Mercedes-AMG GT R is soon to be launched in India and is now making headlines for being the fastest production ever to have lapped the Buddh International Circuit. Before making its official debut on 21st August, the GT R has registered an impressive two minutes and 09:853 seconds, which is the fastest any production car has done around India's first and only Formula One race track. The speed test was conducted by FMSCI and the AMG GT R was driven on the track by AMG Driver Christian Hohenadel. First unveiled last year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the AMG GT-R is powered by a twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that produces 577 hp and 700 Nm of torque and is paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It is capable of speeds up to 318 kph and is quick enough to do a 0-100 kph sprint in just 3.6 seconds.
“We are highly thrilled with the accomplishment of the ‘Beast of the Green Hell’, which spearheads Mercedes-AMG’s model range globally. The Mercedes-AMG GT R which has spent a large portion of its development time at the Green Hell of the Nürburgring has proven its racing mettle at our very own Buddh International Circuit. It is only fitting that ahead of its India debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, holds the title of clocking the fastest lap ever by a production car in India,” Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.
“Mercedes-Benz has a formidable presence in the racing and motorsports arena, and this strong lineage is present in our vehicle design and technology, both in performance and aesthetics. The AMG GT R is an embodiment of Mercedes-AMG’s global expertise in creating a sports car that every performance enthusiast around the world, would like to own and experience every day.”
The GT R has an electronic differential operating on the rear axle to help control all those angry horses. The stability control has three settings, including off! Go ahead, do that if you have the heart and of course, the skills. The traction control has nine levels of intervention, adjusted via a racing car-like knob in the middle of the dashboard.
The car has active flaps behind the front fascia and underneath. The flaps were developed on a computer simulation, post which they were tested in a wind tunnel and finally honed on the Nürburgring. It is this iconic race track which the green hell magno matt paint pays homage to.