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Mercedes-AMG GT R prototype confirmed to be a track-focused ‘Clubsport’ model

Jordan Katsianis
29 Mar 2018

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is due to receive a ‘Clubsport’ pack to sharpen its on-track capability

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The mysterious Mercedes-AMG GT R prototype recently seen pounding around the Nürburgring has been confirmed to be a ‘Clubsport’ package, by AMG boss Tobias Moers. Built in addition to a forthcoming Black Series, the Clubsport package should mimic the Weissach package available on Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS, adding subtle aero and mechanical tweaks for improved on-track performance, rather than a distinct new model.

‘Price-wise and positioning-wise, our GT R is between 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS,’ Moers said.

‘And so far we have been doing well in comparison tests conducted on race tracks. But we’re also working a little bit on a GT R… something. It’ll be a bit more race track-oriented. It’s lightened a little bit, but it’s more of a trackday version, for fun on circuits. We’re not talking about a competition car – not a GT3 or a GT4, but more a ‘Clubsport’. We’re having a good look at that.’

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Despite Moers referring to the car as Clubsport, or Club Sport, there’s no official confirmation on what the model will be called. A Mercedes spokesman denied all knowledge of the vehicle when contacted for clarification.

The most obvious change on the spied prototype is a new front bumper, featuring a much larger splitter, complete with supporting uprights, and canards mounted on either side of the outer intakes. The extra downforce produced on the front axle is then balanced out with a larger rear wing – the rear diffuser looks untouched.

The standard AMG GT R’s M178 4-litre V8 twin-turbo engine produces 577bhp, some 53bhp down on AMG’s new GT63 S  4-Door, so we expect AMG to lift the power figure to somewhere in the region of 600bhp. Weight should also take a tumble, thanks to extended use of carbon components and a possible adoption of thinner glazing.

This Clubsport model will not be the most extreme GT to come out in the foreseeable future, though, with a GT R ‘Black Series’ rumoured to be in the works for later in 2020. This model should follow the template set by previous Black Series cars, including a generous bump in power, twinned with a wider body and even more track-focused suspension calibration.

 

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