Mercedes-AMG has released official images and details of its new GT R – a lighter and more track-focused version of its rapid supercar. Read on for full details of this race-inspired Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Aston Martin Vantage GT8 rival.
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The new GT R’s wider wheel arches and revised aerodynamic bodywork come painted in distinctive ‘Green Hell Magno’ paintwork – a reference to the Nurburgring circuit where it was developed. The revised front bumper features an adjustable carbon fibre wing, that automatically extends to provide more downforce at high speeds, and a new grille with broad vertical chrome slats inspired by the Mercedes GT3 racing car.
The extra grip offered by new adjustable suspension and its large rear wing should allow the GT R to corner significantly faster than the standard car. A new rear-wheel steering system and a thicker anti-roll bar should help improve its handling and manoeuvrability, too.
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, this hardcore GT R model can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed just shy of 200mph. Mercedes has stated it boasts a greater power-to-weight ratio than any car in its class.
The GT R’s interior has been fitted with new AMG racing-inspired bucket seats that are not only significantly lighter than the AMG GT’s items, but offer greater lateral support when cornering. Customers can, however, choose to have the standard seats refitted for free. Optional yellow gauges, seat belts and trim pieces are also available, should you want the interior of your car to match its bright coloured brake calipers.
Mercedes-AMG GT R price and release date
Mercedes hasn’t yet announced how much the AMG GT R will cost, but it’s available to order now. It has been reported that the first round of UK deliveries will take place in early 2017.
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Mercedes-AMG GT R latest news (updated June 2016)
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Mercedes-AMG GT R styling
The glimpses we can see from the teaser video show the new model will gain an overhauled aerodynamic package, designed to help the car stick to the road during high-speed cornering. At the back, this grip will come courtesy of a fixed rear wing in place of the standard car’s electrically operated spoiler and an extended rear diffuser.
The front will get additional aero upgrades to match the rear’s added downforce, too. The front will look suitably different to the regular GT due to a reshaped grille which matches that used by the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car. Most obvious of all, however, is the lime green matt paint finish – sure to help this wild machine stand out amongst any company.
Mercedes-AMG GT R interior
Much of the GT R’s cabin will remain the same as the current AMG GT, with the exception of a few select detail changes. Fixed back carbon fibre bucket seats by Recaro will shave a few kilos from the car’s overall weight and they’re finished with yellow AMG lettering on the head rests. Yellow seat belts and matching stitching holds together the leather on the dashboard, too.
Mercedes-AMG GT R driving and engines
The standard AMG GT’s 4.0-litre V8 is will become more powerful than ever. The twin-turbocharged unit is predicted to produce as much as 570hp – 60 more than you’ll find under the bonnet of the AMG GT S.
In addition to the power upgrade, kerb weight is expected to drop slightly. This will be achieved through the use of carbon fibre body panels and forged alloy wheels.
Mercedes-AMG GT R prices and release date
The GT R is set to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June 2016. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but due to a limited production run and substantial engineering tweaks, it is likely to be priced significantly higher than the £110,500 Mercedes-AMG asks for the GTS.
Mercedes-AMG GT R teaser videos
Lewis Hamilton teaser
Beast in the Box teaser
Night Guard teaser
Roaring from the Forest teaser
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