Mercedes-AMG GT R claims rear-wheel-drive Nürburgring record with 7:10.92 run

Numerous prototypes for the Mercedes-AMG GT R were flung around the Nürburgring as part of the car’s development program—and it appears all that hard testing paid off.

The car is shockingly fast, as evidenced by this video from the good folks at Sport Auto. Test driver Christian Gebhardt took the GT R around the Nürburgring in 7:10.92, which makes it the fastest rear-wheel-drive production model around the ‘Ring.

The GT R’s closest rival, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, now seems downright pedestrian with its 7:20 time. The only cars faster are the Porsche 918 Spyder (6:57), Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce (6:59.73) and Nissan GT-R (7:08.68). Of course, those faster cars benefit from the extra traction of all-wheel drive.

Fitted to the car were its stock Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and if you watch the video they provide plenty of grip throughout—even as the car hits 302 kmh (187.6 mph) down the straight.

If you’d like to sample it yourself, the car is due in showrooms in the summer of 2017. It arrives as a 2018 model.

It features the same drivetrain as the rest of AMG’s GT sports car lineup but its peak output has been dialed up to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. New suspension plus a much wider track has been installed and there’s no missing all the added aerodynamic elements. Another key mod is a four-wheel-steering system.

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