With the help of the always competent AMG Performance team, Mercedes-Benz is getting deeper in the most exclusive segment of exoticness. With the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R, the company is taking a leap forward in these matters, representing a massive improvement if we compare with past models.
In terms of color and design, the 2017 GT R from AMG is one of the cockiest and aggressive Mercedes cars of our era. Every single detail on this model highlights how powerful and sexy it is, beginning with the Green Hell color: an exclusive for this model, inspired by the popular nickname for the Nürburgring race track, in Germany.
The 2017 GT R also represents the next stage of evolution for the highly successful GT S, both in terms of sales and performance. The carmaker and the performance team tweaked every single aspect, achieving notable enhancements.
Let’s get into the details
The 2017 GT R is a compact but muscular sports car. No matter the angle, it will show to you as a strong beast, always ready to compete. Regarding the power onboard, we are getting a highly-tuned twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine that is capable of producing up to 577 horsepower at 6250 RPM and a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft at 5500 RPM.
Under the massive hood, which brings elegance among all the violence this model inspires, the powerplant works along with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The gearbox is delicately tuned and comes with nine different drive settings, governed by a cutting-edge platform.
In terms of performance, numbers go up in comparison with its closest sibling. The top speed is around 198 mph (319 km/h). Regarding the acceleration, the 2017 GT R can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, according to early reports.
We also find an optimized electronically controlled limited-slip differential and a pair of electric motors that make important adjustments on the rear axle during demanding sessions.
Aerodynamics and Looks
At all the angles, the GT R was improved in terms of aerodynamics. New technologies, all based on carbon-fiber elements, are working 24/7 and creating the right conditions on the track.
But even with all the additions, the GT R enjoys a lower curb weight in comparison with the S model. One of the reasons for this can be the increased use of carbon-fiber in many notable aspects of the vehicle. For example, the torque tube and the roof panel on the 2017 GT R are both made of top-class carbon-fiber, replacing the heavier materials from the GT S.
The appearance remains the same, basically. Slight changes can be noticed in bumpers, driven by aerodynamic enhancements. The Green Hell color, of course, is exclusive for this car.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R is an outstanding show of power and improvement from the German carmaker, something we cannot simply miss. While the S model was a great achievement, this new model raises the bar.
Which is really exciting is that the production will not be limited. However, base price still unknown. Media authorities aim something close to US$200,000.