Track ready Mercedes-AMG GT R brute coming to Australia
THE Mercedes-AMG GT S is one of the most brutish and brilliant performance cars on sale today: a German muscle car in an elegant skin.
Yet what if this $300,000 weapon - all 375kW/650Nm twin-turbo V8 goodness of it - still doesn't pump your pistons? You know, it isn't quite racy enough and needs to gain some oomph and presence while shedding some kilos?
Set to launch in Australia this time next year (but get your orders in now), the AMG GT R has had its V8 fettled to now give 430kW/700Nm (an extra 55kW/50Nm), suspension has been "extensively modified" there's new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction strips kg over a boggo GT S.
Plus - and why wouldn't you - you can order yours in AMG Green Hell magno paint, as seen in the pictures.
Enhancements include wider front and rear wings to allow an increased track width for improved grip, large rear aerofoil, rear double diffuser and lighter 20-inch forged wheels shod in street-legal (and very grippy) Micheling Pilot Sport Cup 2 racing tyres.
You also score active rear-wheel steering, adjustable coilover suspension and, because you're not Lewis Hamilton, a nine-way adjustable traction control system.
On the aesthetics front there's the quite stunning AMG Panamericana grille as seen on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer race car - a first for an AMG production vehicle - while there's a carbon fibre roof and exclusive yellow brake callipers.
"With the new AMG GT R we have reached the next level of driving performance," said Professor Thomas Weber of Daimler AG.
"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."
Adding the likes of rear-wheel steering, active aero and a large rear aerofoil has piled on the pounds, but weight saving measures include ditching some soundproofing and using carbon fibre for the front wings, roof and the torque tube between engine and transmission.
Overall there's a drop of just 15kg over a GT S, but this helps the GT R hit 100kmh in 3.6 seconds: 0.2s quicker than the GT S.
The cost? You'll have to make your own guess, but around $400,000 seems likely. But positively, we'll be seeing some GT Rs arrive in Australia next year.