Mercedes-AMG has introduced the GT R, which is essentially a track-ready, toned-down and street legal version of the GT3 race car that competes in FIA-sanctioned events globally.
The AMG GT R is positioned above the standard GT and the GT S and is distingue by aerodynamic enhancements that include deeper front bumper with a splitter, a large rear spoiler, and a massive diffuser built into the rear bumper.
Its grille pays tribute to the iconic 300 SL race car that won the 1952 Panamerica race and is complimented by a body painted in a specific shade of green called AMG green hell magno, a clear homage to Germany’s famed Nürburgring race track.
The AMG GT R is approximately 200 pounds lighter than the GT S, thanks to the generous use of lightweight materials. The front fenders, the roof panel and the driveshaft, in particular, are all crafted out of carbon fiber and are complimented by lightweight forged wheels and the elimination of a lot of sound-deadening material.
The car’s underbody boasts a carbon component that moves down by about 1.6 inches whenever in Race mode and driving at speeds of above 50 mph (80 km/h), creating a Venturi effect that keeps it suctioned to the road by reducing lift on the front axle.
The increased downforce provides a sharper, more dynamic drive than the stock AMG GT, especially on a track.
Under the hood, the AMG GT R packs an evolution of the regular GT’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, tuned to produce 577 horsepower (74 more than the GT S) at 6,250 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque from 1,900 to 5,500 rpm.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission transmits all that power to the rear wheels, allowing it to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.5 seconds on route to a top speed of nearly 200 mph. The sport exhaust system is made from titanium and thin steel.
Other performance highlights include an adjustable coil-over suspension and a rear-wheel steering system that, in an effort to increase stability, turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction as the front ones at low speeds and in the same direction at high speeds.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R arrives in North America (United States and Canada) in summer 2017. Would you write a cheque for one?
Next-Gen Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Officially Confirmed
The redesigned sports cars could ride on Toyota’s TNGA architecture.
Subaru and Toyota have announced that they are deepening their partnership, which will result in a successor to the BRZ and 86 sports cars.
“To deepen their relationship and to strengthen their ties toward advancing to the next stage while respecting the identity of each other’s brand, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will increase its equity stake in Subaru and that Subaru will acquire shares in Toyota,” joint statement stated.
The Japanese automakers did not provide specifics about what they are working on, but rumors suggest the two coupes could be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA architecture and source power from a variation of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine.
In addition to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, the partnership will also see the companies team up on all-wheel drive vehicles and more Subaru hybrid vehicles, and cooperate on autonomous driving tech.
Notably, Toyota has grown its ownership stake to a minimum of 20-percent voting rights, with Subaru “foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota.”
In related news, Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has hinted that the next-generation 86 will drive better than the new Supra.
Next-Gen Toyota 86 Will Have Better Handling Than Supra
A new 86 is coming, and it has the lofty aspiration of driving better than the Supra.
Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that a next-generation 86 sports coupe is under development.
Speaking to Australia’s , the engineer noted that the Japanese automaker has put together “a new 86 team” and has an ambitious goal of building a better-handling sports car than the more expensive Supra.
“We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra,” he said. “That is what the customer expects.”
Toyota has yet to provide any concrete details on the next Toyota 86 and, by extension, its Subaru BRZ twin, but rumors suggest it could be powered by Subaru’s 2.4-liter engine borrowed from the Ascent, perhaps producing around 230 horsepower if naturally aspirated or 260 horses with a turbocharger.
Other reports claim the two sports car will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform rather Subaru’s new Global Platform, which can’t support a rear-wheel drive model, or possibly even on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform.
What do you hope to see from the second-generation Toyota 86?
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.