With 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, the 4-liter BiTurbo V8 Mercedes-AMG GT R is an enthusiast’s dream. AMG’s rear-wheel-drive engineering marvel is an absolute blast to drive and equally impressive to look at. As one observer noted, “that car looks like it is going 100 miles per hour sitting still.”
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R is beautiful inside and out with an ergonomic interior that fits well with the luxurious Mercedes brand. From the stunning center console to the purposeful steering wheel, the aviation-inspired interior matches the GT R’s exterior step for step. The leather seats are comfortable and supportive and offer an almost infinite level of adjustability.
Cargo space is impressive considering the nature of the car. The 5.8 cubic-foot trunk is tiny, but the space works well for trips to the grocery store or stowing a single carry-on bag.
AMG has gone to extensive lengths to reduce the vehicle’s weight and assure a performance-enhancing rear-biased weight distribution. To aid in this quest. the seven-speed dual-clutch rear-mounted transmission is linked to the engine by means of a carbon-fiber driveshaft. The vehicle’s exotic styling is complemented by the use of exotic build materials.
Acceleration is dramatic. Zero to sixty clicks by in 3.5 seconds. The dual-clutch automatic transmission makes lightning-fast shifts through the transmission’s seven gears. The entire vehicle is designed for performance. Notable engineering standouts include a dry-sump lubrication system that replaces the traditional oil pan with a remote oil reservoir and the turbocharger configuration that shortens the intake’s air path for more immediate throttle response.
Fuel economy is rated at 15/2o city/highway mpg.
Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, says it well, “Our sports-car and performance brand AMG has its roots in motorsport and, ever since its formation, has repeatedly faced up to the competition on the racetrack. These genes are particularly prevalent in the new AMG GT R. Boasting a wealth of technological innovations, the new top-of-the-range model is proof of the close collaboration between our constructors of racing cars and road-going vehicles.”
The 2020 Mercedes AMG GT R Roadster will be limited to 750 vehicles. Pricing starts at $185, 750.