Last year, I was lucky enough to get some track time with the Mercedes-AMG GT S at Monticello Motor Club, and it was love at first apex. The aggressive looks (accentuated in that insane Solarbeam Yellow Metallic hue), the intoxicating exhaust note, and the race car handling, it’s the total package!
We though that the AMG GT S was the best Mercedes could do against the Porsche 911. But today at Mercedes-Benz World, they unveiled the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, an even badder-ass version of the sports coupe, with more power, less weight, and an in-your-face paint job.
Just look at the Mercedes-AMG GT R Specs:
- Engine: Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry-Sump Lubrication
- Horsepower: 577HP
- Torque: 516 lb-ft
- 0-60: 3.5 seconds
- Top Speed: 198 mph
As you can see, these numbers are considerably higher than the base AMG GT (456HP / 443 lb-ft) and AMG GT S (503HP / 479 lb-ft). But the AMG GT R isn’t just about power. The new AMG GT R combines lightweight construction with a modified suspension (with standard rear-wheel steering) and new aerodynamics, which results in superior performance and an edge in handling. Further modifications include wider front and rear fenders and a large rear aerofoil with rear fascia and double diffuser designed to enhance aerodynamics, tighten turns and provide maximum grip.
There’s a traction control system with nine levels of adjustment, not to mention a ton carbon fiber that reduced the weight of the AMG GT R by around 200 pounds against the S.
And what about that wild paint color? It’s official name is “AMG Green Hell Magno,” an homage to the Nürburgring Nordschleife (nicknamed Green Hell), where the car was rigorously tested and tuned. Hey, when you’re dropping $200K+ on a supercar, you want it to stand out, right?
Lewis Hamilton takes us on a tour of the North Loop of the Nurburgring racetrack in the video below:
Needless to say, the Mercedes-AMG GT R is Mercedes-Benz’s most hardcore sports car to date!