First Drive

Mercedes-AMG GT R 2017 verdict and spec

We try the 'beast of the Green Hell’ (aka the Mercedes-AMG GT R) for the first time on UK roads. Does this V8 monster justify its Β£143,000 price tag?

Words ByWill Nightingale

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Should I buy one?

Arguably, the whole point of a supercar is to make you feel good and other people jealous. And few cars do that better than the Mercedes-AMG GT R; you’ll simply never tire of the noise it makes or that savage acceleration, and everyone you drive past will turn green (quite literally, if you choose this colour) with envy.

But the GT R is more than just a straight-line drag racer that relentlessly shouts "Look at me". It’s also really grippy, especially through fast, sweeping corners, helping to explain that astonishingly quick time around the NΓΌrburgring. It’s even surprisingly easy to live with, once you’ve got used to the ridiculously long bonnet and the fiddly infotainment system.

For us, though, the cheaper McLaren 540C and Audi R8 are more agile and engaging choices. Both will prove faster down a typical tight and twisty British country lane and, more importantly, both will put a bigger grin on your face in the process. The GT R isn’t the best supercar in the world, then, but boy is it desirable.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Audi R8

McLaren 540C


Mercedes-AMG GT R

Engine size 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8

Price Β£143,245

Power 577bhp

Torque 516lb ft

0-62mph 3.6sec

Top speed 198mph

Gov't economy (official combined) 24.8mpg

CO2/BIK band 259g/km/37%

Insurance group 50

Airbags 2

Doors 2

Seats 2

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