Designed and built to take on the world’s most demanding racetracks, Mercedes-AMG gives birth to the hardcore AMG GT R.

Inspired by their AMG GT3 racecar and equipped with a 430 kW twin-turbo V8 right behind the front-axle, the AMG GT R is surely a thing of madness, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just a big muscle car…

Mercedes have also gone to the trouble of extensively modifying the suspension and aerodynamics. This, together with an intelligent lightweight construction, turns the AMG GT R into a track-munching monster.

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The first thing you notice, strangely, is the outrageous paint work. The “AMG Green Hell Magno” refers to the birth- and development place of the AMG GT R; none other than the Nürburgring.

Time well spent at the ‘Ring means a wider track-width all round for improved handling and overall grip. The AMG GT R now also also features active aerodynamics at the front and back, in the form of a front splitter, massive rear wing and -double diffuser.

Other lovely additions such as rear-wheel steering (a first for AMG), electronically adjustable coil-overs, 9-way traction control and an electronic LSD have also been thrown in the mix.

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The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 now produces 430 kW, 55 kW more than the GT S, and an almighty 700 Nm from just 1900 rpm. This power-hike is partly thanks to the boost, which has been turned up from 1.2- to 1.35 bar.

Fun fact; the turbos have a maximum speed of 186,000 rpm.

Another important aspect are the tyres. Mercedes have opted for Michelin Pilot Sport Cup’s fitted on 20” lightweight forged rims.

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The AMG GT R, with its 7-speed double-clutch gearbox, can manage 0-100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and will go on to a 318 km/h top speed.

Thanks to all this clever engineering and packing, the AMG GT R has near 50:50 weight distribution, meaning it should have some great potential in the bends.

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More wizardry is present underneath the car, with an almost unseen piece of carbon-fibre in front of the engine, which lowers 40 millimetres at around 80 km/h, and effectively sucks the car down using something called the Venturi effect (the same bit of science that diffusers are based on). With this added aerodynamic advantage, high-speed stability and -agility is greatly improved.

Inside, Mercedes have decided to go all out racecar, with extremely light, manually operated, bucket-seats. Yellow seatbelts and gauges with yellow highlights are also available on request.

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Also finished in yellow are the carbon brakes, which measure 390 mm discs at the front and 360 mm discs at the rear. An even bigger, lighter and higher-performance carbon-ceramic option is also available.

The car will go on sale on 21 November 2016, and the market launch in Europe begins in March 2017.

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“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,” states Professor Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes‑Benz Cars Development.

“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.