Mercedes-AMG GT R Revealed
Mercedes-AMG presents the most powerful and aggressive form of its sports car. The Mercedes-AMG GT R.
Using an updated version of the 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine found in the GT-S, the Mercedes-AMG GT R produces a total power of 585 hp (577bhp) and maximum torque of 700 Nm (516 ft-lb). It means an increase in power of 75hp and a boost of 50 NM in torque if we compare it with the AMG GT S.
With a curb weight of 1555 kg (3428 lbs), it is 90kg (199 lbs) lighter than the S version. And, of course, with less weight and more power, it is also a little faster and quicker than the aftermentioned version.
It can sprint from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in three and a half seconds (or 0.2 seconds quicker than the S) and can accelerate up to 198 mph (318 km/h) at top speed, which is 6 mph faster than the AMG GT S.
The power is yet delivered to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission but optimized for this version. The first gear has a longer ratio, while the seventh gear has a shorter one enabling better acceleration.
Mercedes-AMG spent a lot of time testing the prototype around Nurburgring and to emphasize this track commitment the special paintwork exclusive to the version is called “AMG green hell magno”.
Apart from the eye-catching paintwork, the car can be distinguished by its more aggressive body featuring an AMG Panamericana grille borrowed from the GT3 racecar.
The car is 1.8-inch (46 mm) wider due to the carbon fenders, while the enlarged air intakes boost cooling to match the upgraded engine. Furthermore, the AMG GT R has a wider front splitter which reduces lift at the front axle and big wing at back providing increased downforce.
In order to improve the airflow, Mercedes-AMG has fitted a carbon component underneath the front of the GT R which automatically moves downward by about 1.6-inch (40mm) when the car (in RACE mode) at a speed of 50 mph (80 km/h).
The Mercedes-AMG GT R also features an active rear-wheel steering which offers an ideal combination of agility and stability.
The rear wheels can be adjusted by 1.5 degrees thanks to two steering actuators instead of the conventional control arms on the rear axle. Up to a speed of 62 mph (100
Up to a speed of 62 mph, the rear wheels are turned in the opposite direction to the front ones making the car agiler when steering into bends. When the AMG GT R exceeds 62 mph the system turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the front ones improving stability at high speeds.
To deliver a race car soundtrack, Mercedes-AMG fitted its GT R with a new exhaust system, which is about 13 lbs (5.9 kg) lighter than the that fitted on the AMG GT S.
The shoes — 19-inch front, and 20-inch rear — are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 measuring 275/35 ZR 19 at the front and 325/30 ZR 20 at the rear.
Inside the cabin, the new GT R by AMG comes with AMG performance seats in Nappa leather and DINAMICA microfiber as standard and you can opt for yellow seatbelts. Yellow highlights for the instrument cluster dials with a piano black lacquer trim and special controls including traction control buttons with nine selectable setting are also available.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today and will go on site from the end of the year and it will hit the European market in march 2017. Price is unknown at this moment.
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