New Mercedes-AMG GT R: developed straight from iconic Nurburgring racetrack
From the world’s most demanding racetrack directly onto the road: never before has Mercedes AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R.
The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 430 kW/585 hp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.
Even rom far, he xclusive “AMG green ell agno” pecial aintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car’s origin, having spent most of its development time in the “Green Hell” of the famous Nurburgring racetrack.
“We have closely defined every single component dedicated to performance. The result is an overall composition that perfectly reflects our motto: ‘Handcrafted by racers’. Developed straight from the racetrack onto the road, this unstoppable machine is a car you need to experience first-hand,” says Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East.
The suspension of the new AMG high-performance sports model is also designed for racetrack use. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminium in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The new AMG coil-over suspension was designed specifically for the AMG GT R. Like in professional motorsport, drivers can select their personal set-up and infinitely adjust the spring pre-load manually. This makes it possible to influence the dive and roll behaviour as well as the grip of the AMG GT R precisely as needed to tailor them to personal preferences or to particular racetracks.
Agility and stability
The AMG GT R is even more sensitive to steering inputs, thanks to standard-fit active rear-wheel steering, which is being used for the first time on a Mercedes-AMG model. It adds more value to the vehicle and driving pleasure.
The ultra-modern system offers an ideal combination of agility and stability – handling characteristics that are normally in direct conflict.
The advantage of the AMG GT R is that it is far more agile when steering into bends, resulting in even greater driving enjoyment and less steering effort – especially on small and winding roads or narrow racetracks, on which there are multiple changes in direction, or slalom courses. Further benefits include increased manoeuvrability and a smaller turning circle in everyday driving situations – such as when turning or parking.
Grip to the power of nine
The AMG GT R is not at all short on innovations. For example, the ESP OFF mode allows drivers to exert more influence on the handling characteristics of car.
The new AMG TRACTION CONTROL system – another direct influence from motorsport – allows drivers to pre select the slip on the driven rear axle in nine levels.
Just like in the current AMG GT3, it isolates the grip on the driven wheels and does not affect the stabilisation provided by the ESP®. Corresponding characteristic maps are programmed into the vehicle electronics.
Vehicle’s speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable steering ratio, which enhances vehicle handling and agility at low speeds, while maintaining driving safety at high speeds.
The power assistance is a particular highlight: it responds not only depending on the given road speed, but also according to the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode. The result: the driver has a perfect feel for the vehicle thanks to the direct feedback from the road.
Ready to race
As is the case with other elements, the AMG GT R’s interior draws inspiration from motorsport. The low seat position seamlessly integrates the driver into the cockpit. Extremely light, manually adjustable AMG sports bucket seats, upholstered in Exclusive nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre, come as standard in GCC markets.
Alternatively, tried-and-tested AMG performance seats can be ordered as an option at no extra cost. The optional yellow seat belts, dials with yellow highlights, the AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package and special controls, including those for the new AMG TRACTION CONTROL, underline the unique standing of the new AMG GT R.
More power, faster response
The AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine in the AMG GT R has an output of 430 kW (585 hp), which is 55 kW (75 hp) more than the previous top-of-the-range engine in the GT S. The peak torque of 700 Nm is available between 1900 and 5500 rpm.
With acceleration of zero to 100km/h achieved in just 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 318 km/h, the capabilities of the AMG GT R will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack, adding more to the excitement.
Drivers can tailor the AMG GT R to their personal preferences using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT controller. Various modes are available: “C” (Comfort), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and “I” (Individual). The “RACE” mode optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – shortest shift speeds and highly emotional engine sound are included.