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POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 27 June 2016

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MERCEDES-BENZ performance ar,m AMG, has taken lessons learned from the world’s most demanding racetrack — Nurburgring — directly onto the road.

The company says it has never packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R.

The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 585hp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.

Even from afar, the exclusive “AMG green hell magno” special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car’s origin, having spent most of its development time in the “Green Hell” of the Nurburgring racetrack.

Wider front and rear wings allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. The new front fascia with active elements, the large rear aerofoil and the new rear fascia with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip.

The lightweight forged wheels shod with cup tyres as standard are likewise designed for maximum driving dynamics. The same applies to other new features such as the active rear-wheel steering, the nine-way adjustable traction control system and the adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control.

Boasting a wealth of technological innovations, the new top-of-the-range model is proof of the close collaboration between our constructors of racing cars and road-going vehicles,” says Professor Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes?Benz Cars Development.

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“With the new AMG GT R, we have reached the next level of driving performance. This road-going sports car with motor-racing genes and innovative technical solutions offers an ultimate driving experience that allows people to feel our motorsport origins in every fibre.

“It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT. Those with petrol in their veins will be thrilled by the radical longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the precise turn-in, and the sensational grip. We have modified all performance-relevant components and linked them together intelligently for maximum driving dynamics,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes?AMG GmbH.

The GT R was revealed at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

The GT R’s front mid-engined 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine can produce a 0-100kmh time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 318kmh – importantly pitting it ahead of the marque’s fiercest car to-date, the 317kmh SLS AMG.

As before, the GT R’s re-worked seven-speed dual clutch transmission is mounted at the rear of the car, sending drive to the rear wheels and completing its trans-axle layout.

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The GT R features active aerodynamics concealed in the underbody in front of the engine. At a speed of 80 km/h in RACE mode, a carbon component automatically moves downward by about 40 millimetres and changes the airflow.

This process results in what is known as the Venturi effect, which additionally ‘sucks’ the car onto the road and reduces the front-axle lift by around 40 kilograms at 250 km/h. Mercedes says the addition improves the directional stability of the GT R and results in better high-speed steering response.

AMG will again raise the benchmark with its anticipated confirmation of the GT Black Series in the coming months. Sitting above the GT R, the halo model is expected to offer even more performance, including a power output in the vicinity of 600hp.

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