“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.
It’s being put on a pedestal above anything we’ve been treated to over the past decade carrying AMG Black Series badging, of which, between the legendary CLK 63, the 670bhp SL 65 and the SLS Black Series, there have been some doozies.
This, dear reader, ought to be a very special car, then, and one for which mile after tortuous development mile at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit may actually have been usefully applied.
AMG high-ups have been talking in excited terms about the GT R – their long-awaited swipe at the evergreen Porsche 911 GT3 – for a while now, with CEO Tobias Moers chief among those with a wicked glint in his eye.
It’s one more sign of the rapidly growing maturity and stature of his company, of course, and of the breadth of its capabilities, that he considers now to be the time to take that shot.