MERCEDES-AMG’S potent GT R flagship will sprint into Australian showrooms in
July with pricing from $349,000 plus on-road costs – a $50,000 premium over
what now becomes the mid-spec GT S Coupe.
The GT R performance halo that the German car-maker has described as the
“spearhead of the Mercedes-AMG model range” was revealed mid-last year and will
join the GT S and base GT that are already on sale here.
A pair of other variants – the GT C Coupe and the GT C Roadster – will also
join the burgeoning line-up Down Under, with the drop-top landing by the end of
the year, while the hard-top arrives in early 2018.
The price puts the GT R in competition with exotic fare such as the Maserati
GranTurismo Stradale coupe ($345,000), Audi R8 V10 Quattro ($354,616) and the
Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 ($378,900) and not far off the Porsche 911 Carrera
The GT R Coupe – there is no Roadster version yet – uses the same
front-mid-mounted twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine but tweaked to pump out
430kW of power at 6250rpm and 700Nm of torque from 1900 to 5500rpm. This is
55kW more power than the GT S but the same torque.
Compared with the GT and GT S, the R gains wider front and rear mudguards to
house a wider track that in turn makes for better grip and “even higher
cornering speeds”, according to the car-maker.
Aerodynamics are improved through “active elements” in the new front apron, a
large rear aerofoil and a new rear apron with a double diffuser.
AMG says the R was designed for track use, and that its development was based
on racing experience in AMG GT3 German Touring Car Masters.
The 0-100km/h sprint time is 3.6 seconds – 0.2s quicker than the GT S – and top
speed is 318km/h which is 8km/h quicker than the S.
The unique ‘AMG green hell magno’ colour is an homage to the Green Hell, which
is the North Loop of the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. It also gains
the new Panamericana grille based on the grille from the AMG GT3 racecar.
AMG’s new traction control system “comes directly from motorsport”, according
to the go-fast division, and features an ESP Off mode.
Depending on the mode, AMG says the system allows for more or less slip on the
rear wheels, according to driver preference. The chassis also features
four-wheel steering and adjustable coil-over suspension.
Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers said the company had reached the next level of
driving performance with the new GT R.
“This road-going sportscar with motor-racing genes and innovative technical
solutions offers an ultimate driving experience that allows people to feel our
motorsport origins in every fibre,” he said.
“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.”
Full Australian specification will be revealed closer to the launch in