Jaw-Dropping Mercedes-AMG GT R Stands Out Among Supercars at U.S. Debut

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The Mercedes-AMG GT R was a star attraction at the Benz display at Pebble Beach this year as the most performance-oriented car in the brand’s lineup right now.

Mercedes-AMG claims that it has never put this much motorsports technology in any production car ever. Developed at the infamously gruelling Nurburgring, the Mercedes-AMG GT R was bred for blazing lap times and makes a number of enhancements over the AMG GT S. The green coupe has a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine rated at 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That’s 74 more hp and 37 lb-ft more twist than the already impressive AMG GT S. The V8 is mated to the same seven-speed DCT found in the AMG GT and GT S models.2017-Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-13Besides more power, the suspension has been extensively modified, the aerodynamics are new and the electronics are updated to include an adjustable AMG Traction Control system derived from the AMG GT3 race car. It also gets a more aggressive look, an enormous center-mounted exhaust, and a grille unique from the rest of the AMG GT lineup.2017-Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-01Mercedes has not revealed the final weight for the U.S. model, but in Europe, it tips the scales at 3,428 pounds, allowing it to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while top speed is set at 198 mph. That makes it 0.2 seconds faster than the AMG GT S.2017-Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-07Unfortunately, the German automaker didn’t disclose any Nurburgring lap times yet. The model will arrive by mid-2017, when we’ll also know more about pricing.2017-Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-08This green beast is pretty much a street legal race car and enthusiasts should be really excited to find out how fast it can lap the Nurburgring.

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