2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Review: Will This Be A Hit Among People Who Prefer Non-Autonomous Driving? [VIDEO]

Dec 19, 2016 05:56 AM EST | Leonora Puno

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R has been made faster than its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG GT S, with its 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, which means that it has 74 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the GT S. It is bigger than the GT S, but the slight bulkiness is compensated for by the lightweight materials, which reduce its weight and increase its speed.

When the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R was first driven by 5-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider, the car was observed to easily tackle the blind crests, difficult turns, and breaking zones that seemed to disappear. The first drive was done in Algarve International Circuit, a beginner's race track close to Portimao, Portugal. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R made a spectacular performance and it shone with the help of Schneider's driving technique, according to Car and Driver.

The balance achieved by the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R as it gobbled the torturous track was attributed to its Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 that seemed to stick to the road and the bigger and more expensive breaks. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R was also equipped with modified compression ratio, new turbo chargers, and higher boost pressure, according to Auto Blog.

With the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, the driver is offered several driving modes. For those who want to experience what it's like driving a racecar, the driver can hit the "Race" mode and the car will start sprinting forward at an exhilarating speed. Once the red dial appears, the car goes at a crazy speed and the driver is left to his own devices, according to The Globe and Mail.

The moniker "AMG Green Hell Mango" is apt to the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, a powerful track car that is expected catapult to the top once it reaches the market in 2017.

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