the nose slightly shorter for inertia to be focused closer to the driver’s centerline and an improved electronic locking differential on its rear end.

Not long after the release of the GT and GTS models, comes another member of its power lineup – the AMG GT R. From the sporty GT grand tourer, the AMG GT R is a heavy-weight supercar transformation. The said version will have its first public appearance at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming June 23rd up to the 26th – particularly at the Michelin-sponsored Supercar Paddock display.

The GT R will have the same aluminium platform similar to its base model but with an upgraded 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. With an expected power close to 600 horsepower (around 97 horsepower increase from the GT S), this AMG GT flagship will easily climb its way up the fabled Hill Climb making it look like a simple stroll at the park. The GT R is also expected to have an improved aerodynamic package, more aggressive than the base model, which includes a large front splitter, a massive rear spoiler, winglets on the front fascia and quarter panels as well as wider fenders that serve as housing for its low profile rubber-wrapped wheels and big brakes.

Michelin has also hinted that the AMG GT R could pave the way for a better and more powerful Black Series model. But as of the moment, we’re all excited about this car’s first appearance alongside 40 other (new) performance cars in the likes of the Aston Martin DB11, Honda NSX, BMW M4 GTS and the McLaren 570 GT. Moreover, expect surprise debuts from powerhouses Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Announcing the who’s who in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed might defeat the purpose of surprising the guests but it could also be a strategy to pump up excitement and curiousity. We’ve got high expectation for this year’s show and we’re hoping that the automakers won’t disappoint.

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