Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted June 27, 2016 07:58
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R makes global debut with 585 horsepower
Mercedes-AMG has indeed arrived at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed with an even more powerful GT. Simply called the GT R, it is lightest and most powerful GT to date,
Finished in AMG Green Hell Magno, their most powerful production GT to date gets a myriad of powertrain updates, along with subtle exterior and chassis upgrades for better handling and power off the line.
Weighing in at only 1,554 kg, the GT R is 90 kg lighter than the GT S which tips the scale at 1,644 kg. Besides weight reduction, the automaker also tweaked the chassis by installing new active aerodynamic components. One of which is installed at the front near the lip spoiler that moves downward to improved airflow when one is running at 80 km/h in RACE mode.
The front fascia, on the other hand, gets a GT3-inspired finish courtesy of the AMG Panamericana grill. The front lower air intakes are now larger and have been restyled as well. Wider front splitter and side skirts, integrated diffuser on the rear bumper and bigger rear wing also make their way in the GT R.
Rounding it all up is a set of lightweight forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. It has a staggered arrangement, with the front axle getting the smaller 19-inch wheels while the rear axle has the bigger set at 20-inches.
Stepping inside, the GT R still gets the familiar cabin styling but slightly differs thanks to the yellow contrast accents and stitching. Other additions placed in the 2018 GT R include the AMG performance bucket seats which are upholstered in both nappa leather and dinamica.
As mentioned earlier, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 has been tuned to produce more power. It now cranks out 585 PS along with 699 Nm of torque, dwarfing the GT S output ratings (517 PS and 650 Nm). Power is still channeled through the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. 0 – 97 km/h for the GT R was clocked in at 3.5 seconds while top speed is rated at 318 km/h.
Other upgrades placed on the 2018 AMG GT include: rear-wheel steering, electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle, more durable carbon fiber torque tube, new exhaust system and the optional ceramic composite braking system.
It is scheduled to make its U.S. debut come mid-2017.