Mercedes-AMG recently revealed its all-new iteration – GT R in India. This performance car is one rare creation which is not a limited edition as of now and is also the fastest production car in India that set the fastest lap of 2:09.853 minutes at the Buddh International Circuit. Flaunting the green magno matt paint over its skin, the long-hooded performance master with its roaring active exhaust system makes sure to turn a lot of heads.
Deserving all the astonishing reactions, it is a difficult task to describe this cult in mere words. But, let’s just course through the performance DNA of this beast to boost the insatiable hunger within to own it!
The AMG GT R sports a wide 15-fin chrome grille and houses the chunky Mercedes badge. The bumper and headlamps are neatly carved into the hood; which stretches back to a generous amount of length. Quickly turning upwards at the windscreen before the cockpit-like-cabin, the design flows through a short length after which it dips downwards abruptly… a few inches away from the rear wheel. The rear is home to a rear wing and double diffusers which let the air drawn from the air dam to flow judiciously. Further, a carbon-fibre made underbody panel directs air to the rear diffusers which integrally make the GT R’s design comparatively more aerodynamic than the previous AMG models. Also, the 10-spoke forged wheels muffled within the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are neatly assembled from the underneath of the chassis, thereby making its profile more ground-committed and aggressive.
Under the hood, the twin-turbocharged V8 4-litre petrol engine comes with dual clutch transmission and rear-wheel steering. The rear-wheel steering sets a virtual variation in the wheelbase, where the traction – up to 100 kmph will set the rear wheels in a motion opposite to the direction of movement of the front wheels making the wheelbase reduce virtually. At 100 kmph and above, all the wheels start moving in the same direction thereby increasing the wheelbase. This is an anchoring feature to see upkeep stability at high-speeds.
Being a performance beast straight out of the Green Hell north loop section of the Nurburgring, it contains 9 modes of traction control to control slippage of the tyres on track and 3-mode suspension setup to meet the driver’s desire for immaculate performance. With all the power from the mill and low-in-weight carbon-fibre components on the chassis, the GT R can thrust from 0-100 kmph at just 3.6 seconds. The speedometer can climb a maximum of 308 kmph approximately.
Mercedes has been focusing majorly on the AMG GT R’s performance and will likely be competing with Porsche 911 GT3/RS and is strategically priced at Rs. 2.23 crore (ex-showroom). It has not been sparing much of its time to modify the interiors. But, with manually-adjustable bucket seats, the interior including yellow seat belts and stitching can be described best as the old world charm.
The additional accessories coming with additional costs will include features like keyless-go, Mercedes’ Parktronic system with reversing camera, carbon ceramic brakes, four-point seatbelt harnesses, a fire extinguisher, and much more. Having said all of that to drool over, bookings for this beast have already begun!