Ahead of time, the impressive Mercedes-AMG GT R. For a few days we have been talking about the most powerful version of the excellent Mercedes-AMG GT, which we have recently tested in its S version. Mercedes AMG GT-R is a version focused almost exclusively on the circuits, a “Black Series” of yesteryear. Its undercarriage has been completely revised, and it is aesthetically much more aggressive, with a front inspired by its racing brother in the GT3 category, the same one that swept the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.
It is at the Nürburgring that this AMG GT R can give many other manufacturers more than a scare. From the beginning Mercedes has advertised its GT R as a beast in the Green Hell, and rumors point to a final power between 585 hp and 590 hp, which would put its benefits to a level much higher than its brothers. The engine will remain the same 4.0 V8 Biturbo that we liked so much, with a little more blowing pressure in its turbos and a terrifying sound exhaust system. It certainly sounds great.
Painted in matt green, its front is new, part homage to its brother in competition, part Tribute to the 300 SL racing car from the early 1950s. Huge front air intakes catch our eye, as well as black light-alloy wheels – inside of which we see huge gold brake calipers, hugging carbon ceramic brake discs. It is definitely not a car for posture: form follows function, and this is also evident in its fixed rear spoiler, as well as its huge diffuser.
Your tires are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, semi-slicks for legal use on the road that guarantee spectacular performance on the track. Make no mistake, this Mercedes-AMG GT R comes with the aim of breaking records at the Nürburgring, until now dominated by American vehicles in the informal rear-wheel drive category. I would be scared if McLaren F1 called me, currently the record holder in that category, with a time of 7 minutes and 11 seconds that has still been preserved since 1996.
Of course the Radical SR8LM is faster, but it’s a registered race car, pretty much. I would say rather, Mercedes has its sights on the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition, which marked a time of 7:14 in 2011. Inside the car what we find are new sports seats, yellow seat belts, Alcantara details and a lot of carbon fiber. Waiting for the official press release, this is what we can offer you for now. It paints well, doesn’t it?
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