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You've seen this car before. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R made its first official public appearance on June 24 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. You probably recognize the GT R by its impossible-to-miss color, which is called AMG Green Hell Magno (no, not mango). But this awesome AMG just made its first visit to North America in California as part of Monterey Car Week. What better reason could there be to dredge it back up to the surface with a live image gallery?

At the heart of the GT R is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. There are a host of changes versus more mundane AMG GTs to make the R worthy of its badge, all culminating in a 0-60 run of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 198 miles per hour. But numbers are only part of the story – the AMG GT R was developed on the Nürburgring and is chock full of technology derived from Mercedes' various motorsport operations. Put another way, it's intended to be fast on race tracks; street performance is a secondary concern.

But what we're focusing on here are the Mercedes-AMG GT R's stunning good looks. Getting past the searingly bright color, check out all the carbon fiber aero bits that combine to create an additional 342 pounds of downforce at the car's top speed when compared to the standard AMG GT. Wheels measure 19 inches in the front and 20 at the rear, and there are massive brake discs peeking from inside. It all adds up to an almost impossibly aggressive vehicle. Check it out in the high-res image gallery in link attached

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R makes US debut looking hellish in green - Autoblog
 

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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R will go on sale in the U.S. sometime in mid 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to that time, but expect the GT R to cost significantly more than the $132,125 (including destination) base price of a 2017 GT S. Expect to spend a lot more on tires too.
 

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still cheaper than the boxy 190.:grin::grin:

This barely legal Mercedes 190 costs more than an AMG GT S.



After a 25-year lockout, American roads will very soon become subjected to a new level of Euro-racing terror. This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Evo 2 has just passed the magic 25-year-old mark, meaning it may be the first of its kind to legally be imported into the United States. While the 190E 2.3 Cosworth was sold in the U.S. in 1986 and 1987, the Evo 2, a car directly derived from Benz’s DTM racer, was never sold here. The Evo 2 was introduced in 1990 and had a number of cosmetic and mechanical changes including a wild-for-its-time aerodynamics package, an in-car adjustable suspension, improved brakes, bigger 17-inch wheels, and a reworked AMG 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 235 horsepower. About 500 streetgoing Evo 2s were made, and all production models were available only in black. Racing versions went on to be very competitive in the DTM racing series and battled head-to-head against the best from BMW and Audi, including the E30 BMW M3 Evo.



The $205,000 price tag is something of a shocker, however. Non-Evo versions of the 190E Cosworth can be found for a fraction of that price. Evidently, if you want to be the first on your block—or maybe in the country—with this rare machine, it’s gonna cost.

BTW the Evo just went up in price

Mercedes Benz 190 Series 190E 2 5 16 Evolution II | eBay
 
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