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Meet the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R

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Next year Mercedes will add a "base" model of the GT in the US to go along with the GT S that arrived for 2016. The year after, this thing will show up.

We're getting our first look at the AMG GT R at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands before a public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. First, let's talk about that color. It's called AMG Green Hell Magno, and its name is a nod to the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where the car was developed. People aren't likely to see the connection without the name accompanying a paint chip, but people will definitely see it. It will be exclusive to the R model. The R uses the same basic 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 as other GTs; here it makes 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque here, up from 503 hp and 479 lb-ft in the GT S and 456 hp and 443 lb-ft in the GT. The extra power comes from a combination of new turbos, modified software, reshaped exhaust ports, and a different compression ratio. Max boost is 19.6 psi versus 17.4. Engine response is improved through a dual-mass flywheel that's 1.5 pounds lighter than the one in the GT S's engine.  more ...

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