2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R

When it debuted, the Mercedes-AMG GT did a hell of a job
against the likes of Jaguar
F-Type and Porsche 911. Well, if you thought the automaker
would stop there you are wrong. Mercedes went two better, the
German automaker has followed up the release of the AMG GT S
with the range-topping AMG GT R which is set to hunt down the
likes of Porsche 911 GT 3 RS and Ferrari 488 GTB. The
track-oriented 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R is the most potent road
car the AMG design house in Brooklands has ever made. Mercedes
showcased the model at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Exterior

The model is based on the already awe-inspiring GT S but AMG
has added the racing technologies of the GT3 which have been
customized for street riding. The GT R beats the GT S in all
departments. Its body is by itself captivating.  The model
showcased at the Goodwood festival wore AMG Green Hell Magno
paint to pay homage to the Nurburgring track where it was made.

The vehicle features an underbody spoiler with loaded springs
to protect against ground strikes. The front bumper has been
revised compared to the one on the GT S. The bumper is
integrated with huge air intakes for better cooling of the
engine. To further improve cooling, the vehicle features an
active air management system with electronically controlled
louvers which take just a second to adjust air flow. The
louvers only open when the engine needs extra cooling;
otherwise, they remain closed to reduce drag.

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At the rear, the GT R features stretched rear guards to
accommodate its 20-inch wheels. The model also features a
double diffuser under the rear bar to add down-force as well as
channel heat out of the exhaust silencers. The rear also
features a huge carbon-fiber wing which is manually adjustable.
Its angle can be adjusted to add or reduce down-force as need
be.

I understand that under its underbody engine cover there is an
active aerodynamic piece which can lower itself by 40 mm when
the model is in Race mode to increase down-force and redirect
airflow to the rear diffuser.

Its suspension has been revised where steel pieces have been
replaced with forged alloy pieces. On the other hand, its
springs can be manually adjusted to alter the ride height. We
are told that its active dampers adjust individually according
to the speed, terrain or the load the vehicle is carrying.

The model rides on 275/35 ZR19 and 325/30 ZR20 Michelin Cup
Sport tires at the front and rear respectively.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Interior

Far from what you expect, the cabin has not been stripped down
to the bare essentials; rather, the cabin still features the
luxurious flare associated with Mercedes models.  The
vehicle comes with bucket seats which are wrapped in 
Dinamica microfiber and leather with contrasting yellow seat
belts .There are also yellow colored dials to complete the
look. One can also opt for the Interior Piano Lacquer trim.

The model is hooked up with AMG Interior Night Package as a
standard. A matt black interior trim is offered as an option.
The GT R has a high center console and sills but a low-set
driving position all meant to improve the driver’s experience
behind the wheels.

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However, handling is where the model excels most. AMG has
hooked up the GT R with active 4-wheel steering that also
features steering actuators in place of rear control arms. This
helps quicken the model’s handling in speeds above 60 mph;
beyond this speed, all wheels align in the same direction which
in turn stretches the wheelbase to improve stability and
enhance its handling.

The model also features the GT3 racer’s 9-stage traction
control system which enables the driver to specify the level of
control he/she requires through a rotary knob mounted on the
center console.

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Engine Specs and performance

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R will be powered by the same engine
as the GT and GT S. This is the 4.0 L, V-8 engine. On the base
GT, this engine produces 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque and 503
hp and 479 lb-ft of torque on the GT S. On the GT R, the engine
has been tweaked for a whole 577 hp and though torque figures
are not yet out, I believe it will exceed 500 lb-ft.

This extra “juice” enables the GT R to hit 60 mph from
standstill in 3.5 seconds compared to the GT’s 3.9 seconds and
GT S’s 3.7 seconds over the same run. The automaker has hiked
its top speed to 198 mph, a mere 5 mph increase from the GT S
to differentiate the model as the top dog of the lineup.

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Prices

Mercedes has not uttered any words concerning the GT R’s price
or actual on sale date. However, the model will be showcased at
the Goodwood Festival of Speed which will be held on
24th June. As for the price, the model is likely to
fetch around $ 140,000. We will convey exact prices when the
automaker releases more information.

Competition

The top rivals of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R will be the
Porsche
911 GT3 RS,
Acura NSX, Lamborghini
Huracan, Ferrari
488 GTB and McLaren
570 GT.

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