AMG GT R conquers the Mountain
A Mercedes-AMG GT R has posted a new lap record for a production car at Bathurst’s famous Mount Panorama circuit.
Making its Aussie debut in the hands of factory driver Bernd Schneider, the AMG GT R lapped the 6.2km circuit in just 2 minutes 16.5 seconds in the second of two officially timed manufacturer demonstration sessions ahead of the 2017 LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hour Race.
The time eclipses the previous record of 2min 24.03sec, set by Schneider in 2015 driving a Mercedes-AMG GT S.
“I love the GT R. I knew it would be a fast car, but it really feels at home here at Mount Panorama,” Schneider said.
During the session, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S sedan, piloted by AMG factory driver Maro Engel posted a lap of 2min 29.7sec – believed to be the fastest lap ever for a production sedan.
Benz o supplies two AMG C 63 S sedans to the LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hour Race for use as Safety Cars.
The Bathurst conquering GT R goes on sale in July with the record-setting model priced from a recommended $349,000.
It packs a twin-turbo V8 with 430kW of power and 700Nm of torque, and can blast from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds – with a top speed of 318km/h.
Wider front and rear wings allow a wider track width ensuring optimum grip and higher cornering speeds.
A new front apron with active elements, large rear aerofoil and new rear apron with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency.
Other new features include active rear wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control system and adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control.
Watch Bernd Schneider tackle Mount Panorama to set a new production car lap record around Australia’s most iconic race track: https://www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzAU/videos/1335027353239221/