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Mercedes-AMG GT-R premieres at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mercedes-AMG GT-R premieres at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Ninad Ambre Ninad Ambre Monday 27 June 2016, 18:42 PM

The Mercedes-AMG GT R recently made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is the latest member from the brand's AMG GT family, which also becomes the new range-topping model from Mercedes' line-up.

The AMG GT-R is a new hardcore version of the GT, more of a track-oriented version. Featuring a mean green avatar, the supercar gets carbon fibre parts along with aerodynamic enhancements. Powering the GT-R is the same 4.0-litre twin turbo as the AMG GT S, but this one is tweaked for more power. 74bhp more than the current top-performing GT-S, bumping the total output to 577bhp. All this power is sent to the rear 20-inch lightweight aluminum wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle. A limited slip differential is nestled inside this transaxle.

Apart from the loads of wizardry, the main feature is the rear wheel steering - the first on a Mercedes. The conventional control arms on the rear axle are replaced by two electro-mechanical actuators. A "by-wire" system adjusts the tow angle of the rear wheels up to a maximum of 1.5-degrees. With this mechanism, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels up to a speed of 62mph. This virtually shortens the wheelbase, which is virtually lengthened above 62mph.

We had only seen the spyshots of the Mercedes-AMG GT-R in a camouflaged body lapping the Nurburgring track or undergoing winter testing. And now that the carmaker has unveiled the green monster in an ‘AMG green hell magno’ matte paint, we just can’t wait for it to be officially launched in March 2017.

 

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