For Sale: 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG in Anaheim, California

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If theres one thing thats not in short supply at AMG, its confidence. Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMGs chairman and CEO, told us in no uncertain terms to compare the latest version of the brands sports car, the GT R , against the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Our car is faster, he said. And when we asked where, the reply was as abrupt as it was unequivocal: Everywhere. Of course, the 4.0-liter GT3 RS is, unfortunately, no longer an active concern: Despite a few examples that remain on dealer lots, it exists only in the past tense. Its also considerably less powerful and hundreds of pounds lighter than the track-focused GT R. But those differences dont stop it from being one of the best track cars ever produced, possibly even the very best. These, then, are fighting words. Dont confuse the GT R as a GT S model with its boost cranked up. This is a comprehensive revision to make an already fast car even faster in every way. And it works. The full depth of the revamp became evident on our ride with five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider around the Algarve International Circuit near Portimo, Portugal. A freakish blend of blind crests, off-camber torture turns, and vanishing braking zones, Portimo isnt a beginners racetrack. But its Schneiders unconventional technique that lets the car shine. ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW Entering an off-camber 180-degree left, he smashes the brake pedal with his left foot. With the car writhing for longitudinal grip, he cranks the wheel in a seemingly vain attempt to dive toward the apex. But, somehow, it works. ABS working overtime, and with his right foot still partially into the throttle to improve response, the GT R turns. As the apex nears, Schneider releases the brake and pins the throttle, relying on the GT Rs advanced traction control to deliver torque to the ground. There is no subtlety here. No consideration is given to separating braking and steering inputs. Rather, this is a full-commitment reliance on technology. And to do so requires stones . The GT R delivers the former. The latter are up to you. Schneider, who steps in only for high-level track development at AMG, reveals a level of progress weve not seen elsewhere. The left-foot braking and brake/throttle overlap abilities baked into the GT Rs powertrain- and stability-control calibration demonstrates that the team at AMG isnt just fooling around with track driving. Theyre seeking speed, convention be damned. Revised V-8 AMG is a longtime purveyor of excess horsepower, but its greatest strength still lies in its engines, however, here taking the form of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. At 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, the GT Rs dry-sump powerplant produces 74 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the GT S model. Boost, which increases from 17.4 to 19.6 psi, is a big part of that equation. A drop in compression from 10.5:1 to 9.5:1 helps accommodate the boost increase. The two BorgWarner turbos housed in the engines valley get bigger compressor wheels, and the cylinder heads exhaust ports are milled to improve flow. But the engine changes are just the beginning. ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW The transmission remains the same basic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic used in the GT and GT S models. Its a relatively compact transaxle that incorporates an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and is located between the rear wheels. In the GT R, however, its ratios are altered; first gear is taller, seventh is shorter, and the final drive is shorter as well, changing to 3.88:1 versus the GT Ss 3.67:1 ratio. The result overall is a taller first gearthe goal was that it could now be used in tight cornersand shorter ratios in second through seventh. Stealing a trick from Porsche, AMG cuts fuel delivery while keeping the throttles open to avoid stalling the turbos when the driver lifts off the accelerator. The transmission bangs between gears with zero hesitation and satisfying popping sounds on downshifts. Lightweight Tech Considerable expenditure was made to lighten the GT R through the use of advanced materials. However, the addition of proprietary hardware such as movable aerodynamic elements and rear-wheel steering diminish the net reduction to a claimed 33 pounds. Expect the GT R to hit the scales at about 3650 poundsnot light for a car toeing the line with the best from Weissach. Its not for lack of effort. The roof, rear wing (which is manually adjustable), automatic front splitter, rear diffuser, and front fenders are carbon fiber, as are three underbody braces. The torque tube connecting the engine and transaxle is a one-piece carbon-fiber unit that saves 17.6 pounds over the aluminum part in the GT S. Carbon-ceramic brake rotors (15.8 inches front, 14.2 inches rear) with six-piston front calipers are optional. Flaps in the lower grille automatically open and close to alter cooling and change the GT Rs aero profile but also add weight, cost, and complexity. Even so, at 124 mph, there is neither aerodynamic lift nor downforce in front, and the car produces 110 pounds of downforce on the rear axle. High-speed stability, which eases the driving task, was a key goal according to Moers. Those carbon front fenders accommodate a 1.8-inch-wider front track while the rear increases 2.3 inches. Forged wheels increase one inch in width relative to the GT S (19 by 10 inches in front, 20 by 12 at the rear). Confirming its status as a track special are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the same rubber available on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, although in both cases this French rubber is custom-tuned to its application.

Vehicle Details

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG
  • Listing ID:CC-1532184
  • Price:$173,900
  • Location:Anaheim, California
  • Year:2018
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:AMG
  • Exterior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:15957
  • Stock Number:013354

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