At €165,410, it's almost €10,000 more affordable than its rival from Stuttgart.
Mercedes-AMG has released German pricing details for three new members of the growing GT family available on order starting today. The most attainable of the trio would have to be the base GT Roadster kicking off at €129,180 in its domestic market where the hotter GT C Roadster begins at €160,650. The cream-of-the-crop R model available only as a coupe carries a starting price of €165,410, thus making it almost €9,300 more affordable than the Porsche 911 Turbo. At the same time, it's also €590 cheaper than an Audi R8.
While its rivals from Stuttgart and Ingolstadt are regular production models, company officials have hinted production of the GT R Coupe will be capped at just 2,000 units to keep the model exclusive. Mercedes expects many owners will drive their prized possessions mostly on circuits.
The “R” is sitting pretty on top of the GT’s range, but it might be dethroned in the years to come taking into account Mercedes-AMG’s boss Tobias Moers recently revealed a Black Series version is still being considered.
Meanwhile, the AMG GT R Coupe will be launched next spring for those willing to fork out the hefty sum in exchange for a 3,428-pound (1,554-kilogram) machine capable of reaching 60 mph (96 kph) in three and a half seconds. It uses a variation of the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine with 577 horsepower (430 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (699 newton meters) of torque and can reach a top speed of 198 mph (318 kph).
With rear-wheel steering, carbon fiber front fenders, and a prominent rear wing, the most spirited GT on sale today is basically the closest thing to a road-legal AMG GT3. It’s the only Mercedes available with a “green hell magno” paint and can also be distinguished by its AMG Panamericana grille derived from the aforementioned race car.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe’s launch in United States is slated for mid-2017, with pricing to be announced closer to its launch.