We love a car with spirit here in the Petrol News office, and we love a manufacturer that can deliver exemplary performance to tantalise our senses. So, when these two elements can be brought together in a single package, it really grabs our attention.
And this is exactly what happened earlier this month, when Mercedes wowed us all with the performance of the marque's new AMG GT R at the world-renowned Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.
One of the most demanding racing circuits on the planet and a yardstick for measuring the true mettle of a car, the track is lovingly referred to by many as the "Green Hell", and with good cause!
It tests the driver and the vehicle to the limit, with high speed and intricate sections, followed by sweeping curves, stunning hammer-down straights and a driving experience that is simply like no other.
The time of 7:10.9 minutes set by the AMG GT R in a test drive carried out by German motoring magazine sport auto in early December is therefore a monumental achievement for the model and highlights the racing pedigree of the vehicle overall.
Indeed, the Mercedes-AMG GT R was faster than any other road-going sports car ever tested!
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: "Tackling the Nordschleife is no mean feat, so we absolutely love it when a manufacturer builds a car that is able to nail the demands of this unforgiving circuit with such aplomb!"
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