Even before the much awaited debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT-R, the manic sportscar has created something extremely fascinating. The “Beast of Green Hell” has set the Fastest Lap record at Buddh International circuit. At 2:09.853 mins, the Mercedes-AMG GT-R becomes the ‘Fastest Production Car’ to have lapped the famed F1 circuit, in Greater Noida. In terms of the lap timing it broke the existing record by more than 3 secs! The car was driven by AMG Driver, Christian Hohenadel and was supervised by FMSCI. The earlier ‘Fastest Lap’ (2:14.521 mins) at Buddh International Circuit clocked by a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, was the legendary SLS AMG in March 2013.
Mercedes-Benz India is all set to launch it’s range topping sports car, the AMG GT-R in India on the 21st August 2017. It takes inspiration from the Mercedes GT3 race car and has been perfected on the North loop section of the Nurburgring. The heart of the car is a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 (codenamed M177) that develops a whopping 577 HP and 700 Nm. The car can hit 100 kmph in just 3.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 318 kmph. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox that drive the rear wheels only.
The Mercedes-AMG GT-R is also the first AMGs to receive rear wheel steering system while the suspension too has been heavily reworked and features a double wishbone setup inspired from the GT3 race car. The Mercedes-AMG GT-R also gets a active rear diffuser and the roof is made up of carbon fiber. It also gets a Titanium exhaust system and 20-inch wheels made up of forged aluminium to offer better rigidity and weight savings. The company will also be launching the GT Roadster alongside the GT-R and that one is powered by the same 4.0-litre engine but developing lower figures at 470 HP and 630 Nm.