The most powerful version of the Mercedes-AMG GT you can buy from the factory is the hardcore R version, which comes equipped with 429kw and 699 Newton-meters of torque to help you break your neck faster. It is without a doubt one of the most menacing sports cars on the planet. But one shop thinks the AMG GT deserves to be even more powerful.
This is Edo Competition's latest project; while it bears the same name as the factory-derived model, it’s far from stock. The 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 has been upgraded to produce 651 hp (485 kW) and 780 Nm of torque. That gives the aftermarket upgrade 60 extra kilowatts and 80 more Newton metres of torque than the factory version, which, to put it in perspective, is the same power as your average car on the road, on top of the standard GT R.
With all that extra power in tow, Edo Competition says the sports car is able to well surpass the standard GT R's top speed of 340 kilometres per hour. Though, the company doesn’t have any official figures on top speed or 0 to 100 just yet.
But it’s not only power that has been upgraded. To cope with all this extra power, the shop also made sure to lower the chassis by 22 millimetres in the front, and 20 millimetres in the rear, bringing the high-powered vehicle a bit closer to the road and further improving handling overall. Achieving maximum performance through enormous expertise, the Edo GT R has everything a super sports car needs, the company said in its press release: "The vehicle’s hulking good looks are a perfect fit for its infernal sound, hellish speed and impressive handling – all adding up to maximum performance in a street-worthy race car." Edo doesn't say how much the kit costs on top of the standard AMG-GT R, but if you have the money to spend on the R2 600 000 sports car in the first place, we doubt the performance upgrade will be all that tough a pill to swallow.
Therein after, what more could you possibly want more on this car? Black suits its character, the lowered suspension, and the additional excessive power upgrade will greatly satisfy any lunatic and give him the ultimate feeling of being Slim Pickens as he rides the bomb to hell.
This is the most radical and ambitious yet successful attempt ever made to a GT R, and we like it... a lot!