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.