Mercedes AMG GT R launched in India. The 2017 Mercedes AMG GT R is priced at Rs 2.23 crore, ex-showroom (India).
The AMG GT R is nicknamed the 'Beast of the Green Hell' by Mercedes and is the current lap record holder for rear-wheel drive cars at the fearsome Nurburgring race track in Germany.
The Mercedes AMG GT R also holds the outright lap record for production cars at India's only F1 race track, the Budh International Circuit, with a lap time of 2 minutes 9.853 seconds.
Mercedes AMG GT R Specifications
Powering the Mercedes AMG GT R is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 577bhp @ 6,250rpm and 700Nm of torque @ 1,900-5,500rpm. The engine sends power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.
The new Mercedes AMG GT R sprints from 0-100kph in just 3.6 seconds and continues accelerating till it tops out at 319kph. The AMG GT R also gets rear-wheel steering and is the first Mercedes to sport the feature. The traction control system on the AMG GT R features nine different settings, just like the GT3 race car.
The racy Mercedes AMG GT R is 15 kilogrammes lighter than the GT S thanks to manually adjustable seats, carbon-fibre roof and rear wing and a titanium exhaust system.
To improve the Beast of the Green Hell's track focus, Mercedes has fitted the AMG GT R with a reworked double wishbone suspension developed from the GT3 race car. Other go-faster bits include an active front splitter, double rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler.
2017 Mercedes AMG GT R Design
The Mercedes AMG GT R looks more track focused compared to the AMG GT S thanks to wider front and rear tracks (wider by 46mm and 57mm at the rear) and a design inspired by the GT3 racing car.
This can be seen particularly up front thanks to the aggressive new vertical slatted Panamerica grille which features louvres that open and close to help regulate engine temperature.
The AMG GT R also sports chunkier air intakes and an active front splitter up front. The Mercedes AMG GT R sits on 20-inch 10-spoke forged alloy wheels shod with track-biased Michelin Cup 2 tyres.
At the rear, the AMG GT R sports a massive new fixed carbon-fibre spoiler and a double rear diffuser.
The new Mercedes AMG GT R in India will compete with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but unlike the Porsche, the Merc will not be sold in limited numbers.
The new AMG GT R is the jewel in the crown for Mercedes in India. However, with its track-focused nature, the AMG GT R is the Hulk in a fancy suit waiting for a track to unleash its fury upon, which should hopefully keep the posers away from it.