Developed in the "Green Hell"
- The new Mercedes-AMG GT R is developed straight from the "Green Hell" of the Nurburgring racetrack
- Its sporty interior comes equipped with stylish AMG sports bucket seats and upholstered in Exclusive nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre
- A lightweight exterior design combined with a sculpted body and eye-catching Panamericana grille make for a full race car experience
- Zero to 100km/h is achieved in just 3.6 seconds
From the world's most demanding racetrack directly onto the road: never before has Mercedes‑AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 430 kW/585 hp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience. Even from afar, the exclusive "AMG green hell magno" special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car's origin, having spent most of its development time in the "Green Hell" of the Nurburgring racetrack.
"We have defined every single component dedicated to performance. The result is an overall composition that perfectly reflects our motto: ‘Handcrafted by racers’. Developed straight from the racetrack on to the road, this unstoppable machine is a car you need to experience first-hand," said Lennart Mueller-Teut, Head of Marketing & Communications, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East.
Close collaboration between design and aerodynamics experts
Aerodynamics engineers and designers worked together more intensively than ever during the development of the new AMG GT R. Together, they ensured that every element of the AMG GT R has an inherent technical benefit that enhances driving dynamics. Moreover, the AMG design idiom of "Dynamic Presence" formed the basis for the vehicle’s expressive appearance and very distinct look.
The design of the AMG GT R embodies sensuous clarity – hot & cool. In addition to the powerfully sculpted body and motorsport components, the new AMG Panamericana grille is a real eye-catcher. This unique feature also comes from the world of motorsport and marks its standard-production première in the AMG GT R - its 15 chrome-plated vertical fins cite the look of the new AMG GT3 racing car.
The side view additionally benefits from the new, optional AMG Performance forged wheels in matte black. The especially lightweight 10-spoke wheel is exclusive to the AMG GT R and its highly elaborate design includes a drop-centre rim, a milled groove and two high-sheen rim rings of different width. Its wheel size is 10.0 J x 19 ET56 at the front and 12.0 J x 20 ET52 at the rear. The lightweight design of the wheels has three advantages: it reduces the overall weight, the rotatory mass and the unsprung mass.
The rear end also features numerous, conspicuous innovations: the new aluminium side walls widen the rear of the AMG GT R by a total of 57 millimetres, creating space for the larger 20-inch wheels and the wider track.
Individual set-up: AMG coil-over suspension
The suspension of the new AMG high-performance sports model is also designed for racetrack use. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminium in order to reduce the unsprung masses.
The new AMG coil-over suspension was designed specifically for the AMG GT R. Like in professional motorsport, drivers can select their personal set-up and infinitely adjust the spring pre-load manually. This makes it possible to influence the dive and roll behaviour as well as the grip of the AMG GT R precisely as needed to tailor them to personal preferences or particular racetracks.
Agility and stability: the active rear-wheel steering
The new AMG GT R is even more sensitive to steering inputs thanks to standard-fit active rear-wheel steering, which is being used for the first time on a Mercedes-AMG model. The system offers an ideal combination of agility and stability ‑ handling characteristics that are normally in direct conflict.
The advantage of the AMG GT R is far more agile when steering into bends, resulting in even greater driving enjoyment and less steering effort ‑ especially on small and winding roads, narrow racetracks on which there are multiple changes in direction, or slalom courses. Further benefits include increased manoeuvrability and a smaller turning circle in everyday driving situations ‑ such as when turning or parking. The active rear-wheel steering not only improves cornering, it also assists the driver in the event of sudden evasive manoeuvres, thereby enhancing safety and making the AMG GT R easier to control at the limit.
Grip to the power of nine: AMG TRACTION CONTROL
The AMG GT R is not short on innovations. For example, the ESP OFF mode allows drivers to exert even more influence on the handling characteristics of the AMG GT R. The new AMG TRACTION CONTROL system - another direct influence from motorsport - allows drivers to pre‑select the slip on the driven rear axle in nine levels. Just like in the current AMG GT3, it isolates the grip on the driven wheels and does not affect the stabilisation provided by the ESP®. Corresponding characteristic maps are programmed into the vehicle electronics.
Control is via a special rotary switch located in the centre console below the ventilation outlets. Depending on the setting, the system permits more or less slip on the rear wheels ‑ very helpful in varying road conditions. Level 1 is programmed for driving in the wet with high safety reserves. Level 9 allows maximum slip on the rear axle.
A luminescent band of LEDs around the rotary switch indicates the current setting ‑ this display logic likewise has its origins in motorsport. In addition, the setting is indicated on the instrument cluster's central display.
Variable ratio: speed-sensitive sports steering
The speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable steering ratio, which enhances vehicle handling and agility at low speeds while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. The power assistance is a particular highlight: it responds not only depending on the given road speed, but also according to the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode. The result: the driver has a perfect feel for the vehicle thanks to the direct feedback from the road.
Ready to race: the interior design
As is the case with other elements, the AMG GT R’s interior draws inspiration from motorsport. The low seat position seamlessly integrates the driver into the cockpit. Extremely light, manually adjustable AMG sports bucket seats upholstered in Exclusive nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibrecome as standard in GCC markets. Alternatively, tried-and-tested AMG performance seats can be ordered as an option at no extra cost. The optional yellow seat belts, dials with yellow highlights, the AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package and special controls, including those for the new AMG TRACTION CONTROL, underline the unique standing of the new AMG GT R. The wide-looking dashboard with its four central spotlight-style vents, and the individual vents at the right and left ends of the dashboard, reinforce the sporty impression.
The new AMG Interior Night package comes as standard. In this package, the shift paddles, steering wheel spokes, seat insert (on the AMG performance seat), door sills and boot cross member are finished in high-gloss black, which combines with the standard-specification AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package to further emphasise the sportiness. Customers can optionally order the trim in matte black carbon fibre.
More power, more torque, faster response: the engine
The AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine in the AMG GT R has an output of 430 kW (585 hp), which is 55 kW (75 hp) more than the previous top-of-the-range engine in the GT S. The peak torque of 700 Nm is available between 1900 and 5500 rpm. With acceleration of zero to 100km/h achieved in just 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 318 km/h, the capabilities of the AMG GT R will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.
The increase in performance was achieved with the help of new turbochargers with modified compressor machining, smaller wastegate aneroid capsule and sharpened engine mapping. The eight-cylinder unit thrills with its spontaneous response, precisely measured power output and linear power delivery with powerful thrust in all engine speed ranges, all of which makes the car far easier to control when driving at the limit.
The AMG 4.0-litre V-8 engine features the tried-and-tested twin turbochargers, which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a 'hot inside V'. The benefits are: a compact engine design, spontaneous response from the turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters. This basic principle of the new AMG V-8 family has been further optimised for the AMG GT R and enables further improved performance.
Even more suitable for the racetrack: the dual-clutch transmission
The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission configured in transaxle layout at the rear axle has likewise been extensively revised by the AMG developers, who modified the hardware and the software to make the transmission even more suitable for the racetrack. First gear in the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission has a longer ratio, while seventh gear and the final drive have shorter ratios to allow a more agile acceleration experience that rapidly responds to fast accelerator pedal movements.
Drivers can tailor the AMG GT R to their personal preferences using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT controller. Various modes are available: "C" (Comfort), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus) and "I" (Individual). The "RACE" mode optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – shortest shift speeds and highly emotional engine sound are included. By pressing the separate "M" button in the centre console, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode.
AMG Track package
Those heading off to the racetrack can choose the optional AMG Track package, which can be ordered exclusively for the AMG GT R. It consists of a roll-over protection system, an included 4-point seat belt for the driver and a fire extinguisher.
The screwed steel tube cage of the roll-over protection system is positioned directly behind the seats and painted black. On special request a version is available in the vehicle colour. The cage comprises a main bar, a belt anchor point strut, two rear struts plus a diagonal rear cross. The system offers the driver even greater protection in case of an accident. It also further increases the already excellent vehicle rigidity and thus also has a positive influence on the vehicle's dynamics.
The included 4-point seat belt is exclusively intended for use on the racetrack and only in combination with the AMG sports bucket seat. It fixes the driver optimally in the seat even during strong lateral acceleration. Due to the central buckle it is also very quick and easy to unfasten the belt. It goes without saying that the 3-point seat belt for on-road use remains on board.
The model at a glance:
|Mercedes-AMG GT R|
|Engine||4.0-litre V-8 with twin turbochargers and direct injection|
|Output||430 kW (585 hp) at 6250 rpm|
|Peak torque||700 Nm at 1900-5500 rpm|
|Driven wheels||Rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed dual-clutch transmission|
|Fuel consumption - urban/extra-urban/combined||15.0/9.2/11.4 l/100 km|
|Combined CO2 emissions||15.0/9.2/11.4 l/100 km|
|Weight (DIN/EC)||1555*/1630** kg|
|Power-to-weight ratio||2.66*/2.79** kg/hp|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6 s|
|Top speed||318 km/h|
*Kerb weight according to DIN, not including driver and luggage; **Kerb weight according to EC, including driver (75 kg)