The Mercedes-AMG GT R is now officially the fastest rear-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Nürburgring, setting a 7min 10.92sec time that beats the previous record by more than six tenths of a second.
The track-focused version of AMG’s sports coupé wore a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres – standard fitment on the model – and was driven by Christian Gebhardt of Germany’s Sport Auto magazine. A video of his lap is shown below.
Gebhardt’s time around the ’Ring knocks the Gumpert Apollo Speed and its 7min 11.57sec lap time off of the rear-drive top spot. It is also a significant 10.71sec faster than the fastest time recorded by a Ferrari 488 GTB at the Nürburgring.
The AMG GT R uses a heavily reworked version of the AMG GT’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. It produces 577bhp and 516lb ft and can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 3.6sec.