Mercedes-AMG sets

new Ring record

Mercedes-AMG GT 63, 2018, Nurbiurgring lap record, front
Mercedes-AMG GT 63, 2018, Nurbiurgring lap record

A NEW lap record for a four seat production car has been set in the ‘Green Hell' of the Nurburgring in Germany by a Mercedes-AMG GT 63.

The super sports coupe completed a lap of the legendary Nordschleife in seven minutes 25.41 seconds beating the previous record time held by a BMW M4 by some 2.4 seconds.

However, the Mercedes-AMG is still some way off the seven minutes 21.23 seconds time set by a limited production run Jaguar XE SV Project 8 in 2017.

The GT 63 was driven by AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert, a former racing driver who has been involved in proving the car's performance at the track - regarded as the toughest proving ground in the world.

With 639 horsepower on tap from a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine, the new AMG GT 63 Coupe has a 0 to 60 time of 3.2 seconds and tops out at 197mph.

It has a nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive and officially is rated at 25mpg with CO2 emissions of 257g/km.

Prices for the four-door coupe start at £121,350 with the ultra-high performance S models costing from £135,550.

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