Enjoy seeing what the track-focused coupe can do before it goes on sale

With 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from its biturbo 4.0-litre V8 there’s little doubt that the Mercedes-AMG GT R is an impressive machine, but European customers don’t get to experience the power until November. There’s an even longer wait for those in the United States and Canada. If you want to get a better look at the race-inspired coupe's capabilities now, check out this clip of the R lapping the Nürburgring. This is also an opportunity to see how it handles more sedate driving while commuting back from the famous racecourse.

This black GT R looks fantastic on the track. It appears to handle the ‘Ring's famous corners with ease. We wish the exhaust note were a little more bombastic, but getting a stirring sound out of a turbocharged engine can be a challenge.

Despite race-inspired parts like the big diffuser and road-hugging front splitter, the GT R looks fairly docile off the road. Like on the track, it doesn’t make much sound. The track-ready coupe appears to be able to give drivers a somewhat comfortable ride home after a day at the circuit.

While the GT R appears easy to drive, getting one might be a challenge. According to a recent rumour, the company might limit production to just 2,000 examples as a strategy to make the model more exclusive.

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