RE: Mad AMG GT R prototype caught testing

RE: Mad AMG GT R prototype caught testing

Wednesday 14th August

Mad AMG GT R prototype caught testing

Is it an Evo? Is it a Black Series? Is it the scariest looking Mercedes-Benz ever made?



Nobody could accuse the AMG GT of lacking presence. Even in standard format, the long snout, cab-rearward stance and curvaceous rump ensures it never goes unnoticed. That sense of occasion only increases as you progress through the range, culminating in the GT R and GT R Pro models, which brood with such menace it's best you don't look at them like that for too long.

Then we have whatever this GT is. It's been called a Black Series and it's been called an Evo, both names familiar from Mercedes' past, but we've never seen anything quite this imposing from Benz or AMG in their history. 'Race car for the road' is a hackneyed term, yet such is the seriousness of this car that it seems the only appropriate term. Don't forget, either, that this is presumably a more potent version of the Pro, a car capable of 7:04 at the Nurburgring...

Bits of this car are familiar, namely the wheels from the GT R, the grille, the doors, the paint, the wing mirrors... Otherwise it's transformed, bonnet scooped out with vents and intakes, a front splitter that looks straight from the GT3 car with double dive planes, vents and more flics on the front wings, plus the vertically stacked exhausts. Then, of course, there's that fixed rear wing, which only seems to differ from a GT3 car through its smaller endplates. It draws the eye on a race car, so looks suitably obscene when affixed to something ostensibly road-legal.


Given this level of aerodynamic work, the car could conceivably be powered by an A-Class diesel engine and set a reasonable lap time. But that wouldn't be the Black Series way (if indeed that's what this car is), the BS cars always being the most powerful AMGs. We know, too, that there is tuning headroom in the GT's 4.0-litre turbo V8, with the E63 already beyond 600hp. Plus the fact AMG has proved itself capable since 2013 and the first A45 of achieving very high specific outputs for its engine. 175hp per litre from the 4.0-litre engine would be a nice, round 700hp...

Of course nothing is known for certain just yet, though it's also clear AMG has some pretty serious ambitions for the GT. Could it be targeting the production car Nurburgring lap record, currently held by the Manthey Racing GT2 RS at 6:40?

That would be some scalp. There'd also be no better place to advertise the fact than next month's Frankfurt motor show, where the German manufacturers duke it out with ever more attention-grabbing cars. And you can't get much more attention-grabbing than an AMG beating a Porsche around the 'ring. Stay tuned...


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richboycoleman

Original Poster:

5 posts

13 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I am a bit over this Mercedes bloodline now. With GTS, GT, GTR, GTR Pro and now this GTR Black Series and lets be honest they all look the same really! we want something new and bit more of a game changer car.

Addymk2

289 posts

116 months

Wednesday 14th August
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richboycoleman said:
I am a bit over this Mercedes bloodline now. With GTS, GT, GTR, GTR Pro and now this GTR Black Series and lets be honest they all look the same really! we want something new and bit more of a game changer car.
The next one will probably be electric. Having seen the GTRs/Pros going around the ring they're pretty damn impressive to watch

E65Ross

22,902 posts

156 months

Wednesday 14th August
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richboycoleman said:
I am a bit over this Mercedes bloodline now. With GTS, GT, GTR, GTR Pro and now this GTR Black Series and lets be honest they all look the same really! we want something new and bit more of a game changer car.
Of course they all look very similar, they're the same bloody model laugh That's like saying a Mercedes-AMG E53 looks like an E200 diesel.....well duh! hehe

Dave Hedgehog

10,604 posts

148 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Addymk2 said:
The next one will probably be electric. Having seen the GTRs/Pros going around the ring they're pretty damn impressive to watch
did they ever sell any electric SLS's?

Vee12V

818 posts

104 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Dave Hedgehog said:
Addymk2 said:
The next one will probably be electric. Having seen the GTRs/Pros going around the ring they're pretty damn impressive to watch
did they ever sell any electric SLS's?
Yes, in very tiny numbers (less than 100).

Burwood

12,969 posts

190 months

Wednesday 14th August
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E65Ross said:
richboycoleman said:
I am a bit over this Mercedes bloodline now. With GTS, GT, GTR, GTR Pro and now this GTR Black Series and lets be honest they all look the same really! we want something new and bit more of a game changer car.
Of course they all look very similar, they're the same bloody model laugh That's like saying a Mercedes-AMG E53 looks like an E200 diesel.....well duh! hehe
lol

TIGA84

4,837 posts

175 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Vee12V said:
Yes, in very tiny numbers (less than 100).
Love to know in reality how many they actually did sell - I've never seen one anywhere, web/social media/print etc other than the luminous yellow press/factory car. You'd think that some Youtuber would have had one, at least on test or loan but to my knowledge I haven't seen any anywhere - I thought it was a great looking thing as well.



Chestrockwell

1,777 posts

101 months

Wednesday 14th August
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TIGA84 said:
Love to know in reality how many they actually did sell - I've never seen one anywhere, web/social media/print etc other than the luminous yellow press/factory car. You'd think that some Youtuber would have had one, at least on test or loan but to my knowledge I haven't seen any anywhere - I thought it was a great looking thing as well.
Wasn’t the range something like 100 miles? Don’t think the buyers would be using it daily, more of a history/art kind of car

Maldini35

2,099 posts

132 months

Wednesday 14th August
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E65Ross said:
Of course they all look very similar, they're the same bloody model laugh That's like saying a Mercedes-AMG E53 looks like an E200 diesel.....well duh! hehe
It’s like a McLaren thread!



ZX10R NIN

14,766 posts

69 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I'm surprised they sold that many.

Hartwellian

8 posts

25 months

Yesterday (22:14)
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Sorry, I must be missing something. Other than a pissing contest with Porsche on the Nürburgring, what is it exactly for?

Chestrockwell

1,777 posts

101 months

Yesterday (23:30)
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Hartwellian said:
Sorry, I must be missing something. Other than a pissing contest with Porsche on the Nürburgring, what is it exactly for?
It’s a product being sold by a major manufacturer to make money

FN2TypeR

6,125 posts

37 months

Yesterday (23:50)
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laugh