Mercedes-AMG GT R set to cost £143k
It only costs a few thousand pounds less than a Porsche 911 Turbo S, (but a significant more than a 911 GT3 RS) does the non-green Mercedes-AMG GT R. Yes, the prices have been announced for the GT Roadster and GT R editions, and the big news is that the range topping GT R, starts at £143,245.
For this, you’re getting a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with 577bhp, 516lb ft of torque and a good grunt of engine noise. It goes from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and – if you’re interested – 24.8mpg. Inside are bucket seats, a roof made from carbonfibre, an all new bodykit, an AMG performance exhaust, and a rear wing.
For those desiring the ‘green hell magno paint’ as featured in the picture above, it’ll cost you (sit down if easily shocked) a modest £7,500 extra and if you want carbon ceramics, another £5,995.
On the other hand, the AMG GT Roadster (469bhp) starts at £110,145, whereas the more potent AMG GT C Roadster (569bhp) begins at £139,445. The latter costs ten grand more than an Audi R8 Spyder, and despite offering more in the way of power compared to the Audi, accelerates to 62mph a tenth of a second slower than the Spyder (3.7 seconds versus 3.6 seconds). The Audi also comes complete with a V10 – the AMG doesn’t.
Saying all that, numbers aren’t everything, and only a fool would deny that AMG aren’t on a roll at the moment. We’ll have to see how the Roadster performs when driven before we make a judgement on which one’s king of the road.