The Mercedes AMG GT R has already been put through its paces and it has effectively left everyone dumbfounded for the simple reason that it is insanely fast, burnishing the credential of the Mercedes AMG line.
2018 AMG GT R Speed
Folks at Sport Auto have captured everything in an onboard video as the AMG GT R got exclusively around the Nurburgring. The vehicle posted 7 minutes and 10.92 seconds lap time, which observers agree is pretty amazing for a rear-driven car.
Mercedes is quick to tout the performance:
“The Beast was last seen haunting the turns of Nürburgring, the most demanding race course in the world, also called The Green Hell. But it won’t be long before it craves more room to roar.”
Watch the AMG GT R video below:
The extraordinary performance could be attributed to the technology under the hood. The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 can manage 577hp and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of peak torque. The vehicle also weighs 1,554kg, which is 90kg less than the AMG GT S. Reports also indicate that Mercedes is still upgrading the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to achieve even faster shifts.
The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 can manage 577hp and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of peak torque. The vehicle also weighs 1,554kg, which is 90kg less than the AMG GT S. Reports also indicate that Mercedes is still upgrading the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to achieve even faster shifts. All these are complemented by key factors such as the new wider body work, which gives the vehicle an all-new active aero element that reduces front axle lift.
The AMG GT R also has an active rear-wheel steering system which can turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels’. This feature purportedly allow the car more agility at lower speed and stability in high gear.
Those hungry for even more numbers, the AMG GT R can zoom from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds while its top speed hovers around 198mph.
Anyway, it is important to note that the Mercedes AMG GT R is still currently in development and is only slated to hit showrooms next summer and not 2016. Prototypes, however, have been getting the Nurburgring treatment as part of the production process.
At this point, there is still not enough data to compare the vehicle with existing Mercedes AMG 2015 models, so we will just have to wait for more developments.