Mercedes-AMG GT R, the street version of the spectacular Mercedes-AMG GT3, has been teased for the first time ahead of its official premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. First pictures and info.
So why GT R and not GT3? Simple. The GT R moniker has been chosen instead of the GT3 badge used by the race car, as the “GT3” designation has been exclusively registered by Porsche for production vehicles – the Germans also won the recent legal battle with Aston Martin surrounding the same subject.
The blood relationship with the hardcore GT3 race car is firmly imprinted in the design, with the GT R featuring an upgraded aero package with large fixed rear spoiler, a diffuser and centrally positioned tailpipes. Sure, these elements are not as extroverted as in the GT3, but the similarities are evident. This is also true at the front, where the GT R shows a modified apron with larger air intakes and flaps, more aggressive the hood and the so-called Panamericana grill, lifted straight from the race car.
Under the hood, the 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 will be swaped in favour of the 4.0-liter V8 found in the regular Mercedes-AMG GT. Power will go up, significantly so, of course. Mercedes will extract at least 570 hp and 750 Nm of torque from the AMG twin turbo, as opposed to the 510 HP found in the GT S. This is more than enough for a 3.6 seconds 0-100 km/h run and 200 mph top speed.
Premiere at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood
Expected to be thoroughly re-engineered, the Mercedes-AMG GT R will get a modified suspension, larger brakes and new alloy wheels with wider tires and standard ceramic brakes. The weight of the Mercedes-AMG GT-R is down to less than 1600 kg, thanks to the exclusive carbon roof.
Inside everything will also be trimmed for a sportier look: racing seats, carbon fibre finish and special GT R logos and emblems. The premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT-R will take place on the 24th of June, at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood. The commercial debut is set for 2017.