New Mercedes AMG GT R Review

Race-inspired supercar with a great sound

10/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Incredible handling
  • Very fast
  • Glorious exhaust sound
  • Not cheap
  • Not for long journeys
  • Devours tyres

£145,730 - £148,925 Price range

2 Seats

28 MPG

Review

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a lighter, more track-focused version of Mercedes’ latest sports car. Rivals include lightweight track-ready machines such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Aston Martin Vantage GT8.

Performance is key and the existing 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine has been tuned to produce 585hp – 75hp more than even the potent AMG GT S. As a result, the hardcore GT R accelerates from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and tops out at just shy of 200mph.

Straight line speed is only half the story because the extra grip offered by its active aero, adjustable suspension, huge boot-mounted spoiler and rear-wheel steering system mean the GT R also corners faster than the standard car.

So that people know you’ve sunk more into your AMG GT than the hard-up folks with the ‘regular’ (£100,000) model, you also get  unique ‘Green Hell Magno’ paintwork – a none too subtle reference to the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, where the GT R was developed.

Inside, there’s lightweight AMG race-inspired bucket seats and, to match the flamboyant determination of the exterior, the option to specify yellow gauges, seat belts and trim pieces.

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