Mercedes-AMG GT R is the latest speed predator out to challenge Porsche’s sports cars

Article by Christian A., on February 15, 2017

Be prepared, Porsche! Mercedes-Benz is going all-out with its newest and sportiest model so far – the new Mercedes-AMG GT R. With its sporty yet very elegant design as well as the power lurking under its aggressively shaped bonnet, the new Mercedes-AMG GT R is poised to capture the hearts of those who believe that luxury could also sportily dynamic.

Wrapped in exclusive "AMG green hell magno" special paintwork, the AMG GT R boasts of the so-called AMG Panamericana grille with 15 chrome-plated vertical fins evoking the appearance of the new AMG GT3 racing car.

This forward-inclined AMG Panamericana grille and the sports car’s low-slung front section create a distinct V-shaped "shark nose" that helps lowers the back-pressure point, thereby enhancing airflow and the aerodynamic performance of the new AMG GT R.

Powertrain

A basic characteristic of any dynamic production car with track ambition is a superior amount of power that is perfectly complemented by other components. Just like other AMG GT models, the AMG GT R is powered by 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, this V8 engine is more potent than the V8 powerplant found under the bonnet of the second most powerful AMG GT – the AMG GT S. In fact, the AMG GT R V8 delivers 74 hp (to 577 hp or 430 kW) more output and 37 lb.-ft. (to 516 lb.-ft. or 700 Nm) more torque than the AMG GT S engine.

However, power is not the sole denominator in delivering a thrilling and exciting drive. As said, the V8 engine is perfectly complemented by other components of the AMG GT R. After all, the new AMG GT R makes use of intelligent lightweight construction that incorporates aluminum and carbon with specific reinforcements in the body shell. It also boasts of new aerodynamics with active components as well as a specifically modified suspension system with active rear-wheel steering and uniball joints. Its high camber and toe-in stability combine to form a well-defined suspension system, allowing the AMG GT R to tackle corners at high speeds with the driver getting a better feel of the road while cornering at the extreme limits.

Mercedes-AMG designed and created the new AMG GT R with racetrack use in mind, as its development was underpinned by its vast experience in AMG GT3 customer sport and in the German Touring Car Masters. Add to that the fact that most of the development time for the AMG GT R was spent in the "Green Hell" of the Nurburgring. Among the more obvious clues to its racetrack time are its wider front and rear wings as well as its wider track. Moreover, the new AMG GT R boasts a very advantageous rear-biased weight distribution of 47.3 to 52.7 – figures that Mercedes-AMG managed to achieve by deciding to put in a front mid-engine and transmission in transaxle configuration on the rear axle.

Thanks to these elements, the AMG GT R could dash from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, on the way to reaching a top speed of 318 km/h – numbers that should help this Porsche challenger to record splendid lap times on track. Indeed, it was able to do just that. Just in November 2016, Christian Gebhardt of Sport Auto, piloted the AMG GT R in the Nurburgring Nordschleife and was able to complete a lap in just 7 minutes and 10.92 seconds.

This is the seventh fastest time posted by a production car on the Green Hell. It is faster on the Nurburgring than on the Gumpert Apollo Speed (7 minutes and 11.57 seconds), Lexus LFA (7 minutes and 14.64 seconds), Porsche 911 GT2 RS (7 minutes and 18.00 seconds), and the Ferrari 488 GTB (7 minutes and 21.63 seconds). The Nissan GT-R Nismo was faster by more than two seconds (7 minutes and 8.68 seconds).

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