Monday, November 16, 2020

MB Club Weekend - Green Monster


Rhonda and  AMG GT R Coupe
This month my Mercedes Benz Club met at the Ft Pierce Mercedes Benz dealership.  They went all out to make us feel welcome. Tours were provided, swag bags and the details of the upcoming 2021 product line. There was a good turnout of about 20 members and social distance and mask were the precautions of the day.  

The highlight of my morning was seeing and touching a new SL AMG GT R Coupe in Green Hell Magno.  This is a special edition vehicle with many race/street legal features. This is a super car by all standards.  Mercedes web site describes it this way:

From the world’s most demanding racetrack directly onto the road: Never before has Mercedes‑AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 430 kW/585 hp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience. Even from afar, the exclusive “AMG green hell magno” special paintwork leaves no doubt as to the sports car’s origin, having spent most of its development time in the “Green Hell” of the Nurburgring racetrack. Wider front and rear wings allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. The new front fascia with active elements, the large rear aerofoil and the new rear fascia with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip. The lightweight forged wheels shod with cup tyres as standard are likewise designed for maximum driving dynamics. The same applies to other new features such as the active rear-wheel steering, the nine-way adjustable traction control system and the adjustable coil-over suspension with additional electronic control. What is more, the new AMG Panamericana grille emphasizes the unique standing of the AMG GT R. Its characteristic form with vertical fins celebrated its world première on the Mercedes‑AMG GT3 customer-sport racing car and now for the first time features on an AMG production vehicle.

The third member of the AMG GT family is the new spearhead of the AMG model range. Featuring pioneering technologies, the AMG GT R was designed with racetrack use firmly in mind. Its development was largely based on vast motor-racing experience in AMG GT3 customer sport and the German Touring Car Masters. Figures such as 3.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and a top speed of 318 km/h, (197 mph) combined with the outstanding driving dynamics, will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack. The new exclusive colour “AMG green hell magno” alone establishes a visual link to the “Green Hell”, the nickname for the legendary “North Loop” of the Nurburgring, emphasizing that the car’s roots are firmly embedded in the racetrack


If you must ask, north of $175,000 US.  Check out the other key components and build/order  your own at MB USA. When you come to Florida to pick it up, I want a lap at the track.  It was fun day with a group of automotive enthusiast.


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