It remains a slightly unusual car, the AMG GT R.

Most cars, when they become track-focused specials, ramp down the weight and ramp up the interaction.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Fastest AMG wants you to have a great time while setting a quick one

The thing about the GT R – and it’s quite a nice thing – is that the theatre and drama that comes with the regular car isn’t just present, it’s also amplified.

What’s unusual, then, is that the levels of engagement, while rising, don’t increase to the top-most tier of analogue involvement.

If you’re looking for the outright focus of, say, a Porsche 911 GT3, or the brutal feedback of a Nissan GT-R Nismo, you’ll not find it.

Yes, the GT R is harder than a regular GT, but the additional kicks come from the angrier looks, the lashings of Alcantara and the splendid noise.

Then you take it on a circuit and have quite a nice time but get the impression that the GT R is trying perhaps a bit too hard to make you look good and impress you with the sound and the go.

The stopwatch doesn’t lie, though, and it says the GT R is, in fact, the real deal. With that all in mind the AMG GT R takes fourth spot in our top five ahead of the Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 but lagging behind the McLaren 570S Track Pack, Ferrari 488 GTB and the formidable Porsche 911 GT3.

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