Mercedes-AMG GT R Sets Production Car Lap Record At Bathurst [w/Video]

The Mercedes-AMG GT R has officially set a new production car lap record around Mount Panorama prior to the Bathurst 12 Hour over the weekend.

The matte green machine managed to lap Australia’s most famous circuit in just 2:16.5, almost nine seconds faster than the previous record held by a Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To put the GT R’s time into perspective, it is about 15 seconds slower than the outright lap record, currently held by a McLaren 650S GT3 race car. It is also approximately 10 seconds off the pace of a V8 Supercar.

Behind the wheel of the AMG GT R was Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider who managed to give local fans their first taste of the fastest ever AMG GT variant. During the lap, he also had to deal with traffic, namely a black Ferrari LaFerrari but overtook it with ease and managed to hit a top speed of 308 km/h along the Conrod Straight.

The AMG GT R’s potency around Mount Panorama isn’t all that surprising particularly after the car lapped the Nurburgring in 7 min 10.92 seconds late last year.

Power for the vehicle comes courtesy of an upgraded twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering 577 hp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. That’s enough to propel the GT R to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and towards a 318 km/h (198 mph) limited top speed.


  • nastinupe

    How about giving us some comparisons of other road cars other than the watered down version of the same car. Wow!!! It beat a weaker version of it’s self? How about letting us know how it stands up to the Porsche 911 GT3 or BMW M3 or Viper or Corvette Z06 or something? I still have no concept of how good this car is.

  • Richard Limp

    Outright lap record (race cars included as per 650S GT3 and Aussie V8 supercars) surely belongs to Jenson Button in the McLaren F1 car at 1:48.88 (which was done under ‘safe’ demonstration conditions, likely under 1:40 if he went for it. Today’s F1 cars would likely be faster still.

  • wins_lord

    But… The car had been timed at 2.9sec to 60mph by Car and Driver LOL

  • Ray Filetti

    There is nothing “official” about this. Driving any car around this road course during anytime other than an FIA sanctioned competition is not official. More BS.

  • Ray Filetti

    At least I now know that there are two LaFerraris in Australia.