As one of the most successful AMG Certified dealers in the country, Mercedes-Benz of Tampa was host to Mercedes-AMG's latest supercar. Last night, the AMG GT R was the centerpiece of an invitation only event. Prospective buyers were able to interact with the car with AMG specialists to better understand its abilities. The most obvious departure from previous models is the revised front end.
(Related: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Stuns in Chantilly)[soliloquy id="107600"] With larger turbos resting inboard of the 4.0L V8, more cooling capacity is needed. Almost 20 psi of forced induction along with a more aggressive exhaust allow the car to offer 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. A 2015 SLS AMG (6.2L V8) was placed in the background for comparison. The new car makes 7 less horsepower but 37 more pound-feet of torque. More torque from a much smaller engine is just one of the ways the GT R is more efficient. Extensive use of carbon fiber body panels includes the roof, rocker panels, and a full length belly pan. The body is almost 2" wider than the GT S, which allows for more aggressive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. [soliloquy id="107588"] A new traction control system is exclusive to this model has 9 distinct modes controlled by an F1 style knob on the center console. Race ready seats with deep bolsters are built to accept a 5-point harness along with enough padding for a weekend cruise. With a top speed of 198 mph, the new AMG GT R is lighter and faster than its predecessor. A big thank you to Bob Murray and his team for allowing us to be part of this event, so stay with us for updates as the production models begin arriving. In the meantime be sure to check out the full lineup of new AMG models in their inventory.