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Author: Dan Clarkson

Published Date: 20/07/2016

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been a more than able replacement for the SLS Coupé since it came into production in 2014.

The Mercedes AMG GTR

Following on from the standard model and the GT S, Mercedes-AMG is now introducing the latest in the range, and this new version has been honed on the 'Green Hell' to make it feel as taut and responsive as possible.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R has been extensively tested on the Nürburgring, a world-famous proving ground for any fast car, and thanks to this development, the GT R is a different animal compared to the base model.

Designed to help make it as stable as possible on the road, the GT R has been built with active aerodynamics in mind, so not only do you have the grippy tyres to thank for your great cornering, but the superb aerodynamic aids to help you stay stable at high speeds.

To help with cornering and agility, the GT R comes with active rear-wheel steering. This is the first time it has been fitted to a Mercedes-AMG car, and the system consists of two electro-mechanical actuators that connect to the steering wheel through a 'by wire' connection. At speeds up to 60mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front to help with slow speed cornering and agility. Once the speed goes past 60mph, the wheels turn the same way to help with high speed stability and grip.

The GT R is also fitted with AMG TRACTION CONTROL to give extra grip and was developed thanks to Mercedes-AMG's expertise in the motorsport industry. The system has nine levels so that you can go from lots of assistance to barely any at all so that you can have as much fun within the limits as you want.

Made with Mercedes-AMG's motorsport knowledge in mind, the GT R has been lightened, tautened and intelligently built to help get the best performance possible. Made with more carbon fibre to reduce the weight of the body and increase rigidity, the GT R is easier to handle in tricky conditions with more precise control.

Under the bonnet, the AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine produces 585bhp, which is 75bhp more than in the previous GT S, and that rockets the GT R from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds. This extensive power takes the GT R up to 198mph, almost 10mph faster than the previous GT S. Paired with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed sports gearbox, the acceleration and responsiveness is superb and you can take advantage of the GT R's superb power.

Revealed at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, the GT R wowed the crowds with its aggressive looks and superb quality.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R goes on sale on 21st November 2016, and the European market launch will be in March 2017.

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