The Mercedes-AMG GT R is the latest beast to be unleashed by the stables of Affalterbach, and it is absolutely mad and very very green.
The Mercedes AMG GT R is an attempt to create a track ready missile for the discerning enthusiast. It is a planned attack on the Porsche camp, with the 911 GT3 RS being its primary target. The GT R is a predator; a wild animal ready to pounce with venomous fangs reared. Its demeanour is sinister and almost frighteningly aggressive. It is reminiscent of the AMG GT3 and that’s obviously a good thing.
The aggression begins with the demon that lives under the bonnet of this car. The hellish fiend in question is a twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. The motor also features in the standard GT but in this dish, the V8 is served with a set of larger intake turbos and a brand new exhaust. The AMG GT R therefore produces a brutish 577 HP and 700 Nm of torque.
What makes the engine so special is its evocative exhaust note. It is a naughty sound, a dirty sound, the sort of sound that children should be kept away from. Power is channelled through a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle that features an all-important limited slip differential. All this results in the GTR being significantly faster than the standard GT and GT S. The 0-100 kmph sprint is dealt with in a lighting fast 3.2 seconds and the GT R will pull all the way up to a top speed of 320 kmph.
The GT R’s highlight is however not the new uprated engine. It is the integrity of its new race specified chassis and the race pedigree bestowed upon it by the AMG GT3. A broader track width for both front and rear wheels along with sticky cup tyres help improve traction. The GT R takes aid of forged aluminium double wish-bone suspensions that feature manual adjustability along with electronic and adaptive damping control. The rear differential is also electrically powered to keep the rear axle in check. Standard brakes on the GT R are composite material 390 mm rotors for the front discs and 360 mm for the rear. As an option, the GT R also offers carbon ceramic discs. Now, the GT R maybe a fully bred road racer, but the car doesn’t lose out on any comforts. In proper Mercedes fashion, the interior is a beautiful place to be. Top-notch quality and decadent materials ooze purposeful luxury.
The GT R also features rear wheel steering, something already available on the 911 GT3. Like the Porsche system, the GT R steers its rear wheels in the opposite direction to aid low speed agility while at higher speeds it steers in the same direction for better stability.
On the styling front, the GT R is practically a loud green monster on four wheels. The new body kit is brash and extremely aggressive. The gaping front radiator grill features chrome plating, which gives the impression that the beast is glaring at you. The front vents are wider than the standard car to provide extra air flow. The new rear spoiler is adjustable and adds major down force. Active flaps work in sync with the spoiler to aid airflow across the car. A rear diffuser adds to improved rear stability and airflow along with that aggressive attitude. To help with weight reduction, the GT R features a carbon fiber roof, which adds to that sporty appeal.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R is currently on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and is expected to go on sale in November. Prices haven’t been specified, but expect a hefty premium over the standard car.
To sum up, we would say that the Mercedes-AMG GT R is the new flagship race car for the AMG stables. It is an absolutely bonkers car with bucket loads of pantomime. How its venom affects the GT3 RS is something only time will tell. Although, since the GT3 RS has been a true benchmark for road racing cars, an attempt to dethrone it will take much more than just aggression.