Mercedes-AMG GT 63S leaps to top of ’Ring leaderboard
Another day, another Nürburgring Nordschleife record broken, or at least that’s the way it seems as car makers continue to one-up each other on the toughest race track in the world.
Today it’s the Mercedes-AMG GT 63S that tops the timesheet as the fastest luxury class car around the Green Hell. The 2021 edition lapped the 12.9-mile circuit in 7 minutes 27.8 seconds, recapturing a crown it lost just three months ago to the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
The AMG GT 63S ran the ‘Ring in totally standard guise, with the exception of a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires and an aero kit, which are optional extras. Propelled by its twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, 639 hp V-8 engine, driving all four wheels through its 4MATIC+ system and aided by active rear-axle steering and electronic limited slip differential, the car mastered the circuits 73 corners.
Former racer and AMG tester Demian Schaffert (some may call him Demian Driver) was behind the wheel and the circuit conditions were far from ideal, with damp patches and a low temperature. Nonetheless he was able to beat Porsche’s best by 1.3 seconds.
You can watch the record breaking run below and expect a follow up from Porsche very soon.