3 Emotions You'll Likely Experience in the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R
After the big hype train (and one very interesting video), Mercedes-Benz really needed to deliver on the whole "Beast of the Green Hell" thing. After all, you can't have Lewis Hamilton deliver a stellar, on-track performance and not have a road car to match. With the beast having been let out of its cage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this week, it sure looks like the Mercedes-AMG GT R is worthy of the moniker, as this is the angriest looking product to come out of Affalterbach in years. Here are three emotions you'll probably experience should you encounter the new flagship performance model. RELATED: See More of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R
Respect. When it comes to making a great car even better, no formula is as safe a bet as 'subtract weight, add power.' The AMG GT R is 199 pounds lighter than the AMG GT S, and enjoys a 74-horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque advantage over its already potent sibling. This brings the figures from the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 to 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Fear. Unlike most of its competition, the Mercedes-AMG GT R forgoes all-wheel-drive, opting instead to have all that power routed to the rear wheels as the auto-gods intended. The slick 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been re-programmed for optimal performance, and combined with the weight reduction, the AMG GT R now sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Also, given that it's in an environment where such antics are allowed, the car will now run all the way up to 198 mph—and that should scare you more than it excites you. It's a healthy fear, the kind that keeps you in check.
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Lust. From the "AMG green hell magno" paint to the flared fenders, and proper carbon rear wing, the AMG GT R is a car worth fawning over. I'll admit that initially the grille sort of reminded me of a character from Futurama, but after repeatedly staring at it for a few days, I've come around. In profile and from the rear, the car is pure eye candy, and because this is an AMG, the body lines are functional as well as fashionable.
Have I woken up in a cold sweat after dreaming about the "Beast of the Green Hell?" Not quite, but maybe that'll change after I get a go behind the wheel.