Till now, whenever you heard the letters G, T, and R together, the first name that came to your mind was Nissan. Now, there’s a brand new, green, hotter version of GT R coming all the way from Germany, and guess what? It’s from the stable of Mercedes-AMG.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-AMG has collaborated with Nissan before, but the new GT R features nothing more than a name with the existing Nissan GT-R. Mercedes-AMG has already dropped a number of teaser photos plus a video, referring to the car as the “beast of the green hell.”
The Mercedes-AMG GT R receives a full body kit, including a big spoiler out back, as well as a huge air diffuser built into the rear bumper. In addition, it comes with a heritage-laced grille. The design of the grille is inspired by the one found on the iconic 300 SL, which ran the race tracks during the 1950s.
Mercedes has used weight-reducing materials like carbon fiber to build the new GT R that makes it about 200 pounds lighter than the standard GT. A good chunk of old GT’s sound-deadening material has been removed and the standard seats have been replaced with a pair of ultra-light buckets.
It’s still not sure what’s under the new GT R’s long hood, but Motor Authority has guessed that it will be powered by a modified version of the standard GT’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. The rear wheels will be powered by an automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles.
If you go through the teaser images you’ll see the nameplate reads “S GT 585.” Well, the sequence was definitely not chosen randomly. Here, the “S” stands for Stuttgart, specifying that the car is registered in Germany. “GT” describes the name of the model and perhaps “585” corresponds to 585 horsepower. The new Mercedes-AMG GT R will be officially debuted on June 24 during Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. It will go on sale soon after it’s unveiled, with a possibility that it will be rolled out as an exclusive limited-edition model.