Andrew Frankel from AutoCar thinks the 2016 AMG GT R is worth every extra penny you pay over an AMG GT S because its aggressive looks is backed by eye-popping performance.
For £143,245, the AMG GT R will come with a bevy of features including carbonfibre front wings, rear spoiler, torque tube and roof along with extra underbody bracing for a lighter and stiffer body. On top of that, Mercedes-Benz has added wider tires, coilover suspension units, unique spring, damper, anti-roll bar settings, active rear-wheel steering, and programmable nine-stage traction control. For a bit more braking power, there are optional aluminium wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes.
Not too much has been changed under the bonnet, but new turbochargers combined with revised compression ratio and fresh mapping pushes the 4.0-litre V8’s power output to 577bhp.
Even the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is updated to reduce the final drive ratio and give drivers a longer first gear and a shortened seventh. Other performance enhancements are more visible including a deployable front lip spoiler, double rear diffuser and an adjustable rear wing.
As for how it drives, the AMG GT R is very fast with quick engine response. To fully enjoy it, one should put the transmission into manual and enjoy the engine’s “barrel-chested growl”. This aggressive car is track orientated as the suspension was firm even in comfort mode and its chassis reduces understeer on turn-in and oversteer at the exit with great accuracy.
So, would you buy one? Why or why not?