The Mercedes-AMG GT R is now officially the fastest rear-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Nürburgring, setting a 7min 10.92sec time that beats the previous record by more than six tenths of a second.
This is the fastest time ever set by a rear-wheel drive road car. The only road cars to post a quicker time are the Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce and Nissan GT-R Nismo.
The time was set by German automotive magazine Sport Auto.
The Mercedes-AMG was revealed at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and features unique active aerodynamics, rear-wheel steering, modified suspension and lightweight forged wheels shod with cup tyres over the regular GT.
Its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine has had its output raised to 430kW and 700Nm – compared to 375kW and 650Nm found in the GT S – and is now capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz has slated the GT R to hit local showrooms sometime in 2017 with pricing expected to sit about $400,000. It is expected to do battle with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS for the mantle of the fiercest road going racers.