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.