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?
Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day
Saint Patrick approves! Your friends will be green with envy at your.
To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Ford has introduced several new exterior colors for the 2020 Mustang, including Grabber Lime.
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will also be offered with the high-impact green hue, complete with a metallic finish that causes the shade to change depending on sunlight. It draws inspiration from vintage Mustang colors of the 1970s is said to look more potent than kryptonite.
We think it suits the Shelby GT500 just fine, seeing as it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle to date. A supercharged 5.2 liter V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower helps it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.
“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”
Grabber Lime is just one of the new colors added to the 2020 Mustang lineup, with Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic being the others. Their addition is part of broader set of updates for Ford’s popular sixth generation muscle car.
New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed
As much of a king the GT500 is, it won’t be the king of speed.
The is the most powerful road-going car ever made by Ford, but it’s not the fastest. A factory-installed speed limiter restricts its top speed.
Car and Driver was able to learn that the Blue Oval’s ultimate pony car will be quipped with a governor that limits top speed to 180 mph (290 km/h), meaning it won’t go as fast as top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3 second range and cover the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Engineers likely chose to improve handling at the expense of top speed, tweaking aerodynamics for maximum downforce and fine-tuning the suspension and steering.
We think driving enthusiasts will have a thrilling experience at reasonable speeds.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you have an issue with its top speed?
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.