By far, the most aggressive looking Mercedes-AMG variant, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R looks ready to strike
We have been seeing spy images and teasers for the Mercedes-AMG GT-R for some time now, most recently in the last two or three days. With the Goodwood Festival of Speed here now, we are starting to receive our first official images of the ‘Beast from Affalterbach’.
The initial images reveal that it really does look like a ‘beast’ in every sense of the word. This is separate and aside from the teasers about the Nurburgring or the Green Hell paint job. The pictures really do show a front-end having a serpent-like front-end.
The angles of the headlights and how they are positioned relative to the front grille reveal a more serpent-like look. This is interesting considering that the Mercedes-AMG was accused of being developed on Dodge Viper platform that did not exist.
Differences between the Mercedes-AMG GT and the GT and GT S
The heart of the Mercedes-AMG GT R lies a more potent version of the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine found in the AMG GT and AMG GT S. The engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT R puts out 577 horsepower and most likely 516 pound-feet of torque.
Differences between the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT R and its GT and GT S siblings include a wider track, slightly larger tires, and a modified 7-speed, dual clutch transmission. All of the upgrades mean that the Mercedes-AMG GT R is able to rocket from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, a mere 0.2 seconds faster than the AMG GT S. However, it is in the corners and in handling where the new AMG GT R really seems to shine.
With an official press release, additional photos, and perhaps a video forthcoming, there are many indications that the new Mercedes-AMG GT R is hinting to go after a new record on the Nurburgring for front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
While the front grille has an aggressive front serpent-like fascia, it is clear that it is inspired by the 300 SL (W194) race car just as the Mercedes-AMG GT3 was.
While pricing has not yet been announced, expect to be pay between $185,000 and $200,000. Much lower production numbers than the Mercedes-AMG GT S should be expected as well.
While a Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is in development as we speak, a more potent GT R roadster is a possibility as well.
We will update this post as new information becomes available.
UPDATE – The Mercedes AMG GT R is being unveiled live