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AMG GT R

AMG GT R 

Mercedes AMG GT R — Green and beautiful, with a wild side

Test run with the green and wild Mercedes AMG GT  R

In spite of the rain, the car's R tires did well on Bilster Berg's challenging track.

In spite of the rain, the car's R tires did well on Bilster Berg's challenging track. 

 

The AMG GT R engine is a V8 with 585 horse power.

The AMG GT R engine is a V8 with 585 horse power. 

 

On one of my many trips through Europe, I came to the German racing track, Bilster Berg. The course is located just southwest of Hanover and is a very unique course. It is privately owned and not directly intended for competitions, but more for driving and this is one of the reasons that Mercedes is often housed here to have test runs of their new models. What makes the course special is how advanced it is, hilly and with other track differences from a more conventional racing course. It is simply a very fun but hard-hitting course.

The event I attended was about the presentation of the Mercedes AMG GT.


"Basically, it is the successor of the SLS model, a supersport car with front / center mounted V8 engine and enough space for two people"

In addition, the characteristic swing doors. The AMG GT is a slightly smaller car than SLS and can be perceived as a tamare. The AMG GT is not just a model but an entire family, but starting with the GT version. After GT, GT S, GT C, GT R, GT 4 and GT 3. GT, GT S and GT C are also available as Roadster version. Then the family has also been filled with a four-door version called a Coupé. For GT 4 and GT 3, these are track-ready versions that are not legal to drive on public roads.

The press event we were invited to had a very tight schedule. Because the event involved driving on the track, they limited what we could do.

 

"Releasing a bunch of journalists on their own on a track like this with a rear-wheel drive with 585 horsepower is not a good idea"

You had to drive three, four turns behind an instructor in a group of four cars. So exploring the boundaries is simply not possible. The sky had chosen to be constantly open and it rained so hard that the speed of the track could not exceed 30 kilometers per hour when the cars had R tires that have less tread than normal tires. The test drive of AMG GT R this day became completely meaningless.

Because I had arrived at the event by car, and not by air as my colleagues, I had the opportunity to try the track again the next day. Now there was no rain in the sky and the track began to dry up. As the only journalist in place, I first had to follow one of the instructors on a lap to warm up the tires in the car I would drive. Then followed drove behind after him for at least twenty minutes. The speed was increased every turn and as the track and the railing line dried up.

I have experience driving fast cars, but the last five laps were the incredibly fast and undoubtedly a test to my own ability. Had it not been for the instructor giving me direction, I could not keep such a high pace. The feeling of getting into a curve without braking and full throttle and relying fully on what the clever instructor did before was incredibly cool. This really gave me the opportunity to know what Mercedes managed to accomplish with AMG GT R.

Along with the other AMG GT models, Mercedes has created an entire family of sporty cars. If you just want a little more sporty car, but not interested in intense driving, then you choose GT or GT S, if you do not care to drive on public roads and just want to drive or maybe even compete, it's is the GT 4, or GT 3 models you're going to peek at.


Mercedes AMG GT R

Base price: From 1 645 000 SEK.
Engine: 4-liter biturbo V8, 585 hp. Torque 700 Nm.
Power transmission: Front engine, DC7 Speed shift 7-speed automatic, dual-coupling, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel steering
Acceleration: 0-100 in 3.6 seconds. Top speed: 318 km / h.
Petrol consumption mixed driving according to the manufacturer: 1.17 l / mil.
Weight: about 1630 kg.
Guarantees: New car 2 years, caravan damage 2 years, rust protection 30 years.


Article originally published in Domestic Magazine.

The Bilster Mountain course is incredibly challenging but also great fun. With an instructor in front that shows track selection and braking points, it becomes even more fun.

The Bilster Mountain course is incredibly challenging but also great fun. With an instructor in front that shows track selection and braking points, it becomes even more fun. 

 

Cars like the AMG GT R are ones that nobody gets the chance to enjoy at 100%, making it on a track like Bilster Berg is even more unusual. However, the combination is something I wish everyone could experience.

Cars like the AMG GT R are ones that nobody gets the chance to enjoy at 100%, making it on a track like Bilster Berg is even more unusual. However, the combination is something I wish everyone could experience.

 

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