Words by Eduardo Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photo Source: Paul Tan Automotive News
West Sussex, England – The home of the annual hill climb event Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is also an event some car manufacturers launch their latest creations, like the Mercedes AMG GT R. Designed with racetrack in mind, the AMG GT R’s development came about from its mightier sibling — the AMG GT3.
Painted in AMG green hell magno in relation to Nürburgring’s North Loop dubbed as “Green Hell”, the car boasts more racing credentials with its front mid-engine twin turbo 4.0L V8 engine that outputs 585hp at 6250 rpm and generates 700 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and goes to the transaxle at the rear, which then pushes it from nought to 100 kph in 3,6s and max out at 318 kph.
Weight distribution is kept at 47.3 to 52.7, front and rear, while an all-new suspension design and active rear-wheel steering (max at 1.5 degrees) makes it something to reckoned with through corners.
Exterior-wise, it is peppered with some active carbon fibre aerodynamic package, new titanium exhaust pipe and the gorgeously looking grille, which is reminiscent of the 1950s’ Mercedes Panamericana 300 SL and the AMG GT3. Inside you’re treated with leather and alcantara combo with yellow stitching, bucket seats, and matte carbon fibre with gloss black centre console. If you pay close attention to the detail, there’s a knob right there than gives nine traction control settings.
Price estimate: $160,000.