Mercedes GT R in mid 2017
Mercedes GT R 2017 is expected in July. That will mark a new addition to the GT series after base GT, and GT S. Two more models – GT C Roadster and GT C Coupe are to follow in 2018.
The GT R uses a retuned version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine found in the GT S, boosting power by 55kW to a formidable 430kW at 6250prm, while torque remains the same at 700Nm from 1900-5500rpm.
Other features include wider front and rear wings and an increased track width, which combines to achieve “even higher cornering speeds” and better grip. It also gets a large, rear aero foil, a new rear apron with double diffuser and “active elements” in the new front fascia which help enhance aerodynamics.
The GT R was developed based on racing experience in the AMG GT3 used in the German DTM racing series, and the company says the new model was designed with track use in mind.
The GT R combines the user-friendliness of the GT with the manic performance of the GT3 racecar. It has a top speed of 318km/h and a 0-100km/h time of just 3.6 seconds, representing 8km/h and 0.2 second improvements over the GT S, respectively.
Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers said the GT R combines the user-friendliness of the GT with the manic performance of the GT3 racecar. “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.