Mercedes-AMG recently unleashed its AMG GT R on track in Portugal and we got a chance to whip the bewinged, track-primed AMG around the Portimao circuit, followed by a stint on the road, to see what it delivers.
What happens when you strip down a Mercedes-AMG GTS, add more downforce and tweak just about every component in the search for extra performance? You get an AMG GT R, that's what!
It's fast, it's loud, but it's not as difficult to drive as you would expect. We sent seasoned motoring scribe Hannes Oosthuizen to Portugal to make a video of the machine affectionately know as "the monster from the Green Hell".
- Engine: 4.0-litre V8 biturbo
- Power: 430 kW/6 250 rpm
- Torque: 700 Nm/1 900-5 500 rpm
- Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
- 0-100 kph: 3.6 sec
- Maximum speed: 318 kph
- Availability in SA: Order books are open. First delivery around May next year
- Price in SA: R2 689 900