- Mercedes-AMG GT R ‘developed in Green Hell’
- Front-mid-engine concept and transaxle
- ‘Max dynamics’ from forged-alloy rims
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT R Image: Mercedes-AMG
AFFALTERBACH, Germany – From the world’s most demanding racetrack directly to the road: Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R.
The front-mid-engine concept and transaxle, the twin-turbo V8 430kW engine, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the light construction are the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.
Even from afar, the automaker says, the exclusive “AMG green hell magno” special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car’s origin, having spent most of its development time in the “Green Hell” of the Nurburgring racetrack.
Wider front and rear wings, AMG says, allow an increased track-width for optimum grip and faster cornering. “The new nose with active elements,” AMG adds, “the large rear aerofoil and the new tail with a double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip.”
Light forged-alloy wheel rims shod with Cup tyres as standard have also been designed “for maximum driving dynamics”.
“The same,” AMG says, “applies to other new features such rear-wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control and adjustable coil-over electronic suspension.”
The new AMG Panamericana grille is there to “emphasise the unique standing of the AMG GT R”.
“Its characteristic form with vertical fins celebrated its world première on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer-sport racing car – now, for the first time, it features on an AMG production vehicle.”
Mercedes-AMG continues to grow and is expanding the top end of its product range with the introduction of the new AMG GT R.
Professor Thomas Weber, responsible for group research and Mercedes‑Benz’ cars development, told The Corner in a media release: “Our sports-car and performance brand AMG has its roots in motorsport. Since its formation it has repeatedly faced up to the competition on the racetrack.
“These genes are particularly prevalent in the new AMG GT R. With its wealth of technological innovations, the new top-of-the-range model is proof of the close collaboration between our constructors of racing cars and road-going vehicles.”
Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes‑AMG, added: “The GT R combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 race car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. Those with petrol in their veins will be thrilled by the radical longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the precise turn-in, and the sensational grip.
“We have modified all performance-relevant components and linked them for maximum driving dynamics.”
The engine in the GT R is a four-litre, twin-turbo, V8 capable on production of 430kW at 6250rpm and 700Nm from 1900-5500rpm and it drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch, AMG Speedshift transmission.
The car takes 3.6sec to reach 100km/h and its top speed is listed as 318km/h.