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, V8 Biturbo engine rated at 577 hp, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction laid the foundation 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 fenders allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. A new front fascia with active elements, a large rear aerofoil and a new rear fascia with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip. The lightweight forged wheels equipped with cup tires as standard are likewise designed for maximum driving dynamics. The same applies to other new features such as active rear-wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control system and adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control. Further, the new AMG Panamericana grille emphasizes the unique standing of the AMG GT R. Its characteristic form with vertical fins celebrated its world premiere on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer-sport racing car and now, for the first time, appears on an AMG production vehicle.
Mercedes-AMG continues to grow and is expanding the top end of its product range with the introduction of the new AMG GT R. “Our sports-car and performance brand AMG has its roots in motorsport and, ever since its formation, has repeatedly faced up to the competition on the racetrack. These genes are particularly prevalent in the new AMG GT R. Boasting a wealth of technological innovations, the new top-of-the-range model is proof of the close collaboration between our constructors of racing cars and road-going vehicles,” states Professor Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
“With the new AMG GT R, we have reached the next level of driving performance. 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 fiber. It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. Those with gasoline 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,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The data at a glance:
|Mercedes-AMG GT R|
|Engine||Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry-Sump Lubrication|
|Output||577 hp at 6,250 rpm|
|Peak torque||516 lb-ft at 1,900-5,500 rpm|
|Driven wheels||Rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission|
|Weight||3,428 lbs (Euro spec; US spec may vary)|
|Power-to-weight ratio||5.94 lbs/Horsepower (Euro spec; US spec may vary)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||3.5 s (est.)|
|Top speed||198 mph|
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 Series (DTM). Figures such as 3.5 seconds from zero to 60 mph and a top speed of 198 mph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics, will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack. The new exclusive color “AMG green hell magno” establishes a visual link to the “Green Hell,” the nickname for the legendary “North Loop” of the Nurburgring, emphasizing that the car’s roots are firmly embedded in the racetrack. Sharpened racetrack performance comes courtesy of the intelligent lightweight construction, incorporating aluminum and carbon, specific reinforcements in the body shell, uprated Handcrafted 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine with specifically adapted seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, innovative aerodynamics with active components, and new suspension with active rear-wheel steering and uniball joints.
The concept with front mid-engine and transaxle configuration, 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 center of gravity, this translates into extremely agile handling and permits high cornering speeds.