Mercedes-Benz India has launched the GT-R and the GT Roadster at prices of Rs 2.23 crore and Rs 2.19 crore respectively. Now while they share their bloodline with the GTS, they are in their own right very different animals. Let’s start with the GT-R, which made its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Earlier this year. The “Beast of Green Hell” as AMG affectionately call it sits squarely on top of the AMG portfolio in terms of power with a grizzly 585 hp from its 4.0 litre twin turbo V-8, along with 700 Nm of torque being sent to the wheels through a 7-speed DCT gearbox. Add to that the fact that the GT-R will shoot from 0-100 in a matter of 3.6 seconds and will go screaming all the way to 317kmph. This almost manic performance comes through the fact that the GT-R is 90kgs lighter than the GTS, tipping the scales at a cool 1,554 kgs. That’s more like hatch territory than a leather wrapped scud missile. The GT-R also gets 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inch at the rear. It gets LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs and wider air intakes at the front, while at the rear it gets horizontal LED tail lamps with a new weight saving exhaust system. It comes with three drive modes - Comfort, Sport and Sports Plus.
The GT-Roadster is slightly less manic than it’s R bearing cousin. While the drop top roadster shares its engine GT-R it’s been tuned to more believable levels as the 4.0 litre twin-turbo motor produces 470 hp of power and 630 Nm of peak torque mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission. Now the big price point is courtesy the fact that both make it to the sub-continent via the CBU route. That said, both these cars are bound to further add to the growing popularity of the AMG brand in India as more people look at it for quenching their thirst for raw power and speed.