Launched: Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT Roadster
The zenith of AMG road cars is here, with its cabriolet sibling
There's always a rush of excitement when there's a new AMG in town, but this one is special on a different level altogether. In its 50th year and just over a year after its unveiling, AMG has decided to bring its gnarliest GT to India, the AMG GT R.
Under the long bonnet and behind that ferocious looking Panamericana grill lies the heart of this beast. A 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. Sounds pretty standard AMG? It isn't. The engine's compression ratio has been tweaked, the combustion has been remapped, turbos are new and the boost has been increased to 1.35 bar so that they can spin up to 1,86,000rpm. That and plenty more has this power plant sending 577bhp and 700Nm of torque to the rear wheels through an 7-speed 'box. It's not just mad power though. It's Mercedes-AMG after all and these guys know that it's about putting that power to the tarmac and being quick through the corners too. That's where the improvements to the build and chassis of the car come into play, with the use of lighter and sturdier materials, clever active aerodynamics, new suspension, 9-step traction control and even four-wheel steering. The AMG GT R managed set a time of 7min 10 secs around the Nurburgring, hence its given nickname, beast of the green hell.
On the inside, it's still a luxury Mercedes coupe, albeit one with performance seats. There's a free-standing central display and the drive unit controls are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, a nice touch of detail. It may be the hardcore GT from AMG but it's also meant for road use and has some of the basic practicalities you'd need.
The beauty AMG GT R has been launched with a price tag of Rs 2.23 crore (ex-showroom), not too far from what the GT S was launched at a couple of years ago and you get a lot more bang for your rupee.
Mercedes-AMG also launched one other GT today, the GT Roadster, the drop top version of the current GT. Also powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 but this one is tuned to a maximum of 469bhp and 630Nm. That’s good enough for a 0-100kph of 4 seconds and when you combine that with the miles of headroom, it’s a brilliant choice for enjoying open roads and good weather. The prices for the AMG GT Roadster start from Rs 2.19 crores (ex-showroom, India).
The sportscar market in India appears to be growing and we now have both the world’s GT-Rs available in India - the Godzilla from Japan and the Beast from the Green Hell of Germany. Good times indeed.