The AMG GT R lands in MalaysiaPOSTED BY Ian Jerome Leong ON 07 November 2017
When it comes to high performance tuning and automotive racing, only a handful of companies are able to boast a long heritage that continues into the modern era.
Far fewer gain the recognition from automotive manufacturers or form lasting partnerships with the makers of the cars they tune.
For this very reason, the entire world not only takes notice but expects a great engineering marvel with every Mercedes-AMG vehicle released into the market.
With a reputation of producing exclusive cars of supreme automotive performance, efficiency and highly dynamic driving pleasure, AMG did not disappoint when they unveiled the Mercedes-AMG GT R – a supercar that gobbles up tarmac with ease and pushes aside its popular, but aged, Japanese namesake.
Heavily developed on the Nordschleife of the Nurburgring racetrack, the most mentally and physically demanding racetrack in the world, the GT R lapped the infamous circuit with a stunning time of 7:10.92 and subsequently dubbed the Beast of the Green Hell.
A twin-turbo four-litre V8 engine powers the car from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.6 seconds and pushes it to a top speed of 318km/h.
All 585hp and 700Nm of torque is channelled to the rear wheels via an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Its impressive Nurburgring lap time, statistics and stunning looks caused a frenzy on social media and among motoring communities around the world and that is why it was of no surprise that the car’s release in Malaysia would cause a stir.
The GT R made its Malaysian debut on Nov 2 in front of the media under the scorching sun at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia’s home of motorsports.
At the unveil, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s vice president of sales and marketing passenger cars Mark Raine said, “The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a street-legal race car which spearheads the AMG GT family, featuring many desirable characteristics of the GT3. The beast is without a doubt a true testimony to AMG’s racing DNA, the driving performance brand of Mercedes-Benz.”
At first glance, the GT R looked utterly menacing at standstill. The car bears the distinct AMG Panamericana grille that features 15 chrome-plated vertical fins borrowed from the GT3 race car, as well as front splitters, enlarged air intakes, revised carbon fenders and an enlarged rear wing.
It runs on new AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in titanium grey, sized at 10.0 J x 19 ET56 at the front and 12.0 J x 20 ET52 at the rear, all offering a clear view of the huge eye-catching bronze-coloured brake callipers.
Rubbers are factory-fit Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, with 275/35 ZR 19 at the front and 325/30 ZR 20 at the rear.
Under the sheet metal though lie more innovative brilliance from an extensively modified coil-over suspension and intelligent lightweight construction to underbody aerodynamics and an active air management system.
In Race mode, a lightweight carbon component that is situated in front of the engine moves downward at 80km/h to change the direction of airflow, resulting in the car experiencing a Venturi effect, which draws the car towards the road. At 250km/h, this mechanism alone reduces front-axle lift by up to 40kg.
What sets the GT R apart from many other supercars is the active rear-wheel steering, a first for a Mercedes-AMG model.
This feature allows the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels when below 100km/h, allowing drivers to have a tighter turning circle and better manoeuvrability with less steering effort – benefits that are particularly useful when parking or attacking small winding roads and navigating tight slalom courses.
Above 100km/h, however, the system turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels to improve highspeed handling stability.
The GT R is ultimately a track-ready machine that has a ton of technology to make daily driving possible. You would need, however, very deep pockets to have this beauty in your driveway as the GT R sells for an estimated RM1.7 (on-the-road without insurance).