It’s been teased, dangled, rumored and denied, but the baddest of the AMGs, the GT R, is finally here. And it’s just as awesome as all the hype leading up to it.
The first thing that rips your attention to AMG’s newest machine is its loud “AMG green hell magno” paintwork, which pays respect to the Nürburgring (AKA the Green Hell) that it cut its teeth on. From there, the exterior updates include a new nose with active aero bits and new, pissed-looking AMG Panamericana grille, larger wheel wheels to house the enlarged rolling stock, and a new rear look with an updated fascia, airfoil, and double diffuser. Under the body is another aero component that sucks the car toward the road when cresting 50 mph in “Race” mode to create up to an additional 88.2 pounds of downforce at 155 mph.
Under the hood, the GT R comes with the same 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 as its GT brethren, but AMG cranked the output to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque—increases of 74 horsepower and 37 pound-feet when compared to the GT S. This engine also features a slew of electronic updates to improve throttle response and transmission parameters, as well as a 1.5-pound-lighter flywheel. This all routes through a heavily tuned AMG Performance seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with five modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Individual, and Race.
The results of all this modifying and tweaking are a 3.5-second sprint to 60 mph and a 198 mph top speed—improvements of 0.2 seconds and 5 mph relative to the GT S.
Being a Nürburgring-trained beast, the GT R, of course, has loads of chassis tweaks to run through. These include forged-aluminum wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers, uniball spherical bearings, an enhanced rear antiroll bar, an updated coilover suspension, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and active rear steering. Lastly, there are nine settings available in the GT R’s traction-control system that range from strict nannies (level one) to let the tail wag (level nine)
Pricing and release details aren’t available yet, but stay tuned because they should come soon.