Mercedes-Benz has announced Australian pricing details for its performance flagship Mercedes-AMG GT R coupe ahead of the car’s July arrival.
Compared to the GT S, which has been on sale in Australia for almost two years, the more powerful GT R will command a $50,000 premium over the ‘regular’ model starting from $349,000 plus on-road costs.
The extra spend buys a more powerful 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, revised suspension, improved aerodynamics and the addition of four-wheel steering.
The engine has been re-tuned to develop 430kW of power (up from 375kW in the GT S) and is able to propel the GT R from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 318km/h.
The suspension is stiffer and the front and rear tracks have been widened with larger wheels and tyres which, along with the four-wheel steering, further improves the car's road holding.
The GT R offers a unique nine-stage traction control system, which has been developed with direct input from the GT3 racing series. With this, the driver can select precisely how much slip the car generates from the rear-end before the electronics intervene to bring it back in to line.
Active aerodynamics are used to generate extra downforce at high speeds while reducing drag at lower speeds to aid fuel consumption.
Mercedes-Benz Australia will reveal full specifications and options available for the GT R closer to its mid-year launch.
Overseas model shown
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