Designed to replace the aging SLS AMG, Mercedes Benz revealed the AMG GT for the first at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The R version of the two-seater shows incredible performance advances as well as boasting a successful design. Various driving elements have been borrowed from the GT3 unit and were combined with the ease of use fund in the regular AMG GT.
It feels wrong to call the coating of the 2017 AMG GT R as being just “green”. The official name is AMG Green Hell Magno – a way better suited nickname, inspired of course from the north loop of Nurburgring’s circuit. Worked out in a matte finish, the colorway is astonishing no matter where you look at it from. The coating is accompanied by a set of above-headlight LED lights and outboard vents, making the front look like you are about to be attacked by a ferocious predator from the deep. If the grille looks familiar, find out it is called AMG Panamericana, and it’s the first time it shows on a production car. It was last used on the 1952 Carrera Panamericana race winner 300SL. Fortunately, it provides the car with an outstanding effect, and it’s to be hoped it will be present in other future models.
Carbon fiber elements are to be spotted all around the body, starting from the front splitter to the roof and front fenders. This was used not only to save weight, but also to render a great contrast between the Green Hell Magno and the black tint of the fiber.
Various self-adjusting aerodynamic elements are present beneath and above the body, creating the necessary downforce when the AMG GT R is set into race mode, making it stick to the track by a Venturi effect.
Drivetrain and performance
Beneath the hood rests a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that provides the GT R with 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the AMG GT unit, the R pumps up an extra 74 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque. This was possible due to a revised intake and new turbochargers, aluminum pistons and new engine mapping software. The engine unit is connected to a dual clutch 9-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system with variable front-rear torque split.
Trying not to get ahead of themselves, Mercedes-Benz offered some rather modest performance numbers for the GT R: 3.5 seconds for going 0-60 mph and a top speed clocking at 198 mph. However, as it has been seen with the 2017 GT S, these numbers are about to improve in real life testing – something that’s rarely seen in current automotive trends.
A new first-time feature of the AMG GT R is the rear-wheel steering system; the wheels can turn by 1.5 degrees thanks to mechanical actuators, allowing for better at-limit corner maneuverability. The system is fully computer controlled, having no physical connection with the steering wheel.
Handling can be optimized both for road and track, with three suspension settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport+, the latter being specific to the GT R. The front features 19 inch 275/35Z wheels while the rear end comes with larger, 20-inch 325/30Z units.