2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R
All is quiet on the northern front. Normally, on a weekday afternoon, the Nürburgring Nordschleife would be crowded with prototypes being tested or the exotica of a high-end track day. Instead we arrive to find it completely deserted, with the only car authorized to use the 12.9-mile-long track being the almost painfully green Mercedes-AMG GT R that is currently sitting silent in the short pit lane. Mercedes must have written a sizable check for exclusive access, the famous circuit booked to give us a taste of its 577-hp range-topper’s capabilities.
The GT R is in its spiritual, if not corporeal, home. We might be 191 miles from AMG’s base in Affalterbach, but every part of this car has been designed to perform here, especially against the clock. The R is wearing a bright metallic shade of paint that puts us in mind of a streaking frog, officially known as Green Hell Magno. This is a reference to Jackie Stewart’s famous description of what the Nürburgring was back in its driver-slaying heyday (we hope he’s getting a licensing fee) and evidence of the obsession with the place that grips the auto industry.
As cars have gotten faster, it has become harder to distinguish them through raw performance statistics. Straight-line metrics such as acceleration and even top-speed numbers are losing their relevance in a world where top sports cars routinely hit 60 mph in three seconds and many can do 200 mph. Hence the importance placed on setting lap times of the Nordschleife.
This place is a historical anomaly, a circuit designed to show off the monstrous speed of prewar Grand Prix cars and long since adjudged too dangerous for more powerful motorsport categories. Nothing faster than GT3 cars competes here these days, and the Nordschleife’s main function is as a dynamic playground for chassis engineers and, through the Tourist Driving sessions when anyone can have a lap in return for 29 euros, to keep YouTube stocked with crash videos.
Mercedes AMG GTR Specifications
|AMG GTR||4.0-litre V8, twin turbocharged|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||3.6 seconds|
|AMG GT Roadster||4.0-litre V8, twin turbocharged|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||4 seconds|
|Gearbox||7-speed dual clutch|
Mercedes AMG GTR India Interior
Interior design of the 2017 AMG GTR is heavily inspired by motorsport. For the first time, Mercedes has used the standard-fit active rear-wheel steering on the 2017 AMG GT-R. This system offers a perfect combination of stability and agility. What further enhance its track performance are AMG traction control, electronically controlled limited slip differential on the rear axle, wider front and rear wings.
The car has extremely AMG sports bucket seats with Nappa leather and DINAMICA microfiber upholstery. The yellow seat belts, dials with yellow highlights, special controls and AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package are option on the race car. The dashboard has aviation design theme with four centrally positioned vents
Mercedes AMG GTR India Brakes & Suspension System
The high-performance AMG GTR features 390mm internally ventilated and perforated brakes discs on the front axle and 360mm on the rear axle. This system ensures high-fade resistance and great deceleration. A ceramic high-performance composite braking system is an optional offering. Damping duties on the car are carried out by wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers upfront and forged aluminium rear units. This new AMG coil-over suspension comes with the AMG ride control continuously variable, adaptive damping system that can be controlled by AMG Dynamic select drive modes or AMG drive unit.
First impressions are of the sheer force of the GT R’s acceleration and how angry it sounds. Second impressions, arriving seconds later, are of the severity of the g-forces generated under braking and how even the heavily bolstered sport seat suddenly feels short on lateral support in the corners. Third impressions? Maybe lunch wasn’t such a great idea.
Apologies if you’re looking for an in-depth critique of how the GT R deals with the Nordschleife on a corner-by-corner basis. It ain’t going to happen; notes were not being taken, and indeed, eyes weren’t always open. While various video games give a good idea of the shape of the track and the order the turns come in, they give no preparation for just how three-dimensional it feels or how close the barriers get in the faster sections. The real challenge for a car traveling as quickly as the GT R comes in the parts of the circuit where high-speed bumps cause it either to rise on its suspension or even to lose contact with the ground. The most famous of these, Pflanzgarten, creates the brief but stomach-lurching impression of the AMG catching air, landing just in time to squeak around the next right-hander.