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 configuration with transaxle, twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 430 kW, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.
Wider front and rear wings allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. The new front apron with active elements, the large rear aero-foil and the new rear apron with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip.
The same applies to other new features such as active rear wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control system and adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control. What is more, the new AMG Panamericana grille emphasises 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 and has now also been used for the first time for an AMG series-production vehicle in the AMG GT R.
“With the new AMG GT R, we have reached the next level of driving performance. This road-going sports car with motor-racing genes and innovative technical solutions offers an ultimate driving experience that allows people to feel our motorsport origins in every fibre. It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing 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 together intelligently for maximum driving dynamics,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The third member of the AMG GT family is the new spearhead of the Mercedes-AMG model range. Featuring pioneering technologies, the AMG GT R was designed with racetrack use firmly in mind. Its development was largely based on vast motor racing experience in AMG GT3 customer sport and the German Touring Car Masters.
Figures such as 3.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and a top speed of 318 km/h, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics, will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.
The new exclusive colour “AMG green hell magno” alone establishes a visual link to the “Green Hell”, the nickname for the legendary “North Loop” of the Nürburgring, emphasising that the car’s roots are firmly embedded in racing.
Grip to the power of nine: AMG TRACTION CONTROL
In “ESP OFF” mode, another innovation allows the driver to exert even more influence on the handling characteristics of the AMG GT R. The new AMG TRACTION CONTROL system also comes directly from motorsport. It allows drivers to pre-select the slip on the driven rear axle in nine levels. Just like in the current AMG GT3, it isolates the grip on the driven wheels and does not affect the stabilisation provided by the ESP®. Corresponding characteristic maps are programmed into the vehicle electronics to this end.
Control is via a special rotary switch located in the centre console below the ventilation outlets. Depending on the setting, the system permits more or less slip on the rear wheels – very helpful in varying road conditions.
A special engineering feat is the completely new active aerodynamics profile, which is concealed almost invisibly in the underbody in front of the engine. At a speed of 80 km/h in “RACE” mode, and at 120 km/h in “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes, this carbon fibre element, which only weighs around two kilograms, automatically moves approximately 40 millimetres down. This process involves considerable change in the airflow and results in what is known as the Venturi effect, which additionally “sucks” the car onto the road and reduces the front-axle lift by around 40 kilograms at 250 km/h. If the AMG GT R in “RACE” mode drives more slowly than 60 km/h or in “Comfort“, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes more slowly than 80 km/h, the element moves back in.
Australian pricing and launch timing
Due to be launched in July 2017, the Mercedes-AMG GT R will be priced from $349,000 (MRLP); final options and standard specifications will be announced closer to the local launch.