The new Mercedes-AMG GT R is the most track-focused version of the GT sports car yet, and its bright green exterior lets others know it means business. Starting under the hood is a modified version of the AMG GT’s “hot inside V” 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with sharper-reacting turbos and a new exhaust system, producing 577 horsepower and 516lb-ft of torque. This is a 74 horsepower and 37lb-ft of torque increase over the AMG GT S, a car that was praised by countless motorheads.
The AMG GT R is also lighter than the S – it weighs just shy of 3,600 pounds and has a 0-60mph of 3.6 seconds with a 198mph top speed, a 0.2sec cut and 5mph rise over those of the GT S. The GT R also comes with three settings for the stability control as well as nine levels of traction control, adjustable via a racing car-like knob in the middle of the dashboard.
The GT R also comes equipped with a four-wheel steering system, which operates by wire rather than mechanically and allows the rear wheels to turn by as much as 1.5 degrees. This system, similar to the one in the 911 GT3 and other Porsches since, aids agility at low speeds and stability at higher speeds making the AMG GT R handle ridiculously well.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R debuts at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with sales beginning in November and the car launching in March 2017. Expect the price to be a comfortable amount over the $150,000 AMG GT S.