June 24 can't come soon enough.
Confusingly called “GT R,” Mercedes-AMG’s new track-oriented coupe will bridge the gap between the existing S version and the full-blown Black Series due to arrive in a few years. The latest teasers are surprisingly revealing, showing the high-performance machine with a more aggressive body derived from the track-only AMG GT3 and with a rear wing for extra downforce.
While the GT S tips the scales at 1,645 kilograms (3,626 pounds), the R is expected to shave off as much as 60 kg (132 lbs) if we were to rely on the rumour mill. The diet might not be as dramatic, but a serious chunk of weight will be removed to make the AMG GT R a more nimble machine.
Aside from removing some of the fat, Mercedes-AMG’s have also fiddled with the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 which will have somewhere in the region of 580 horsepower, give or take a few ponies. Some upgrades to the chassis, suspension, brakes, and gearbox are likely on the agenda as well for the go-faster version which is expected to take advantage of active aerodynamics.
The AMG GT S runs to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in 3.8 seconds, so the R will probably need around three and a half seconds for the same task. We’re not so sure top speed will increase over the AMG GT S’ electronically-restricted 310 km/h (192 mph) because the aero changes could prioritize better acceleration rather than a higher maximum velocity.
Expect more teasers in the days to come to generate more buzz prior to the AMG GT R’s full reveal scheduled for June 24 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.