If you’re not one of Michael Bay’s 62,000-plus Twitter followers, you might have missed the recent news shared by the producer that the Autobots have picked up a new warrior. Meet the latest reincarnation of "Drift," skinned as a 2018 Mercedes AMG GT R for the fifth installment of the hit movie franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight. The new flick doesn’t hit theaters until early next year. But we’ve dug up 9 details on the production model that convinces us that the AMG GT R is more than ready to do battle as an Autobot.
Birthed to take on the feared Nürburgring racing circuit known as the “Green Hell,” the new Mercedes AMG GT R is essentially a more racetrack-bred model of the Mercedes AMG GT S, which is already a feared machine.
Although it appears that the AMG GT R that’s set to star in Transformers: The Last Knight will be dressed in black with red accents, the debut production model is painted in “AMG Green Hell Mango,” a color that pays homage to the place that inspired Mercedes’ new beast.
The more menacing face of the GT R features the new AMG Panamericana grille crafted with 15 chrome-plated vertical fins, drawn from the look of the new AMG GT3 racing car.
At the heart of the new Autobot is Mercedes’ handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo engine pumping a growling 577 horsepower, an increase of 74 hp over the GT S.
One of the greatest assets for any fighter is speed. The AMG GT R tops out at 198 mph with a 0-60 mph time of a blazing 3.5 seconds.
The inside of the AMG GT R was also inspired by racing, arming the driver with a number of interior features designed for the ultimate performance experience behind the wheel.
Many of the performance enhancements found in the GT R are attributed to the use of lighter, stiffer components like a carbon fiber torque tube between engine and transmission that’s 40 percent lighter than the aluminum counterpart in the AMG GT.
The GT R is the first AMG model that uses Mercedes’ standard-fit active rear-wheel steering, a high-tech system that substantially improves the maneuverability of the car by turning the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels when it goes faster than 62 mph.
Lastly, the exhaust note on the AMG GT R has been designed with one menacing growl, as you can hear in the video above showing the new Mercedes beast running in the wild.