The Mercedes-AMG GT-R has been officially unveiled ahead of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016. The Mercedes-AMG GT-R (presented in matte green) was developed at the “Green Hell” – the Nurburgring. It will be available to order from 21 November 2016, with a March 2017 market launch in Europe. It is the third model in the AMG GT range.
The GT-R gets wider fenders at the front and rear, hiding a 57 mm wider track. The front bumper gets a larger spoiler and the rear bumper, a large double diffuser and spoiler combination. Styling is very clearly lifted from the dominant AMG GT3 race car. Larger openings create better cooling for the V8 engine. Air Curtains on the outside of the facia calm the airflow.
Many of the aerodynamics are active including a venturi tunnel hidden beneath the front skirt. Vertical louvres can also be opened and closed to improve airflow. The roof of the AMG GT-R is high grade carbon fibre.
New lightweight 10-spoke forged wheels are finished in matt black measuring 10.0 J x 19 ET56 at the front and 12.0 J x 20 ET52 at the rear. They hide yellow calipers. The wheels are connected to forged aluminium wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers. Uniball spherical bearings on the lower wishbones also improve precision. The rear axle gets a thicker anti-roll bar. mew A
The biggest headline (arguably) is active rear wheel steering in the same vein as the Porsche system. The system turns the rear wheels by as much as 1.5 degrees. The rear axle gets a limited slip differential and speed sensitive sports steering finishes the handling package.
The 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 gets 75 hp performance boost for a peak figure of 585 hp with 700 Nm of torque. The power increase is achieved through new turbochargers with 0.15 bar of boost. The AMG GT-R manages 0-100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 318 km/h. Drive is through AMG’s SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission. Weight distribution is a rear-biased 47.3 to 52.7 with a power to weight ratio of 2.66 kilograms per hp.
Inside, lightweight manually adjustable AMG sports bucket seats are upholstered in nappa leather and DYNAMIC microfibre. Optional yellow seat belts, dials with yellow highlights, AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package and special controls are also available. The new AMG Interior Night package comes as standard. As an option, customers can order the trim in matt black carbon fibre.