The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was in every sense an iconic car and to replicate its success with a bit downsized yet equally powerful car, Mercedes decided to launch the AMG GT sans the Gullwings. The sportscar has since been a hot favorite among the racing world as well as buyers looking for a good looking performance sports car.
Mercedes -AMG revealed the plans to launch 5 cars under the AMG GT flagship and so, they launched a more powerful version of the AMG GT and named it the AMG GT-S. It's the time for the third product to roll and Mercedes will be revealing the AMG GT-R at the Goodwood Speed of festival, an annual racing festival on 24th of June, 2016.
The Mercedes-AMG GT-R is said to be positioned above the GTS and will be more powerful than the latter. The GT R will use the same 4.0-litre biturbo motor to produce 550-600 bhp of power, its most till now. And to create the excitement, Mercedes has just launched a couple of video teasers and images, revealing very minute details about the GTR.
In the teaser, Mercedes has revealed the front fascia, spoiler, badge and interior. The bumper, as seen in the images, will feature a prominent splitter element, a functional enlarged central air duct and altered secondary ducts on both the sides. The changes made are not cosmetic, but are functionally aerodynamic upgrades to support the track focused performance.
The above mentioned ducts will be joined by a modified duct within the trailing edge of the long front wings, wider rear wings and a boot-mounted carbon fibre rear wing. At the rear, there is a new bumper which houses a horizontal air duct that extracts hot air from the rear differential, a large hexagonal-shaped central exhaust and a reworked dual-channel diffuser.
While all these are the aerodynamic changes, the most prominent change on the outside is the new Panamericana grille that was originally unveiled on the track-only GT3 race car late last year. The grille is Inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s 1952 SL Panamericana race car, and features an altered shape along with 15 vertical slats among the familiar three-pointed star emblem, giving it a more aggressive presence than the standard GT.
As for the performance, the 4.0-litre engine will be mated to a 7-speed AMG dual clutch transmission and will be supported by updated suspension, steering, and brakes to cope with the added performance. Just to give you an idea on how fast this GTR will be, the GTS runs 0-100 kmph in under 3.8 seconds with 510 horses on tap. With power exceeding 550 bhp, expect a 0-100 kmph run in 3.6-3.7 seconds.
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