From the world’s most demanding racetrack directly onto the road. 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 transaxle, the twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 585bhp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction 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 Nurburgring racetrack.
Wider front and rear wings allow increased track widths for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. 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 coilover suspension with additional electronic control.
What is more, the distinctive 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.
Figures such as 3.6 seconds from zero to 100km/h and a top speed of 318km/h, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics, will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on any racing circuit.
The new exclusive colour “AMG green hell magno” alone establishes a visual link to the “Green Hell”, the nickname for the legendary North Loop of the Nurburgring, emphasising that the car’s roots are firmly embedded in the racetrack.
Sharpened racetrack performance comes courtesy of the intelligent lightweight construction incorporating aluminium and carbon, specific reinforcements in the bodyshell, the uprated twin-turbo V8 engine with the specifically adapted 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the innovative aerodynamics with active components, and the new suspension with active rear-wheel steering and uniball joints.
The concept with front mid-engine and transmission in transaxle configuration on the rear axle, a tried-and-tested feature of the AMG GT and AMG GT S, makes for a beneficial rear-biased weight distribution of 47.3 to 52.7. In conjunction with the vehicle’s low centre of gravity, this translates into extremely agile handling and permits high cornering speeds.
With a power-to-weight ratio of 2.66kg per horsepower, the Mercedes-AMG GT R takes up pole position in its segment.
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