Mercedes-Benz has a long standing relationship with the luxury car industry ever since it was founded in 1926. However, since then Mercedes has branched out into the sports car industry and has made its way to becoming one of the best luxury sports car brands in the world. But the last thing anyone expected Mercedes to do is build a Muscle car.
And that’s exactly what this car is. This is the “Mercedes AMG GT R”. Nicknamed “Beast of the Green Hell” this car looks, sounds and is even powered by an engine mostly associated with Muscle cars.
The AMG GT R puts together the comfort of a luxury sedan and the performance of a track ready supercar all into one magnificently sculpted body. It has everything from front mounted air ducts to rear diffuser with a Quad-Piped titanium exhaust, all components used in track worthy hypercars. On the luxury side of the car, it uses the same interior as Mercedes’ top of the line luxury car, the S-Class minus the rear seats.
The above image is clear that Mercedes has even thought of its aerodynamic capabilities. Its low slung hood allows air to pass over it smoothly, its windshield is fitted at an angle that causes the air to crest right over it and the wing’s angle of attack is perfect for generating downforce around tight corners. In addition, the GT R also has air ducts under the headlights that allow air to flow into the brakes for cooling and also to generate more downforce over the front axle.
Mercedes takes pride in the fact that no topic of a supercar is complete without the mention of its performance figures and “Mercedes-AMG” has given the car community a lot to talk about with this car. It uses an AMG 4.0-litre V8 Bi-Turbo which can produce 584hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, mated to AMG’s version of the “Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission” it is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in just 3.6 secs and tops out at 318 kmph which is faster than most Muscle Cars. The GT R also feature rear wheel steering to effectively help shorten its wheelbase around tight turns and lengthen its wheelbase around a fast corner.
Dubbed the “German Muscle Car”, does the Mercedes AMG GT R really have the raw power to do justice to its nicknames? With the GT R competing against the likes of the Acura NSX, Audi R8-V10, Lamborghini Huracan and the Porsche GT3 RS it doesn’t really have to. Because it delivers a driving experience none its competitiors can.
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