Green Hell meets Mount Panorama

Mercedes-AMG GT R

A Mercedes-AMG GT R is set to break cover for the first time in Australia at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Race from February 3-5.

Running what AMG call ‘Green Hell Magno’ paint, the record-setting GT R will be driven around the mountain circuit in demonstration laps by the highly decorated German racer Bernd Schneider.

The AMG GT R shot to prominence late last year after lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife in an astonishing 7:10.9s.

The new spearhead of the AMG model range was faster through the circuit dubbed ‘The Green Hell’ by Sir Jackie Stewart, than any other road-going sports car ever tested by German motoring magazine Sport Auto.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is built on the chassis and drivetrain of the accomplished Mercedes-AMG GT, but cranks up every facet of performance.

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Wider front and rear wings, automatically adjusting front air intakes, a larger rear aerofoil and a unique rear double diffuser have been added to maximise driving dynamics.

Active rear-wheel steering, a nine-stage adjustable traction control system and adjustable coil-over suspension help the driver exploit the optimised twin-turbocharged V8 engine’s 430 kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

The Mercedes-AMG GT R will go on sale in Australia in June 2017.

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