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PostHeaderIcon In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe’s Supercars

Chevy just unveiled its incredible new Corvette ZR1 over the weekend, and while we have yet to get every single nitty gritty detail, our first look at the spec sheet reveals that yes, this thing is indeed a complete and utter monster. It’s a bit like the Z06 – that is, if the Z06 trained like it had the Superbowl on Sunday and a championship MMA fight on Monday. All told, the ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful production car Chevy has ever created, with all the right equipment needed to make it a full-fledged supercar. And when you consider that, it makes sense Chevy first pulled the sheets in a private event in Dubai, a town that could very well lay claim to the title of supercar capital of the world (seriously, just check out the Dubai police force!). So then, the question is this – how does the ZR1 fair when challenged by Europe’s idea of a supercar?

To find out, we’ve put together the following comparison, which will dive into the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and chassis specs of the ZR1 to see how it lines up. Playing the part of the rivals is the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Mercedes-AMG GT S, each of which carries some serious weight in the world of top-shelf performance (not to mention a top-shelf price tag as well). Can the ‘Vette rebuff the European onslaught? Read on to find out.

Continue reading for an in-depth comparison between the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Europe’s supercars.

Exterior

McLaren 570S


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As expected, the McLaren of the group looks to be the closest to a “traditional” supercar in terms of exterior styling. It’s got the same proportions and cues as the brand’s halo hybrid, the world-beating, highly venerated P1. Granted, the 570S is a bit more understated, but the DNA is obvious.

In front, we find lower aero blades in the fascia, as well as teardrop-shaped, LED headlights up top. The doors open in a dihedral fashion, while a “floating tendon” design in the flanks helps to divert atmosphere into the side pod intakes, keeping it cool while also finding a good balance between max downforce and minimal drag. In back you’ll find a flying buttresses design, with the aero shaped to help extract hot air from the engine bay, while also keeping the tail planted at speed.

McLaren 570S – exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 105.1
Length (Inches) 178.3
Width (Inches) 82.5
Height (Inches) 47.3

Porsche 911 Turbo S


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Not much surprise here – the 911 Turbo S looks like just about every other 911 on the road, save for a few unique touches here and there. The differences between the Turbo and Turbo S are even harder to pick out. However, if extra style and aero stick are what you’re after, then you can get yours with a factory body kit that adds a new wing element in the rear, new side skirts, and a few new front lip spoilers in the corners of the fascia.

The S also gets unique center-locking wheels, with a motorsport-inspired design and a 20-inch diameter. Full LED headlights come as standard, while narrow LED daytime running lights are in the lower corners of the front bumper. In back are 3D brake lights, as well as standard black exhaust tips. The latest model year also gets specialty colors like Miami Blue and Lava Orange.

Porsche 911 Turbo S – exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 96.5
Length (Inches) 177.4
Width (Inches) 74
Height (Inches) 51

Mercedes-AMG GT S


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Out of all the entries on this list, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is undoubtedly the most elegant. While aggressive and sporty, the Merc balances out with a good bit of refinement as well, looking more luxurious and comfort-oriented than most other modern exotics.

Regardless, the Merc still uses plenty of carbon fiber, and incorporates styling cues from arguably the world’s first supercar, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The means it gets an extended hood line and cab-back proportions, with long, straight lines that give it that rocket sled sort of feeling. The headlights stretch back into the fenders, while the front fascia gets a rounded central intake and a thinner lower intake. The side intakes cool the brakes, while thin taillights take up a spot in the rear. The rear glass also extends down into the trunk, once again enhancing the car’s sense of length. Just ahead of those large wheels up front are the requisite fender cutouts, which are just for show, but look quite good all the same.

Mercedes-AMG GT S – exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 103.5
Length (Inches) 179
Width (Inches) 76.3
Height (Inches) 50.7

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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From refined elegance, to shock and awe – the Corvette ZR1 is a rather striking thing to behold. It’s like a great white shark with more downforce, an apex predator that’s very, very hungry. Chevy pulled no punches with the styling, equipping the ‘Vette with an all-new front fascia. In fact, the whole front clip is new, including the sharpened intakes and wider fenders.

Of course, the ZR1’s new exterior isn’t just for looks – this thing is effective at speed as well, with extensive wind tunnel testing yielding some pretty impressive results in terms of aero. A variety of packages are offered to give buyers a choice of downforce levels, with the ZTK Performance Pack throwing in something called the High Wing that’ll make as much as 950 pounds of extra stick at speed, roughly 60 percent more than a modern Z06 equipped with the Z07 Performance Package. The wing is also adjustable, with up to 5 degrees of tunability to better suit the driver’s preferences on the track. In addition, the ZTK pack adds a more effective front splitter, which is made from carbon fiber and sandwiched by vertical end plates. A Low Wing configuration is also on deck, which is less aggressive, but still manages to produce 70 percent more downforce than the base model Z06.


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“Of course, the ZR1’s new exterior isn’t just for looks – this thing is effective at speed as well, with extensive wind tunnel testing yielding some pretty impressive results in terms of aero.”

In fact, the wings are so effective, Chevy had to mount them directly to the chassis, similar to the C7.R racing machine. The wing uses a cast aluminum truss structure that hooks up to the bumper beam, which is necessary because otherwise, all that downforce would deform the trunk. Impressive.

Up front, you’ll find a redesigned hood to accommodate the new supercharger, offering more clearance while also keeping the powerplant cool with carbon fiber louvers. The wheels are staggered at 19 inches in front and 20 inches in back. More eye-catching styling can be had with the Sebring Orange Design Package, which adds a searing shade of carrot color to the body panels, brake calipers, side skirts, and splitter, not to mention select interior components like the stitching and seat belts. Extra bronze aluminum trim was added as well.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 106.7
Length (Inches) 176.9
Width (Inches) 77.4
Height (Inches) 48.6

Interior

McLaren 570S


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As part of McLaren’s Sport Series line, the 570S was designed specifically to offer more space and greater usability as compared to the rest of the brand’s more hardcore models. A full infotainment system is equipped, with info relayed to the driver via a new digital instrument cluster behind the flat-bottom steering wheel and a 7.0-inch touchscreen in the dash. There’s integrated climate control, Bluetooth support, and either digital or satellite radio for aural diversions. Leather upholstery was added to the seats, dash, and steering wheel, with further customization options offered with Alcantara, Nappa leather, and carbon fiber trim. A Bowers & Wilkins stereo with 12 speakers is also on the options list.

And while it’s a bit more comfortable than other McLarens, the 570S is still very much driver focused and performance oriented, a characteristic that’s complemented by the option for racing bucket seats.

McLaren 570S – interior dimensions

Cargo room 5.3 cubic feet

Porsche 911 Turbo S


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Like the exterior, the interior of the 911 Turbo S is more or less a carryover from years before. There are carbon inlays added to the dash, center console, and the central transmission tunnel, while a 360 mm (14.2-inch) diameter steering wheel offers influences from Stuttgart’s hybrid halo car, the 918 Spyder. Equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, the 911 Turbo S also gets an analog clock mounted high on the dash. A variety of buttons and mode switches are spread out just about everywhere, including on the steering wheel and central tunnel, offering inputs for the various performance systems and infotainment features.

Speaking of infotainment, the 911 offers Porsche’s Communication Management with Online Navigation, plus a standard Connect Plus module, Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth support, and USB connections for your smartphone. A small touchscreen is mounted in the center console. Standard spec is a Bose stereo system, while upgrades include a Burmester stereo system.

Porsche 911 Turbo S – interior dimensions

Cargo room 5.1 cubic feet

Mercedes-AMG GT S


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One look is all you need to confirm just how lovely it is inside the Mercedes-AMG GT S. This handsome interior layout draws its inspiration from various aviation and motorsport themes, while never ignoring Merc’s commitment to luxury. The center console is broad and comes studded with controls set in a glossy surround that’s meant to mimic the shape of the engine’s “vee” configuration. The flat-bottom steering wheel is covered in Alcantara and gets a top center mark, while the broad dash wraps around the occupants, continuing the lines of the concave doors to give it an enhanced sense of volume. High-end materials abound, with leather upholstery and trim made from both aluminum and carbon fiber. Red contrast stitching rounds it out.

Mercedes-AMG GT S – interior dimensions

Headroom 39.5 inches
Cargo room 10.1 cubic feet

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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Inside the Corvette ZR1, the look and layout is once again reminiscent of the Z06, offering the same driver-focused layout as before, but with a few extra premium touches here are there. Overall, The ZR1 looks and feels like a high-powered GT car, rather than a stripped-down track car, with leather upholstery for the seats, suede microfiber inserts, and the option for Napa leather upholstery. The flat-bottom steering wheel also gets a good deal of carbon fiber trim, while options include a Bose audio system. A performance data recorder provides numbers to back your tales of on-track heroics. Funny enough, this thing even gets 15 cubic feet of cargo room – talk about practical!

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – interior dimensions

Headroom (Inches) 38
Legroom (Inches) 43
Shoulder Room (Inches) 55
Hip Room (Inches) 54
EPA passenger volume (cu. ft. ) 52
Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 15

Drivetrain

McLaren 570S


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Mounted behind the cabin of the McLaren is a detuned version of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 you get in the 650S and P1, this time around rocking 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Routing it all to the rear wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Properly applied, the 570S can hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and 124 mph in 9.5 seconds, continuing on to a top speed of 204 mph.

McLaren 570S – Drivetrain Specifications

Engine twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8
Horsepower 562 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Torque 443 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 204 mph

Porsche 911 Turbo S


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Per tradition, the 911 Turbo S mounts its engine in the rear, with a flat-six configuration for the cylinder banks. Displacement is rated at 3.8 liters, which gets boosted by two new turbos to produce as much as 580 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque at 2,250 rpm. A seven-speed PDK transmission sends the muscle to the ground, where all four wheels get fed for a dollop of AWD grip. Put it in all the right settings, and the 911 Turbo S will hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, while continuing on to a top speed of 205 mph.

Porsche 911 Turbo S – Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower 580 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 553 LB-FT @ 2,250 RPM
0 to 60 mph 2.9 seconds
Top Speed 205 mph

Mercedes-AMG GT S


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Under that long hood line on the Mercedes is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Thanks to its Piezo fuel injectors, indirect intercooling, and Nanoslide coating for the cylinder walls and piston rings, output comes to 515 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 479 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. The 0-to-60 mph run is done in 3.7 seconds, while top speed of 193 mph. Made from all aluminum, the V-8 is also relatively lightweight, while a “Hot Vee” configuration for the turbo placement yields faster spool time. Finally, a dry-sump oil system offers better high-G lubrication and a lower engine mounting position.

Mercedes-AMG GT S – Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower 515 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Torque 479 LB-FT @ 1,750 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.7 seconds
Top Speed 193 mph

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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I’d be lying if I said the Corvette ZR1’s most enticing feature was anything other than the outrageous monster powerplant lying in wait in the nose. Dubbed the LT5, this supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 uses an aluminum block and head, similar to the Z06. However, the LT5 is unique to the ZR1 (for now at least) and offers much more than a little tune-up. The entire power and torque curve is fatter, with as much as 105 extra horses and 65 extra pound-feet compared to the C7 Z06. That means the ZR1 maxes out at an impressive 755 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 715 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Hitting the pavement through outrageously wide rear tires, all that go should translate into a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. Chevy didn’t give us an exact figure on the benchmark, but did say the ZR1 should eclipse 210 mph at the top end.

“The ZR1 maxes out at an impressive 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, which we expect to translate into 2.5 seconds to 60 mph. 210 mph is possible at the top end.”

To keep it cool, the ZR1 equips two intercoolers and four extra radiators, bringing the total number of heat exchangers to 13, which is critical when considering the overheating issues that have plagued the new Z06. The ZR1’s Eaton supercharger is also new, offering a 52-percent increase in displacement compared to the LT4 ‘Vette, standing nearly 3 inches taller as well (hence the new hood). There’s also a 4-inch diameter throttle body engineered specifically for the ZR1, which is the biggest throttle body ever added to a ‘Vette from the factory. Keeping the thirsty ‘eight topped off is a dual fuel-injection system, with both direct injection and port injection used to keep those pony juices flowing. A seven-speed manual gearbox with rev match comes as standard, while an eight-speed automatic with paddles is optional.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Drivetrain Specifications

Engine LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
Transmission 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match
8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
0 to 60 mph 2.5 seconds
Top Speed 210 mph

Chassis And Handling

McLaren 570S


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Under the skin of the McLaren is an all-carbon chassis dubbed the MonoCell II, which was revised in order to better suit the rigors of daily driving duty. However, McLaren still managed to keep off the heft, as the whole chassis weighs just 176 pounds.

That concern for lightness was extended to the rest of the car as well, and the result is a curb weight of just 2,895 pounds. That means it’s got an impressive power-to-weight ratio too, with 428 horsepower per metric tonne. The weight is distributed 42 percent in the front and 58 percent in the rear, and is managed by unique suspension tuning with adaptive dampers and dual wishbones. Multiple drive modes offer some flexibility, while carbon ceramic brakes make it stop and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires make it grip.

Porsche 911 Turbo S


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Like all 911’s, the Turbo S benefits from its unique engine configuration to offer drivers a distinctive experience behind the wheel, and even though it’s AWD, the rear-engine should provide some decent rotation if properly provoked. It’ll stop real good as well, coming equipped from the factory with Porsche’s carbon ceramic brake package, mounting larger discs than the standard Turbo (up to 410 mm, or 16.1 inches, in the S). Six-piston calipers are used up front, while four-pots are in the rear. Finally, the front wheels are 9 inches wide, while the rears are 11.5 inches wide, an increase of half an inch overall.

Mercedes-AMG GT S


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While it might look like a bit of a luxury bruiser, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is actually surprisingly lightweight, tipping the scales at roughly 3,600 pounds. To keep it planted, there are double wishbones in the front and rear, with lots of aluminum used for the construction. The AMG also gets electronically controlled damping as standard on the S model, plus multiple drive modes adjustable inside the cabin if desired. Speed-sensitive steering is also standard, while high-performance composite brakes can be swapped for carbon ceramic units if desired. The wheels are staggered at 19 inches in front and 20 inches in the rear, and three-stage stability control lets you pick how much electronic intervention you’d like.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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If it’s just straight-line speed and power that you’re after, there are cheaper options than the ZR1 (did someone say Dodge Demon?). Instead, the ZR1 mates its prodigious output with the chassis and suspension pieces required to put them to use on a track with corners.

While it’s got basically the same suspension set-up as the Z06 (magnetorheological dampers, front and rear get double wishbones, etc.), the ZR1 stands outs thanks to unique tuning for greater performance. The ZTK Performance Pack enhances this with further tweaks to the Magnetic Ride Control components and chassis, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires. Additional features include Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering set-up with electric assist, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

“While it’s got basically the same suspension set-up as the Z06, the ZR1 stands outs thanks to unique tuning for greater performance. Carbon fiber offsets the weight of the bigger blower.”

In terms of weight, the ZR1’s bigger blower and cooling bits undoubtedly add quite a bit of heft, but it was offset thanks to the inclusion of additional carbon fiber components. For example, the hood, engine cover, rear quarter panel, roof, front splitter, side rail, and intake are all made from the stuff, which results in a final curb weight of 3,524 pounds.

There’s also more than plenty of meaty tire in the corners, with the ZR1 adding a full half-inch of width to each wheel. That means you get 10.5 inches of rubber per side in front and an astonishing 12 inches per side in the rear. Yep, you read that right – 2 full feet of tire in back. Sizing for the stuff is measured at 285/30 in front and 335/25 in back. Making it stop are carbon ceramic rotors, measured at 15.5 inches in front and 15.3 inches in rear, with fixed six-pot front calipers and four-pot rear calipers.

Prices

McLaren 570S $188,600
Porsche 911 Turbo S $188,100
Mercedes-AMG GT S $132,400
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 $120,000 (estimate, market debut scheduled for next spring)

Conclusion


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Lined up against the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Mercedes-AMG GT S, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has a few glaringly obvious deficiencies. First off, let’s talk about styling – while the ‘Vette looks like some kind of overwrought tuner special, the other three entries have style and panache, turning heads like a passing celebrity. By contrast, the ZR1 turns heads like a lion chowing down on a gazelle.

Unfortunately, the same goes for the interior specs. Once again, the European supercars offer luxury and opulence, with well-crafted layouts and superlative comfort. Meanwhile, the ‘Vette screams cost cutting.

“Depending on what kind of enthusiast you are, hyper-aggressive exterior styling and a cheap-o interior might not matter. What really matters is what happens when you put your foot down or take a corner.”

But here’s the thing – depending on what kind of enthusiast you are, all the above might not matter. What really matters is what happens when you put your foot down or take a corner, and by those measurements, the ZR1 is absolutely worthy of keeping company with Europe’s supercars.

Granted, the way the ‘Vette goes about making its speed is a bit… let’s say simplistic. Maybe old school would be the more appropriate term. Either way here’s the formula – huge tires, huge wing, huge engine. Sure, the ‘Vette has fancy adaptive suspension and an electronic diff, but compared to the other three entries examined here, there’s no denying that the ZR1 is a bit of a blunt instrument.


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“Yes, the ZR1 is a bit of a blunt instrument, but when you put it all together, what you get is top-shelf supercar performance.”

But again, that just doesn’t matter, because when you put it all together, what you get is top-shelf supercar performance. Yes, it’s a brute force approach to going fast, but it’s also brutally effective. Long story short, we’d pit the ZR1 against any of the above-mentioned European supercars on the track, and Chevy should be proud of that. Throw in the fact the Chevy should be significantly easier on the bank account, and the bad taste left by that wing-tastic exterior and plastic-heavy interior starts to fade.

The ZR1 won’t be sold in Europe, and rightfully so. This thing isn’t subtle. It isn’t refined. It isn’t luxurious. But that’s not the point. Folks aren’t gonna buy the ZR1 because of the quality of the seat stitching. They’ll buy it because it’ll hang with the best of the best from Europe for far less outlay, and that’s the point.

References

McLaren 570S


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S.

Porsche 911 Turbo S


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Mercedes-AMG GT S


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Read our full article on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo by IMSA

With just over 500 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is far from what you or I would consider a supercar. It’s got some burn to it, sure, but it’s not going to win any races when you line it up against the Lamborghinis and Ferraris of the world. Imagine, then, what kind of program it would take for the AMG GT S to have the muscle for that action. Well, stop imagining because it’s actually come to life, all thanks to the fantastic folks over at IMSA. For your enjoyment, folks, I present to you the Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo by IMSA.

Now, this is what a fully realized AMG GT S is supposed to look like. It may not be as sexy as its big bro, the AMG GT R, but it sure does make up for it in extra girth and muscle. That transformation was achieved in large part because of the work put in by the German tuner. There’s plenty to discuss here, including the steps by which IMSA was able to not only visually transform the AMG GT S. but increase power and performance to reach certified supercar territory.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo

Exterior


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“Take out the whole panels and put these carbon fiber pieces on the car, and you’re looking at a coupe that, at least according to IMSA, now weighs just under 1,300 kilos”

Carbon fiber, carbon fiber, and more carbon fiber. That was the blueprint IMSA laid out in designing the exterior upgrades for the AMG GT S and it followed it to a tee. What you see here now is a sports car dripping in the precious (and lightweight) stuff, including on the whole bumper and spoiler assembly, hood, roof, wings, trunk lid, and, of course, the rear wing. Take out the whole panels and put these carbon fiber pieces on the car, and you’re looking at a coupe that, at least according to IMSA, now weighs just under 1,300 kilos (2,866 pounds). Do the math and that’s weight savings amounting to 300 kilos (661 pounds). It may not sound like much, but it’s a huge diet for a car that relies heavily on its performance credentials.

Finishing off the exterior upgrades is a set of 20- and 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels from IMSA Racing. These wheels are then wrapped in 305/30-series and 315/30-series Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires in the front and rear, respectively.

Interior


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Note: Standard Mercedes-AMG GT pictured here.

There’s always a rub when it comes to interior upgrades. Some tuners proudly showcase theirs whereas some ignore this section of the car completely. Then there are those that offer personalized upgrades, which essentially leaves it in the customer’s hands. IMSA’s interior upgrades for the AMG GT S sit along those lines, other than the fact that the tuner installed a roll cage inside for safety reasons. Apart from that piece of equipment, every surface that can be improved upon in the cabin lies in the personal whims and preferences of the buyer. That’s why IMSA refused to identify what kind of upgrades it gave to this showpiece model since the absence of expectations make it far more interesting for potential buyers of the whole program.

Drivetrain


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“The Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo now has 848 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque at its disposal”

Programs or projects with insanely long names are usually indications that a specific kit has something special to offer. The Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo is no exception because its engine upgrade is, in a word, potent. It also involved a lot of work on IMSA’s part, including the modification of the sports car’s turbochargers, the addition of new forged pistons, the installation of a new intake and intercooler, and the complete re-engineering of all these new components that allows them to function and live up to the enormous expectations IMSA put on its shoulders.

Happy to say, then, that the result more than lived up to the hype. The Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo now has 848 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. Plain and simple, those are supercar-worthy numbers. Much more important are the ramifications of having that much power at the sports car’s disposal. IMSA didn’t say how this massive engine spike translates as far as performance times go, but let’s go back to the part of the car weighing 300 kilos less than its standard counterpart. If the AMG GT S can hit 0 to 60 mph in just under four seconds, the AMG RXR One Super Gran Trusmo should have enough (extra) power in its engine to blow that figure out fo the water.


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“The AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo should be able to hit 60 mph in vicinity of 3.1 to 3.3 seconds”

Don’t be surprised if the difference is massive either because, in my mind, the AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo should be able to cover the same ground in the low-three-second mark. Perhaps somewhere in the vicinity of 3.1 to 3.3 seconds and a top speed in excess of 217 mph? Those numbers are completely unattainable for a standard AMG GT S, but they should be well within reach for a heavily modified AM GT S like the AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo.

Suspension


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No surprises on this front either, considering the kind of power the AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo has at its disposal. Somebody puts that many upgrades on a car and it’s bound to need suspension upgrades to help the sports car maintain an appropriate amount of balance and sufficient handling. So, that’s precisely what IMSA did, and it threw in carbon ceramic brakes behind the wheels for good measure.

Price


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Did you expect a specific price figure for this program? If you did, then I’m sorry to disappoint you because IMSA isn’t releasing any pricing details. That’s probably due to the fact that there are elements in the whole program – the personalized options – that would cause the final price to vary. The tuner did say that it’s only building a limited number of the RXR One Super Gran Turismo, so if you’re interested in getting one, now’s as good a time as any to make that inquiry. Who knows, if you hold off on doing it, you might lose out on the however many models IMSA plans to build.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG GT S by Lorinser


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It’s been a while since the Mercedes-AMG GT S received a significant tuning upgrade that made a lot of noise in the business. There have been some past kits that have piqued our interest over the years, including this one from Lorinser. It’s actually one of the first programs were featured for the AMG GT S and it certainly didn’t disappoint, though it probably would’ve been much better if it featured an aero kit of some sort.

In case, the program did have a hefty engine upgrade amounting to an increased output of 595 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Consider that the AMG GT S came with a standard output of 503 ponies and 479 pound-feet of twist and you’re looking at extra power amounting to 92 horses and 37 pound-feet of torque. According to Lorinser, the upgrades are good enough to help the sports car hit 0 to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds. A 0-to-124-mph time has also been clocked at 10.1 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Lorinser.

Mercedes-AMG GT S by Mansory


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If there ever was a tuning kit that really put the fear of metal on the AMG GT S, it was Mansory’s program from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This one covered the full boat, beginning with a massive carbon fiber wide-body kit made up of components like a front lip spoiler, a ventilated carbon fiber hood, wheel arch extensions, extended side skirts, and a fancy rear wing at the back.
Those pieces were complemented by a fancy work on the interior that included red carbon fiber sports seats dressed in a hand-stitched, three-color premium leather upholstery.

The real highlight though is the work Mansory put into the sports car’s 4.0-liter Biturbo V-8 engine, none more important than replacing the existing turbochargers with larger turbos and installing
a high-flow air filter and adding an optimized ECU unit. The result is an output of 730 horses, a massive bump of 227 ponies over the standard AMG GT S, and translating itself to an acceleration time of just 3.4 seconds from 0 to 62 mph to go along with a top speed of 205 mph.

Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Mansory.

Conclusion


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Without question, this is one of the most comprehensive tuning programs that I’ve seen created for the Mercedes-AMG GT S. There have been a lot of them, sure, but very few have come within the scope of what IMSA was able to do. From the generous use of carbon fiber on the aero kit to the personalized interior options and the robust engine upgrade, the German tuner left no stone unturned in turning the AMG GT S into a full-fledged supercar with ill intent on anybody that gets in its way.

  • Leave it
    • No set price so costs could go through the roof
    • Limited availability
    • Definitely not for everyone

References

Mercedes-AMG GT


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT - image 567767

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT.


2017 Mercedes-AMG G63 RS 850 by Posaidon - image 739030

Read more car tuning news.

PostHeaderIcon Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT’s Turbo Layout

Many modern automakers use turbocharging to create more power from an engine without negatively affecting fuel economy during mundane driving. Most turbochargers can be found bolted to the exhaust manifold and hanging off the engine’s side. While economical to engineer and produce, this turbo layout can be less efficient due to extra-long plumbing, which causes the dreaded turbo lag. However, a few automakers employ what’s called a Hot V engine layout that’s designed to nearly eliminate turbo lag while also making it easier to ingest cooler air into the combustion chambers.

How does it work? Well, Engineering Explained takes a deep look at how Mercedes-AMG uses a Hot V design on its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the GT.

Long story short – a Hot V engine uses reverse-flow cylinder heads that pull cool air from two separate intake manifolds mounted on the outside of the engine and expel the hot exhaust towards the inside of the engine’s V. Basically, the intake and exhaust manifolds trade places. This allows the turbochargers to be mounted within the engine’s valley and very close to the exhaust ports. The advantage is reduced turbo lag thanks to the close proximity of the turbo’s compressor wheel to the combustion chamber. Reduced turbo lag directly translates to improved throttle response and a near-instant gain in boost.

Aside from that benefit, a Hot V design also keeps intake temperatures cooler. This happens because the intake manifolds are located on the outside of the V where ambient airflow is greater and heat soak is less prevalent. A reduction in intake temperatures means cooler air. Cooler air is denser and can therefore provide more oxygen to the combustion process, thereby improving the engine’s power output.

Mercedes is only one automaker to use the Hot V design. BMW uses it on its modern twin-turbocharged V-8s like in its M products, Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 uses it, and the Porsche 918 even has a Hot V despite it not having turbos. Ferrari even used a Hot V design in its Formula 1 engine from 1981 to 1984, 1.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. Sports car fans might be surprised to hear both Ford and General Motors uses Hot V designs on their V-8 turbodiesels. Yep, both the 6.7-liter Power Stroke and 6.6-liter Duramax have their turbochargers mounted up top.

References

Mercedes-AMG GT


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT - image 567775

Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT.


2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe - image 700638

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C.

PostHeaderIcon Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT’s Turbo Layout

Many modern automakers use turbocharging to create more power from an engine without negatively affecting fuel economy during mundane driving. Most turbochargers can be found bolted to the exhaust manifold and hanging off the engine’s side. While economical to engineer and produce, this turbo layout can be less efficient due to extra-long plumbing, which causes the dreaded turbo lag. However, a few automakers employ what’s called a Hot V engine layout that’s designed to nearly eliminate turbo lag while also making it easier to ingest cooler air into the combustion chambers.

How does it work? Well, Engineering Explained takes a deep look at how Mercedes-AMG uses a Hot V design on its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the GT.

Long story short – a Hot V engine uses reverse-flow cylinder heads that pull cool air from two separate intake manifolds mounted on the outside of the engine and expel the hot exhaust towards the inside of the engine’s V. Basically, the intake and exhaust manifolds trade places. This allows the turbochargers to be mounted within the engine’s valley and very close to the exhaust ports. The advantage is reduced turbo lag thanks to the close proximity of the turbo’s compressor wheel to the combustion chamber. Reduced turbo lag directly translates to improved throttle response and a near-instant gain in boost.

Aside from that benefit, a Hot V design also keeps intake temperatures cooler. This happens because the intake manifolds are located on the outside of the V where ambient airflow is greater and heat soak is less prevalent. A reduction in intake temperatures means cooler air. Cooler air is denser and can therefore provide more oxygen to the combustion process, thereby improving the engine’s power output.

Mercedes is only one automaker to use the Hot V design. BMW uses it on its modern twin-turbocharged V-8s like in its M products, Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 uses it, and the Porsche 918 even has a Hot V despite it not having turbos. Ferrari even used a Hot V design in its Formula 1 engine from 1981 to 1984, 1.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. Sports car fans might be surprised to hear both Ford and General Motors uses Hot V designs on their V-8 turbodiesels. Yep, both the 6.7-liter Power Stroke and 6.6-liter Duramax have their turbochargers mounted up top.

References

Mercedes-AMG GT


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT - image 567775

Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT.


2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe - image 700638

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C.

PostHeaderIcon Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT’s Turbo Layout

Many modern automakers use turbocharging to create more power from an engine without negatively affecting fuel economy during mundane driving. Most turbochargers can be found bolted to the exhaust manifold and hanging off the engine’s side. While economical to engineer and produce, this turbo layout can be less efficient due to extra-long plumbing, which causes the dreaded turbo lag. However, a few automakers employ what’s called a Hot V engine layout that’s designed to nearly eliminate turbo lag while also making it easier to ingest cooler air into the combustion chambers.

How does it work? Well, Engineering Explained takes a deep look at how Mercedes-AMG uses a Hot V design on its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the GT.

Long story short – a Hot V engine uses reverse-flow cylinder heads that pull cool air from two separate intake manifolds mounted on the outside of the engine and expel the hot exhaust towards the inside of the engine’s V. Basically, the intake and exhaust manifolds trade places. This allows the turbochargers to be mounted within the engine’s valley and very close to the exhaust ports. The advantage is reduced turbo lag thanks to the close proximity of the turbo’s compressor wheel to the combustion chamber. Reduced turbo lag directly translates to improved throttle response and a near-instant gain in boost.

Aside from that benefit, a Hot V design also keeps intake temperatures cooler. This happens because the intake manifolds are located on the outside of the V where ambient airflow is greater and heat soak is less prevalent. A reduction in intake temperatures means cooler air. Cooler air is denser and can therefore provide more oxygen to the combustion process, thereby improving the engine’s power output.

Mercedes is only one automaker to use the Hot V design. BMW uses it on its modern twin-turbocharged V-8s like in its M products, Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 uses it, and the Porsche 918 even has a Hot V despite it not having turbos. Ferrari even used a Hot V design in its Formula 1 engine from 1981 to 1984, 1.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. Sports car fans might be surprised to hear both Ford and General Motors uses Hot V designs on their V-8 turbodiesels. Yep, both the 6.7-liter Power Stroke and 6.6-liter Duramax have their turbochargers mounted up top.

References

Mercedes-AMG GT


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT - image 567775

Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT.


2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe - image 700638

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The Mercedes-AMG GT is getting a faster, meaner Black Series version.

Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in 2018.

With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else
as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.

Updated 08/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught what appears to be the road-going version of the GT4 race car. The prototype drops the usual central mounted exhaust pipe and features some exhaust pipes hidden in the diffuser on the left and right, side just like we saw on the GT4 race car. And, since Mercedes is going to use the GT4 name for its four-door super sedan, this can only be the Black Series version of the AMG GT.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The Mercedes-AMG GT is getting a faster, meaner Black Series version.

Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in 2018.

With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else
as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.

Updated 08/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught what appears to be the road-going version of the GT4 race car. The prototype drops the usual central mounted exhaust pipe and features some exhaust pipes hidden in the diffuser on the left and right, side just like we saw on the GT4 race car. And, since Mercedes is going to use the GT4 name for its four-door super sedan, this can only be the Black Series version of the AMG GT.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT4

AMG might be responsible for Mercedes’ most-powerful and appealing models, but the high-performance brand has yet to use its full potential as a car manufacturer. Sure, the Affalterbach-based division brought us the awesome SLS AMG, and more recently, the AMG GT, but it hasn’t developed more than one stand-alone vehicle at a time. With rumors that AMG is pondering a sedan that’s not based on an existing Mercedes model, the brand’s current lineup will soon expand to include a second fully AMG-made product.

The company’s plans to develop a high-performance four-door became more than obvious at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG GT concept. The show car also confirms that the sedan will be based on the AMG GT in terms of design, but still feature some of the more traditional Mercedes cues seen on the regular sedans. In all, the concept is pretty much a mash up between the AMG GT sports car and the CLS four-door coupe. Also, the fact that the concept’s design isn’t too wild means that the production model could be very similar. The prototypes that were spotted on public roads in 2017 confirms just that.

Updated 09/25/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming AMG GT4 out for a new testing session and this time we can also take a look at the inside of the car.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Mercedes-AMG GT4.

Rendering


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Newest rendering shown on the left; old rendering shown on the right

If you’re working why the two renderings we made are so different, the explanation is very simple. We created the first image as soon as the AMG GT was out and the first rumors about a sedan surfaced, so it looks very similar to the sports car. And to be honest, an AMG GT with a longer wheelbase and four doors is as sexy as they get. But when the AMG GT Concept was unveiled in 2017, it became pretty clear that Mercedes-Benz is gunning for a more elegant, less aggressive look. The rendering on the left pictures just that, being heavily based on the latest concept car.

Spy Shots

September 25, 2017 – Mercedes-AMG GT4 reveals its interior


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August 22, 2017 – Mercedes AMG GT4 starts dropping camouflage


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May 8, 2017 – Mercedes AMG GT4 begins testing session


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Exterior


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“The AMG sedan will essentially be a four-door version of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, but with the kind of sleek elegance you get with the CLS.”

As you can see in the rendering above, I’m very confident that the AMG sedan will essentially be a four-door version of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car, but with the kind of sleek elegance you get with the CLS. You can’t see that very much in our recent spy shots, but that’s because Mercedes is still using a mule based on the E-Class. But the end result will be just as slick as the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A7, so look for a sporty, low-slung four-door.

The nose will bear a close resemblance to the AMG GT, especially the grille and the headlamps. But while the former will most likely be identical to the coupe, the latter should take a less aggressive form, but remain slender and angled toward the nose and wheel arches. Below, we should see slim intakes at each corner carbon-fiber bezels, and a carbon-fiber splitter.

“Around back, look for Mercedes to keep most of the design of the concept car, but don't expect to get the extra thin taillights on the production model.”

Onto the sides, we designed the GT4 as a slightly sleeker version of the CLS. The roof sits lower, the rear windscreen has a smaller angle relative to the beltline, while the decklid is shorter. The shorter wheelbase and the exclusive wheels should also help set this AMG sedan apart from the CLS63.

Around back, look for Mercedes to keep most of the design of the concept car, and the test vehicle confirms that it will get extra thin tallights as seen on the AMG GT sports car. The race-inspired diffuser appears to have been replaced with a milder version, while the large exhaust pipe in the middle made way for a quad layout with two outlets on each side.

Needless to say, a four-door AMG GT will make for one sexy sedan! Just look at the gorgeous sports sedan our rendering artist put together and tell me I’m wrong.

Interior


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*Note: Mercedes-AMG GT interior pictured

“Much like its exterior, the sedan's interior should mimic the AMG GT's from the front seats onward.”

After several months since our paparazzi caught the first mule on the go, they finally got a good shot of the interior. And the dashboard appears to be identical to the E-Class. This isn’t surprising given that the AMG GT4 will share underpinnings with the midsize sedan, but I’m sure it’s just a temporary thing. While the E-Class has a gorgeous interior (arguably the best looking and best equipped in its class if you ask me), the GT4 needs something unique in order to stand out. So while it may share a few cues with other Mercs, most of the layout should be different.

All told, much like its exterior, the sedan’s interior should mimic the AMG GT’s from the front seats onward. We could see some of the same gorgeous “aviation design” theme with its wide, wing-like dashboard and center-mounted, spotlight-style vents to sit in front of the driver and front passenger, separated by the motorsport-inspired center console and its V-8-like layout for the AMG Drive Unit controls.

The sporty and luxurious theme would continue behind the front seats, although legroom and headroom might be a bit cramped for taller adults. On the other hand, the numerous connectivity features and access to the car’s infotainment system should make trips enjoyable for rear passengers nonetheless.

Drivetrain


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“Motivation will be provided by the familiar bi-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8”

The borrowing process from the AMG GT sports car would continue under the GT4’s hood, with motivation to be provided by the bi-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The powerplant could find its way into the sedan in the same two output configurations as in the sports car, meaning there would be a GT4 with 469 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and a GT4 S with a heftier 515 horses and 490 pound-feet.

However, there are rumors that Mercedes-AMG could go with a higher output, likely close to 600 horsepower. Achieving this shouldn’t be an issue given that the AMG GT R’s beefed-up V-8 cranks out a solid 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of twist. And given the kind of out cars like the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Aston Martin Rapide come with, a 600-horsepower Mercedes-AMG four-door is actually a very good idea.

“There are rumors that Mercedes-AMG could go with a higher output, likely close to 600 horsepower”

Shifting duties would be handled by the same seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic known as the AMG Speedshift DCT. However, performance won’t be the same as the AMG GT’s, as the GT4’s longer chassis and extra bodywork will lower the 0-to-60 mph sprints in the four-second range. Specifically, while the AMG GT needs 3.7 and 3.9 seconds, respectively, the sedan would likely hit 60 mph in about 4.0 and 4.2 seconds. These figures would make the GT4 a strong competitor for both the Porsche Panamera GTS and the Aston Martin Rapide S. On the other hand, a 600-horsepower GT4 would be able to hit 60 mph in less than three ticks.

A hybrid model is also likely, especially given the current market trends, and a diesel could also be in the books. If offered, the latter will most likely be sold in Europe only, so don’t expect it to cross the pond to the United States.

Prices

It’s way too early to talk about pricing given we still don’t know whether AMG will build this sedan or not, but, if produced, the GT4 should start from around $170,000 in the United States. For reference, the Mercedes-AMG GT S fetches $129,000 before options.

Competition

Porsche Panamera


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Redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Porsche Panamera is now sportier than ever, and its design incorporates even more 911 styling features. The cabin is loaded with state-of-the-art tech, and the driver is connected to the car via two seven-inch displays in the instrument cluster and a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen on the center stack. Drivetrain options are as varied as the get. The base model has a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 325 horsepower and 332 pound-feet, while the Panamera 4S comes with 434 horses and 406 pound-feet on tap. The Turbo model uses a 4.0-liter V-8 with 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet and makes a great case for an AMG GT R version of the sedan. The new Panamera also comes with a diesel engine and two hybrid drivetrains. The range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid cranks out a massive 671 horsepower and 627 pound-feet that Mercedes-Benz will have a difficult time competing with. Pricing starts from $85,000 and goes up to $150,000 before options for the Turbo models.

Learn more about the Porsche Panamera here.

Aston Martin Rapide


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Launched in 2009 as a spiritual successor to the Aston Martin Lagonda and the company’s first sedan in 20 years, the Rapide is based on the DB9 and shares the same VH platform. Power comes from Aston’s ubiquitous 5.9-liter V-12 engine, tuned to deliver 552 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Although it’s the most powerful of the bunch, the Rapide S won’t be quicker than the AMG GT4 in its current specification. Its 203-mph top speed, on the other hand, places it above everything else in this niche. Inside, the Rapide S comes with Aston’s finest in terms of luxury and technology, although some might find its cabin design rather dated compared to the GT4’s. The British sedan isn’t cheap either, as it starts from $198,250 in the U.S. It’s safe to assume that Aston Martin will offer a new-generation Rapide soon, so AMG will get a lighter, faster, and more luxurious competitor.

Find out more about the Aston Martin Rapide here.

Conclusion


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With no official word yet, AMG might never build the GT4. Heck, we don’t even know it will be named like this, and considering Porsche recently forced Aston Martin to change the name of the Vantage GT3, a GT4 nameplate from AMG could also prove upsetting now that the 2016 Cayman GT4 is roaming the streets. Still, a stand-alone AMG-built sedan is a great idea from an enthusiast’s point of view. Not to mention it wouldn’t hurt for the Panamera and Rapide to get some stiff competition after all these years. Hopefully, the AMG GT Concept is a sign of things to come, and we’ll get to see this four-door coupe in dealerships by 2020.

  • Leave it
    • AMG might not build it
    • Development could be too costly

References

Mercedes-AMG GT concept.


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Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG GT concept.


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Read more Mercedes news.

Update History

Updated 08/22/2017: The upcoming Mercedes AMG GT4 was caught testing again, this time with more camouflage removed and revealing its fastback rear.

Updated 05/08/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT4 out for a first testing session. The car is expected to debut later this year or at the beginning of 2018.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Family Gets Power Boost For 2018

The Mercedes-AMG GT sports car family has grown to include no fewer than five road-going models in two years, and it’s now getting an upgrade for the 2018 model year. If it sounds familiar it’s because this update was announced a few months back, but Mercedes-Benz just confirmed that the revised design features and boosted drivetrains will make it to the U.S. for 2018. Or we could say that it has been reissued to remind us all that the AMG division is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.

In case you haven’t been following us lately, the highlights for this upgrade include an AMG Panamericana grille and an active air management system for all versions of the sports car. Mercedes also introduced new output variants for the 4.0-liter V-8, ranging from 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist. On top of that, each model gained specific improvements in the chassis department.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Official: Mercedes-AMG GT4 Customer Racing Car

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They may have become businessmen in recent years, the masters of the luxury segment and the makers of some of the most lavishly equipped super saloons, but AMG engineers are still racing guys at heart. That’s why they just went ahead and made a new customer racing car in form of Mercedes-AMG GT4, even though no one really asked for it!

AMG basically saw the success of the GT3 model and decided what the hell, let’s make a GT4 version too for those who are into this category. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the production GT R and uses the same basic engine, but it’s been lightened and tuned and fitted with racing paraphernalia to meet the requirements and regulations of the international GT4 racing series.

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And it’s because of those regulations that the R-based GT4 makes the same kind of power as a GT S, 375 kW (510 hp) and a maximum torque of over 600 Nm. The motor is mated to a sequential six-speed competition gearbox (transaxle) from the GT3 version, and a differential that is adjustable from the outside is employed for competition. Safety features include rollcage of high-strength steel, screwed onto the aluminium spaceframe, carbon driver safety cell compatible with the HANS (Head And Neck Support), extrication hatch in the roof and a powerful fire extinguishing system.

Mercedes-AMG GT4 customer racing car will be handed over to the buyers at the end of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT4

Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is the company’s latest halo sports car and replaces the SLS AMG in the lineup. However, the [AMG GT is smaller than its predecessor and aimed at a slightly different market niche, having been developed as a competitor for the Porsche 911. The sports car was also used to introduce AMG’s brand-new engine, a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Launched in GT and GT S variations, the two-door gained higher performance GT R (coupe) and GT C (roadster) models, as well as a GT3-spec race car version in 2016. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a second race car based on the AMG GT, this time around in GT4 specification.

If you’re not familiar with the GT4 class, it’s a less powerful, more affordable version of GT3 and it’s mostly dedicated to amateur drivers. The cars are also equalized in order to allow driving skill to become key. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 was optimized for a wide range of championships, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge in the U.S., the Blancpain GT Series Asia in Asia and the Australian GT Trophy in Australia. In Germany, the VLN endurance racing championship, and the Nürburgring 24-hours are the series that will see new race car in action. The GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup are among the international GT4 series that Mercedes developed the AMG GT4 for.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT4.

PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

Let’s say you’ve got a solid six-figures burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re looking to get out on the track for a little turnin’ and burnin’. Sure, why not? But here’s the catch – whatever you bring to the pits has to make its way back home as well, and without a trailer to boot. Luckily, there are options aplenty these days that fit the bill, with a rash of barely street-legal track stars making headlines with ever-increasing levels of presence, poise, and performance. But which to pick?

Never fear, because we’ve got five of the best lined up for your reading enjoyment right here. Each can be driven on the street and each offers some modicum of comfort. However, the emphasis here is clear – speed, and loads of it, with apex-hungry suspension and tons of power under the right pedal. Restrictions for this list include a maximum of two doors and a price tag around $150,000, but we tried to stay flexible on that latter bit to keep things interesting. As such, we’ve included the Acura NSX, Audi R8, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, and Porsche 911 GT3. Which is your track-ready sports coupe of choice? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget the bench racing.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

It’s been known for quite some time now that Mercedes-AMG had its eye on releasing a four-door performance saloon that would compete against the popular Porsche Panamera. It took some time, but the car finally showed its face at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, albeit in concept guise. Called the AMG GT Concept, the four-door coupe was unveiled as a preview model for the upcoming production version that’s expected to arrive in the next few years.

The significance of the AMG GT Concept isn’t limited to the car simply being a production preview of the yet-to-be-named Panamera fighter. The model is also the latest in a growing family of AMG GT models that’s shaping AMG as a legitimate performance brand that’s slowly gaining independence from Mercedes-Benz. So yes, the AMG GT Concept is a big deal in a lot of ways, as it should be considering Mercedes has some claim to pioneering the performance the four-door saloon market when it first launched the CLS-Class back in 2004.

The times are sure different now as the segment has evolved into a pretty competitive one with the likes of the Porsche Panamera, BMW 7 Series, Maserati Quattroporte, and even the Tesla Model S all making legitimate claims for themselves as worthy options. But don’t sleep on Mercedes returning to form and reclaiming its top spot in this segment. It may do so under a different name, but rest assured, the AMG GT Concept, or at least the production version of it, is going to pick up the fight for the Silver Arrows once it arrives. We’re getting a good look at what we can expect from Mercedes-AMG; now we wait and see for the production model to arrive.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m

The secret about the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar came out a long time ago, and we even put together a rendering of it back in 2015. Since then, we’ve gotten little bits of information that included the prospect of F1 powertrain technology. It could be branded as an “EQ” model, and we’ve even seen what could have been a model of said hypercar in a press release in late January 2017. Now, we’re finally getting some more detailed information from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers via TopGear.com about the upcoming hypercar.

As we’ve already known, the car will use some F1-derived powertrain technology, but this will be the most direct iteration of F1 technology in a road-going rocket on wheels thus far. Mercedes-AMG is taking its 1.6-liter F1 engine, and transplanting it complete with an 11,000 rpm rev limit. It will use all of the same electric components as well, including the crank motor, split turbo, and electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and the battery that will power all of the electronics? Yup; that’s all F1 technology too. Moers declined to tell TopGear what kind of performance figures to expect, but word has it that it will output somewhere around 1,000 horsepower

As far as top speed and all of that goes, Moers isn’t that concerned, telling TG, “I’m not saying it’s the fastest road car ever, I’m not chasing top speed, I don’t want to put any numbers on the table.” The reasoning behind this is that Moers wants a car that can be driven on the road, so it won’t actually be track-focused: “My task is to make it a car you can use every day. You don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas, you don’t need anything, you just push the button, it fires up, and you drive away. That’s a challenge.”

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50

Special edition versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT have been popping up with increasing frequency recently, and the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is all set to host the latest one of them.

Fresh off of introducing the AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 at the North American International Auto Show last month, the German automaker is bringing the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50. It’s a limited-run version of the rear-wheel drive GT C Roadster and comprises Mercedes-AMG’s Geneva-bound, special edition offerings to celebrate the performance division’s 50th anniversary.

As you might expect, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 features plenty of exclusive features, including unique color and trim combinations to go with fancy individual design touches. Additionally, the limited-run sports car also gets an extended range of standard equipment, enough at least to justify it special edition status.

The exclusive features are also specific to what the limited edition car is celebrating. If you’re looking for a Mercedes vehicle that appropriately marks AMG’s 50th anniversary and has physical badges to prove it, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is as good a choice.

Sadly, the model will only be limited to 500 units, so those interested should be first to the reservation party. Once all 500 units are accounted for, Mercedes-AMG is very unlikely to add more units with the special edition status.

Orders of the car begin on March 6, 2017, with deliveries expected to commence a few months later in July 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Should Be Worried About Mercedes-AMG's GT4 Concept

It’s been no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s plans for its AMG performance division have blown up since the release of the well-received Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. The German automaker quickly turned that momentum into subsequent offerings, including the AMG GT S, GT R, and most recently, the GT C. Now AMG is drawing up plans to present a new AMG GT-badged model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and as many have anticipated, it’s going to be a concept version of the AMG GT4, a four-door performance saloon that will no doubt the shake up the established.

Did you hear that, Porsche? The Panamera now has a direct and legitimate rival. Brace yourselves then because this new rivalry could escalate really quickly.

It’s worth mentioning that plans for a four-door, Panamera-rivaling AMG model has been in the works for a few years now, even though AMG boss Tobias Moers said back in 2015 that such a model wouldn’t be feasible. Well, that didn’t stop our master rendering artist from cooking up a virtual version of the AMG GT4 – you can see that beauty in the photo above – and as it turns out, there was a lot more to the GT4 than Moers was letting on.

Now that we’re here, we can at least expect a few things to come out at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those things is the concept version of the AMG GT4, which Mercedes plans to debut at the show as part of AMG’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.

It’s not the only car that will be on Mercedes’ stand in Geneva, but it’s arguably the most important one as it sets the table for a production model that’s tipped to arrive in 2018, replacing the CLS Shooting Brake and challenging the Porsche Panamera for supremacy in that specific market.

Details aren’t expected until the auto show opens its doors, but there is strong indication that the Geneva-bound concept will look less like a concept and more like the four-seater production model that it’s going to end up being. For one, it’s going to be sharing a lot of styling cues and mechanical details with the AMG GT, albeit on a different platform from the one used by the sports car. According to Autocar, Merc will be using a modified version of its modular rear architecture for the GT4, the same platform currently used by the AMG C 63, E 63, and S 63 models. Lightweight materials are being lined up for the car, including aluminum and hot-formed high-strength steel.

The goal, it seems is to make the AMG GT4 a benchmark for luxury and performance in its segment, a status that the Panamera has held on to for the past few years.

Make no mistake about it; Mercedes-AMG isn’t messing around. Porsche needs to recognize that because once the AMG GT4 hits dealerships in 2018, one of its main objectives is to stare down its rival from Stuttgart and make it earn every accolade it’s going to get from now until the future.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.

Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.

For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.

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PostHeaderIcon Is Mercedes-AMG Already Expanding Its GT Lineup With A Performance Sedan?

Don’t look now, but it appears that Mercedes-AMG’s plan for the GT family of performance cars isn’t going to be limited to just two-door coupes. Now there’s talk of Mercedes-AMG finally bringing life to the long-rumored high-performance sedan that will compete directly with the Porsche Panamera.

The model is tentatively called the GT4 and no less than Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers stoked those flames by telling Motoring Australia that “all rumors are not necessarily wrong.”

Moers did stop short of actually confirming the existence of the GT4, but a number of different people have already dropped some details about the rumored sedan, including the likelihood of it being based on a modified version of Mercedes’ own MRA platform. The architecture is already being used on a handful of Mercedes models, including the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. A unique suspension layout is also rumored to be one of the GT4’s more defining characteristics, one that would differentiate it from the rest of the models under the Mercedes-AMG performance sub-brand.

The good news for Mercedes-AMG is there doesn’t appear to be any rush to bring the GT4 in the market. The model itself isn’t scheduled to make its debut until 2019. In the meantime, Moers pointed out that the development for the next-generation GT is already underway, leaving little time to work on other projects associated with the GT line, specifically the GT Black Series project.

“We are so fully loaded with work, expansion of the portfolio things like that,” Moers said. “So it (a Black Series) needs dedication to do such a car. The GT R was a lot of dedication. As you can imagine lifecycle-wise regarding next generation (GT) is something we are working on, so there must be room for us to do so. Maybe that is a self-fulfilling prophecy, expanding the portfolio, doing a lot of work, maybe that means we don’t have enough room to do a Black Series.”

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PostHeaderIcon Forza Horizon 3's New DLC Unleashes This Mercedes-AMG Supercar

One of the best things about owning a Mercedes-AMG GT R is the fact that you can enjoy all 577 horses sitting underneath that long, sloping hood. But like most cars, enjoying a car like the AMG GT R is also subject to weather conditions. It’s perfect to drive on a sunny day with clear skies, but not so much during the frigid winter season. Fortunately, we can now tuck our actual GT R’s inside their garages and still enjoy driving one during the cold season, thanks in large part to Forza Horizon 3’s new Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion.

You’ll probably remember Turn 10 Studios & Playground Games introduce the Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion for $19.99 last month. Turns out, the developers had a surprise up its sleeve because the new DLC actually has more things in store for gamers on top of racing on a “frozen lake.” The pack also includes a number of races and winter weather challenges, all of which are set in the vicinity of the fictitious Blizzard Mountain. Gamers can also use the AMG GT R in the new Snow Drift bucket list challenge where Mercedes-AMG’s range-topping GT model needs to complete a smattering total of 50 drift skills on ice and snow in under four minutes. Seems like a good challenge for the Mercedes-AMG GT R, right?

The AMG GT R may not be an ideal car to use in real-life winter conditions. But in the video game world that is Forza Horizon 3 where the name of the game is going full tilt racing on cars like the GT R, there’s no amount of snow or ice that’s going to stop gamers like myself from pushing that pedal to the floor. And if you’re not down with that, well, this new video of the AMG GT R going through the paces in the game to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers should be enough to get your juices going.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been on the market for less than two and a half years as of January 2017, but it has already spawned six different versions, not including cars built specifically for the race track. The latest to join the family is the AMG GT C Coupe, which was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz also announced various updates to the standard AMG GT models.

Essentially a coupe version of the AMG GT C Roadster that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the GT C Coupe bridges the gap between the GT S, which is the second most powerful model in the lineup, and the hardcore GT R. Features that set it apart from the entry level versions include sportier elements front and rear and a revised hood among other minor revisions on the outside.

Drivetrain-wise, the AMG GT C is significantly more powerful than the GT S and not too far from what the track-prepped GT R can deliver. All told, the GT C Coupe expands the AMG GT lineup even further, in what appears to be an attempt to match the extremely varied 911 offerings available from Porsche. It remains to be seen whether Merc will make it in this tight and difficult niche, but the AMG GT C is a good start.

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