The Mercedes-AMG GT luxury coupe is already a potent sports car for the affluent set. Its two versions--the standard and the S--are more than track-worthy machines straight from the factory, with their 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine's output ranging from 462hp to 510hp, and torque good for 600Nm to 650Nm.
But let's face it: Millionaires (and billionaires, obviously) easily get bored. They always want more.
Last year, Mercedes came out with the AMG GT3 track car, with the same 6.3-liter V8 engine found under the hood of the SLS AMG GT3 race car. The GT3 race car easily trumps either variant of the GT road car in terms of performance numbers, but it's not for the real world. It would be totally weird to meet up with your golf buddies in it--not to mention you'd probably be arrested by the police.
If only the best bits of the AMG GT could be combined with the strengths of the AMG GT3.
Well, this just happened.
Say hello to the Mercedes-AMG GT R, premiered by the German automaker just the other day via the "Mercedes-Benz World" event at the Brooklands racing circuit in the UK. The head-turning paint job is called "AMG green hell magno," which is a visual nod to the North Loop section (fondly nicknamed "Green Hell") of the fabled Nurburgring track in Germany, where the car is said to have been developed.
The AMG GT R still has the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 of the AMG GT, but massaged here to produce an impressive 585hp and 700Nm. The car is also still equipped with AMG's Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, helping propel the coupe from rest to 100kph in 3.6 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 318kph. By comparison, the GT and the GT S race to 100kph in 4.0 seconds and 3.8 seconds, respectively, with terminal velocities set at 304kph and 310kph.
The improved performance figures are largely due to a host of enhancements, including:
* extensively modified suspension;
* new aerodynamics;
* intelligent lightweight construction;
* wider front and rear wings;
* new front fascia with active elements;
* large rear aerofoil;
* new rear fascia with double diffuser;
* lightweight forged wheels;
* active rear-wheel steering;
* nine-way adjustable traction control system; and
* adjustable coilover suspension with additional electronic control.
"With the new AMG GT R, we have reached the next level of driving performance," said Mercedes-AMG GmbH CEO Tobias Moers in a press statement. "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 petrol 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."
According to Mercedes-Benz, the AMG GT R will officially go on sale on November 21 this year.
In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful photographs.