Mercedes-AMG has launched not one but two powerful cars from its stable, the GT Roadster and the GT-R in India with prices starting at Rs.2.19 crore (ex-showroom, India) and Rs.2.23 crore (ex-showroom, India) respectively. With these 2 new add-ons, Mercedes-Benzhas extended the AMG portfolio in India to 12 models. The AMG GT-R takes inspiration from the AMG GT3 racing car while the GT roadster takes inspiration from the GT-R to give dynamic performance at the very highest level that the AMG brand is known for. The AMG GT-R was intended with racetrack use firmly in mind. The low-slung front section and the forwards-inclined radiator grille create a distinctive ‘shark nose’ impression and make the car appear to sit lower on the road. The fascia features a totally new-look jet-wing design highlights the feeling of width and lends the car a more road embracing look. The rear end also features numerous innovations such as new aluminum side walls widen the rear of the AMG GT-R, creating space for the larger 20-inch wheels and the wider track. The wide design of the rear improves the airflow at the rear end, as does the double diffuser.
The interior of the AMG GT-R is also strongly inspired by motorsport. AMG Performance Seats come enclosed in Nappa leather and Dinamica micro-fiber come as normal. They offer the essential lateral support even in extreme driving maneuvers. The optional yellow seat belts, dials with yellow highlights, the piano-black lacquer interior trim and special controls, including those for the new AMG Traction Control, underline the unique standing of the new AMG GT-R. Four central spotlight-style vents and the separate vents at the right and left ends of the console reinforce this impression. Under the hood, is a handcrafted AMG, 4.0-litre, V8 Bi-turbo engine that has a mammoth output of 569 bhp and a mind-boggling torque of 699 Nm. The engine is mated to 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission. The car gets various driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. With the ability to go from 0-100 kmph in just 3.5 seconds, the GT-R has a top speed of 318 kmph and has a lower drag coefficient than the AMG GT.
Dubbed as ‘Beast of the Green Hell’, the AMG GT-R recently broke the world record for a production street legal road car at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) by clocking the fastest lap of 2:09.853. The AMG GT-R also has the lap record at the Nurburgring for a rear wheel drive car, clocking a time of 7:09.10.