After teasing us with some pictures and videos, Mercedes-AMG finally revealed 2017 GT R to the public. Just like what rumors have said before, this is the most powerful GT ever. Under the hood, there’s a V8 V8 4.0 liter biturbo producing 577 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Its performance is great. GT R can reach 100 km/h from zero in 3.6 seconds and its top speed is 318 km/h. To achieve that performance, Mercedes’ engineers re-tuned the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Interestingly, the supercar now has the real supercar sound. Mercedes calls it as a ‘genuine race car sound’. The noise depends on what the exhaust flaps are doing, which can be open and closed depending on the selected AMG DRIVE SELECT mode as well as controlled individually using a separate button. To get a sound like ‘Green Hell Beast’, the driver need to activate Race or Sport Plus driving mode.
AMG GT R features new three-mode adaptive suspension that is made specifically when the car is out of track. Moreover, Mercedes offers Active Rear-Wheel Steering system that enables the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels up to 100 km/h and in the same direction if the driver accelarrated faster. Another feature is a traction control system whic has 9-way.
In order to keep the beast on the righ track, the coupe comes up with an all-new active aero component that is placed underbody. It’s made from carbon and its weight is just 2 kg. The component will move downward about 40 mm automatically when the speed is up to 80 km/h and it changes the airflow. The result is that front-axle lift is reduced by around 40 kg at 250 km/h.
Outside, the 2017 GT R took inspiration from AMG GT3 Race Car. There are a new vertical grille that reminds me of Mercedes W194 300SL Gullwing racer from 1950s, a chunky air intake, a large rear spoiler, double rear diffuser, and new wheels with 10-spoke 20-inch wrapped in Michelin Cup 2.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R will go on sale on 21st November 2016, and European launch is scheduled in March 2017.
Text: Andhika Pradityo