Holy [email protected]! Mercedes AMG GT R Devoured The ‘Ring In Just 7:10.92

We expected the new Mercedes AMG GT R to be really fast, but to tell you the truth we didn’t expect it to be that fast.

Sport Auto released the following onboard video of their exclusive track test of the new AMG GT R around the Nurburgring, posting the incredible lap time of 7 min 10.92 seconds which is frankly amazing for a rear-driven car.

The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 has been massaged to produce 577hp and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of peak torque. The mass is now 1,554kg (3,428lbs), 90kg (199lbs) less than the AMG GT S, with Mercedes also updating the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for faster shifts. 0-62mph (0-100km/h) comes in 3.6 seconds, with the top speed set at 198mph (318km/h).

While these numbers are impressive, they apparently don’t reveal the true capabilities of the AMG GT R; the new wider bodywork has been inspired by the GT3 race car while Mercedes also gave the AMG GT R an all-new active aero element mounted in front of the engine which helps in reducing the front axle lift by 40kg, enabling the car to corner harder and faster than ever before.

Another trick up the AMG GT R’s sleeve is the active rear-wheel steering system which turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the ones at the front up to speeds of 62mph (100km/h) and from then onwards in the same direction, making the car more agile at lower speeds and more stable at higher ones.

The 7:10.92 lap time places the new Mercedes AMG GT R ahead of cars like the Dodge Viper ACR (7:12.13), Ferrari 488 GTB (7:21.63) and the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Pack (7:14.64). In fact the really small group of cars that are faster than the most hardcore version of AMG’s two-door coupe include cars like the Porsche 918 Spyder (6:57.00), the Lamborghini Aventador SV (6:59.73) and the Nissan GT-R Nismo (7:08.68).

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  • Vincent

    No, that Thing ist faster then the 918. Christian Gebhardt´s Time on the Ring is 7:13, it means, the Merc is, with the same Driver, 2 seconds faster!!!
    Don´t compare the Factory and the Sport Auto times.

    • Kaisuke971

      I’m pretty sure that was Horst Von Saurma and not Christian Gebhardt.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    mercedes are on a different league – they are not even competing with BMW anymore

    • LexusGXman

      Yup they blow away EVERYONE. Just wait for their new F1 hypercar, good luck porsche, ferrari, mclaren, etc.

  • Six_Tymes

    impressive. WHO IS THE DRIVER?

  • Kagan

    We don’t know the driver, probably you could have pushed a few seconds faster and we don’t know about the tires who can make a huge difference.

    • Honda NSX-R

      The tires are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2’s.

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    Please do not compare times Pre 2016 to 2016 times. The track has changed. Flugplatz is much quicker now. New surface with more grip in certain areas of the track makes comparisons absolutely useless.

    The 918 for example would make up quite a bit of time on the 2016 ring compared to its first run

    • Kaisuke971

      Also it looks like it’s not the same driver so maybe that too.

  • Michael Karkafiris

    For those asking, Christian Gebhardt is the driver with Sport Auto saying the car was on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s

  • john1168

    WOW! That’s fast! I’m still waiting for the Corvette Z06 times??? I’m guessing the Z06 did it in about 7:15???

  • smartacus

    HEAU le CHITTE that looked fast.
    it was faster than the Viper ACR.
    What PSI was each tire set to?

    *The other racer at the 3:20 mark; did make a difference in his attack level.

    • Kaisuke971

      SRT-10 ACR not Viper ACR.

      • smartacus

        nope, it’s Viper ACR

        (yes SRT-10 was around 2008-2010)

        • Kaisuke971

          The car you’re talking about is called the Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR. The Viper ACR has never made any sort of official Nordschleife laptime. The three ACRs have different names: there is the Viper GTS ACR from the early 2000s, the Viper SRT-10 ACR from like 2010, and the Viper ACR from 2014.

          The writer made the mistake too.

          • smartacus

            i acknowledged yes SRT-10 was part of the name in 08-10

            But it sounded like you were saying the “Viper” in Viper ACR was wrong and “SRT-10 ACR” by itself was right.

            Even the wiki entries and news articles from 2010 about the Nordschleife lap time i’ve found, all say at least “Viper ACR”

            (or sometimes the full name Viper SRT-10 ACR)

            But never “SRT-10 ACR”

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