The Mercedes AMG GT became an instant rage among the buyers, thanks to good looks and staggering performance. Soon Mercedes launched the more powerful Mercedes-AMG GT S, along with announcement to launch 3 more products in the AMG GT lineup. The latest to join the 5 model GT lineup is the AMG GT R, the most powerful Mercedes AMG GT yet.
After an extensive teaser campaign, Mercedes-AMG finally introduced the AMG GT R on the sidelines of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. To launch the product, Mercedes called upon their F1 world champion driver Lewis Hamilton, who drove the car through the infamous Nurburgring track. The video revealed titled as the 'Beast of the Green Hell' shows Hamilton gliding the GT R through the test track as if it was a jungle.
The engineers from Affalterbach have squeezed more power from the same biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine doing its duty in the GT and GT S versions to make the R version worthy of its flagship status. Talking about the numbers, the new AMG GT R pushes 577 horsepower and 699 Nm of torque from the upgraded engine that delivers an extra 74 hp over the S model.
The AMG GT R tips the scales at 1,554 kgs, making it 90 kg lighter than the S version. The trimmed down avatar pushes the GT from 0-100 kmph in 3.5 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the GT S with a top speed of 318 kmph, a 10 kmph increase over the S. The power is sent to the rear axle through an optimized dual-clutch, seven-speed sports transmission.
As for the looks, the new AMG GT looks more like a Viper in the video than the actual Dodge Viper. The special “AMG green hell magno” paint exclusive to this version, the “GT R” moniker, a more aggressive body featuring an AMG Panamericana grille derived from the GT3 race car makes the GT R stand apart. Other tweaks include the extended carbon fenders, enlarged air intakes to boost the, a wider front splitter and a big wing at the back providing increased downforce.
Apart from the visual tweaks, which also serve functional purposes, there are changes in mechanicals that give the car its improved capabilities. The underbody is completely revised and adds to the active aerodynamics. An added 2 kg carbon component underneath the front automatically moves downward by around 1.6 inches and improves the aerodynamics when the car runs at 80 kmph in the RACE mode.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R also gets an improved exhaust system which not only deliver a better race car soundtrack, but is also 6 kg lighter than the one fitted to the S version. The rear-wheel steering is making its debut on a GT model with the GT R and helps GT R to be more agile while cornering. The wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front ones at speeds below 100 kmph, while at speeds above this, they turn in the same direction as the front ones to improve both handling and stability.
Step inside the cabin, and the new AMG GT R welcomes you with the standard AMG performance seats dressed in Nappa leather and DINAMICA microfiber, and an optional yellow seatbelts. Other tweaks include the yellow highlights for the instrument cluster dials, piano black lacquer trim and special controls, like the traction control buttons with nine selectable settings.
Debuting today, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R will arrive in the United States by mid-2017. Expect the India launch around late 2017 and a price tag exceeding Rs 2.5 crores.