The Rundown: Mercedes AMG GTR

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If this is what the Mercedes AMG GTR looks like, i wonder how brutal the Black-Series version will be. This car is like the ever evolving bunny and it’s going for the Porsche 911 with many more variations to secure an utter dethroning of the rear-engined supercar.

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Mercedes-Benz calls the new AMG GTR the beast of the Green Hell referencing the famous Nürburgring, since it has spent most of it’s time being developed on the unforgiving track. With a new front fascia that has larger air intakes, active Aero ducts that manipulate airflow through the front and wider rear and front fenders it’s ready for any track out there.

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The “AMG green Hell Magno” paint job is exclusive to the GTR model and not only is it daring but utterly brilliant and different.

To make it interesting, the Mercedes AMG GTR now has 577-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque – the AMG GTS has 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. This was achieved from the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine used in the GTS with a couple of upgrades and the same seven-speed dual clutch transmission. 0-60 mph is done in 3.2 seconds while top speed is set at 198 mph. 74 more hp is nothing to sniff at and to make it all flow nicely the Mercedes AMG GTR now features aluminum alloys for the body and the chassis with magnesium used for the front deck and steel for the trunk lid.

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The GTR weighs in at 3,428 with the front fenders being carbon fiber, so is the roof and the torque tube between the transmission and the engine. The AMG GTR also benefits from active rear-wheel steering like the Porsche 911 but with two steer-by-wire electro-mechanical actuators. The AMG coil-over suspension was tuned for track performance with the ability to individually tune and personalize the setup and adjust spring pre-load manually.

To complement the AMG coil-over suspension; it gets AMG Dynamic Select drive modes (Sport Plus, Sport and Comfort) and AMG Ride Control. The tires are Michellin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear 10-spoke wheels.

To want the AMG GTS so bad and then to see the Mercedes AMG GTR makes you want it even more. The interior is even more performance oriented with Napa Leather and DINAMICA microfiber material that cover the seats, yellow stitching and seat belts are optional. There is also the Night Package which adds high-gloss black accents on the steering wheel, shift paddles, door sill and bezel.

 

The 2018 Mercedes AMG GTR should arrive in late 2017 with prices expected to be above the (Aed 566,000) $130,000 GTS – Probably somewhere around $200,000.

 

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