BEAST FROM THE GREEN HELL: The new Mercedes-AMG GT R has been developed at Germany's' Green Hell' circuit - the Nurburgring. Image: QuickPic
Affalterbach - The new Mercedes AMG GT R is the latest addition to the automaker's GT range (which includes the GT S).
Same engine, more power
Powering the supercar is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine borrowed from its GT siblings though power has been increased to 430kW/700Nm.
The result is a car that can reach 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318km/h.
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The AMG GT R is available with standard-fit active rear-wheel steering, a first for Mercedes-AMG.
Professor Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes Benz Cars Development, says: “Our sports-car and performance brand AMG has its roots in motorsport and, ever since its formation, has repeatedly faced up to the competition on the racetrack.
“These genes are particularly prevalent in the new AMG GT R. Boasting a 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.”
According to Mercedes, up to a speed of 100km/h, the rear wheels are turned in the opposite direction to the front wheels, corresponding to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase.
Once the speed of the AMG GT R exceeds 100km/h, the system turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels.
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The use of carbon-fibred elements reduces weight and is used throughout the vehicle including the roof and the torque tube between engine and transmission.
Overall the new AMG GT R is 15kg lighter than the AMG GT S.