Pretoria - We’re about to head out onto Gerotek’s high-speed oval when one of the instructors from AMG’s Driver Academy says: “Aim for around 180. We’ve found the car’s comfortable going into the corners at that speed”.
I observe a few cocked eyebrows from fellow journalists, who clearly think this guy’s lost his marbles. I’ve been around here in a few fast cars, so I know it’s not impossible, but 180’s an impressive target nonetheless. Even more impressive, however, was that the new AMG GT was comfortable going into the oval’s steeply banked bends at well over 200.
This is the second super sportscar developed in house by Merc’s tuning juggernaut AMG after the now discontinued SLS, and like its precursor it’s jam-packed with race-bred parts. Right from the tip of its front splitter to the trailing edge of its extendable rear wing, the AMG GT is laden with things to make it go fast, so it’s understandable that Mercedes brought us to a testing facility to demonstrate exactly what it’s capable of.
A TRUE TRACK TOOL
And it didn’t stop there. At the GT’s South African media launch last week we also visited Zwartkops Raceway to find out how it handles around a place it was designed for. And it does so phenomenally. Lap times on the day would be competitive in the Extreme Supercars National Challenge race series where purpose-built machines with roll cages and slick tyres rub fenders and bang mirrors.