The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R is equally at home on road or race track
This GT R is the most extreme version of the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe lineup.
Mercedes says that development of the GT R was specifically focused on Nürburgring race track performance.
Under that long hood is a hand-built, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine good for 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Thanks in part to sticky tires and launch control, the GT R will rocket to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 198 mph.
Active grille shutters and a splitter that deploys at speed help the GT R generate significant downforce.
This car's wheels look great but are a $1,700 option, contributing to an as-tested price of a whopping $187,345.
A multi-mode exhaust keeps the GT R somewhat quieter in normal driving and lets it roar when you're pushing harder.
In addition to an electronically controlled differential and adaptive suspension, the GT R packs rear-wheel steering for livelier handling.
That carbon-fiber rear wing is adjustable and works with the lower diffuser to maximize road-hugging downforce.
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