You’ve seen this car before. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R made itsfirst official public appearance on June 24 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. You probably recognize the GT R by its impossible-to-miss color, which is called AMG Green Hell Magno (no, not mango). But this awesome AMG just made its first visit to North America in California as part of Monterey Car Week. What better reason could there be to dredge it back up to the surface with a live image gallery?
At the heart of the GT R is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. There are a host of changes versus more mundane AMG GTs to make the R worthy of its badge, all culminating in a 0-60 run of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 198 miles per hour. But numbers are only part of the story – the AMG GT R was developed on the Nürburgring and is chock full of technology derived from Mercedes’ various motorsport operations. Put another way, it’s intended to be fast on race tracks; street performance is a secondary concern.
But what we’re focusing on here are the Mercedes-AMG GT R’s stunning good looks. Getting past the searingly bright color, check out all the carbon fiber aero bits that combine to create an additional 342 pounds of downforce at the car’s top speed when compared to the standard AMG GT. Wheels measure 19 inches in the front and 20 at the rear, and there are massive brake discs peeking from inside. It all adds up to an almost impossibly aggressive vehicle. Check it out in the high-res image gallery above.