WHEN THE bosses at AMG told Mercedes that they’d like permission to build a new green machine, it’s likely that the coffee and biscuits would have been sprayed across the boardroom table. But once the new GT R supercar was wheeled into the room, everything would have become clear – and very green.
This is the new, ultra-high performance version of Mercedes-AMG’s GT. Called the R, it is positively loaded with technology, bristling and power and promises to be a rare and sought-after machine when it goes on sale in November. But the most contentious talking point is likely to be the Kermit-green paintwork.
Mercedes-AMG says it has chosen the colour to reflect the car’s breeding – not with a frog, but at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the daunting 14 mile race track that was nicknamed The Green Hell by Jackie Stewart, the British three time Formula One World Champion.
The paintwork is called “AMG green hell magno” and the German company makes no apologies for choosing the sort of colour that will do little good for a passers-by suffering a hangover.
Flagship of the Mercedes-AMG GT range, the R will compete with the likes of the Audi R8 Plus, Jaguar F-type SVR and Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It’s likely to cost around £140,000, and will be followed in time by an even more extreme version, called the GT R Black Series.
The only thing it doesn’t appear to come with is an annual pass to drive at the Nürburgring.
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