Mercedes-AMG GT-R: The first mean and green AMG arrives in India, launch likely soon

Mercedes-Benz has already launched eight new products in India. Now though, something lot more powerful, a lot greener and a lot meaner is coming to town

By: | Published: July 29, 2017 9:55 PM

Mercedes-Benz is quite on a spree of extending its product portfolio in India with eighth new car launches this year already, including E-Class LWB, S-Class Connoisseur’s Edition, G63 AMG, GLS 63 AMG, GLA facelift and the GLC 43 AMG Coupe. Now though, something lot more powerful, a lot greener and a lot meaner is coming to town. The AMG GT-R is likely to be launched in the country soon and while the date is not confirmed, some images that cropped up on social media suggest that the first unit has arrived in India. The car in the image, posted by AutomobiliArdent: Petrolhead Lifestyle has the signature ‘Green Hell Magno’ paint job. The AMG GTR is supposedly the first ever Right Hand Drive (RHD) unit to be manufactured at the company’s plant in Affalterbach, Germany.

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.

There’s 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.

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