Rumor: Mercedes-AMG Will Only Produce 2,000 GT R Coupes
When Mercedes-Benz finally revealed the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, automotive enthusiasts from around the world couldn’t get to their checkbooks quick enough to order one of these new eye-catching sport coupes.
Now, in a surprise twist, Autocar has reported that company executives have informed its publication that production of the new GT R could be limited to just 2,000 units, which wasn’t previously announced when the car was first introduced back in June.
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The exact pricing of the new GT R has also yet to be announced, but news of this possible production limit is sure to excite those enthusiasts who have already placed their order. In the few short weeks since the Mercedes-AMG GT R officially debuted, it has been announced by movie director Michael Bay that a new GT R will be featured in the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight film. In addition, Formula One racecar driver Lewis Hamilton has expressed interest in developing a special-edition LH version of the GT R, but that doesn’t appear to be happening any time soon.
In case you haven’t already heard, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that pumps out 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The motor will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and this powertrain will give the GT R the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Given the performance capabilities of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Mercedes expects most of these vehicles to be driven at the track more than on public roadways, despite the fact this vehicle is street-legal.
If Mercedes does indeed limit the production of this coupe, it wouldn’t be the first time a German automaker announced a new sports car, only to reveal that it’s a limited production model after the fact. Porsche did exactly this with its Cayman GT4, which will end production after 2,500 cars are created, according to CarScoops.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R will become available in 2017 as a 2018 model year vehicle.
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News Sources: Autocar, CarScoops