Mercedes-AMG has been building up to the launch of its 2018 GT R Coupe with enthusiasm generated on the part of the automaker and fans alike. With a 4.0-liter biturbocharged V8 making 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the Nürburgring-developed supercar has the engineering chops to make that power useful in more than just a flat, straight line. It’s also going to look impressive in the garages of the owners who are willing to pay the price, which the automaker has just announced. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe will start at $157,995.
The GT R asks a price premium of $24,600 over the 503-hp GT S, and $44,600 over the base GT Coupe. At 3,428 pounds, the GT R accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Power is routed to the rear wheels through an AMG seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its unique coil-over suspension helps keep it stable on irregular pavement. Rear-axle steering turns the rear wheels up to 1.5 degrees to guide the car around corners, and its new AMG Traction Control system provides nine different, driver-selectable input levels to match the skill set of the person behind the wheel.
When we had the chance to sample the GT R Coupe late last year, we found it to be a lot more than just a bunch of grunt in an aggressive looking package. It is, rather, a well-tuned supercar capable of serving drivers with a fairly broad range of talents and skill levels. If that sounds good to you, start saving those pennies. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe goes on sale in the US this summer.