“Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle.”
Quite a claim, for all sorts of reasons – and it’s to be found in the opening paragraph of the press material for the subject of this road test: the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
Let’s take a moment to pick that sentence apart. Mercedes-AMG could reasonably claim motorsport involvement and success unknown to most car makers or factory performance tuners.
Since 2012 it has been a key part of the Mercedes Formula 1 effort, it has had more success in German DTM touring car racing than any other team and since 2010 it has been selling customer racing cars.
When it comes to selling track-ready, six-figure sports cars in this new GT R’s mould, of course, Affalterbach is up against some rival manufacturers with even greater racing pedigrees: Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Audi.
The big boys. And yet we can safely assume that AMG, too, has a whole heap of motorsport expertise and technology ready to call upon.
The GT R meanwhile, by becoming the recipient of that know-how, is being given quite a billing here.