Mercedes-AMG models are known for their exceptional performance. But, none have come close to that of the “Beast of the Green Hell.” The Mercedes-AMG GT R has set the fastest-ever lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the world’s toughest race track which is nicknamed the “Green Hell.”
One lap on the Nordschleife tests all aspects of performance for a sports car and the “Beast” stepped up to the challenge. The Mercedes-AMG GT R was able to complete one lap in only 7 minutes and 10.9 seconds, a time never made by any sports car not just Mercedes-Benz models.
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Why is the Nürburgring Nordschleife track called the “Green Hell”
Completed in 1927 after two years of construction, the Nürburgring Nordschleife has been dubbed the world’s toughest race track by racers and spectators alike. In the opening race, Sir John Young Jakie Stewart called it the “Green Hell” and the name has stuck with it ever since. The track is 12.94 miles (20.832 km) long and features tight corners, a variety of road surfaces, steep inclines and gradients and dangerous crests.
- 73 Turns
- 33 Left Turns
- 40 Right Turns
- 17 Percent Max Gradient
- 11 Percent Max Slope
- 98.43 Change in Elevation
- 20 Named Sections
The “Beast of the Green Hell”
Bringing to Mercedes-Benz racing a new level of performance, the Mercedes-AMG GT R was practically designed to be the best on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. A significant amount of the performance model’s development time was spent on the track. As each test lap was run, modifications and fine tuning were done to the model’s 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, suspension, aerodynamics, steering, tires and more to maximize its performance.
- 4.0L V8 biturbo Engine
- 577 Horsepower
- 502 lb.ft. Of Torque
- 0-60 Acceleration: 3.5 Seconds
- 19-inch Front, 20-inch Rear Aluminum Wheels
- AMG Panamericana Grille
- Adjustable AMG Coil-Over Suspension
- AMG Dynamic Plus Package
- Active Rear-Wheel Steering
The color of the Mercedes-AMG GT R even matches its “Green Hell” designation with a bright green body color. For more information on the “Beast of the Green Hell” contact our team at Mercedes-Benz of Wilmington. The model is set to be released in the summer of 2017.