Mercedes-Benz AMG unleashes GT2 race car


The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is soon to be redesigned, but the current generation of the V-8 sports car still has plenty of life left in it.

AMG on Thursday revealed a new GT2 racing version that will be made available to customer teams in time for the 2023 motorsports season.

The car will be aimed primarily at teams competing in the SRO-sanctioned GT2 European Series, whose highlight is the 24 Hours of Spa, and it joins existing GT3 and GT4 race cars based on AMG’s GT platform. Like those other race cars, the GT2 will come with full technical support from HWA, a Mercedes motorsports partner.

The competition won’t be easy for the GT2. Some of the cars it will face include the Audi R8 LMS GT2, Brabham BT63 GT2, KTM X-Bow GT2, Maserati MC20 GT2, and Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT2 race car

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT2 race car

Power comes from AMG’s familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. The version of the engine in the GT2 is most closely related to the one in AMG’s GT Black Series, as it features a flat-plane crankshaft, just like the road car.

The maximum output in the GT2 is capped at 697 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

The transmission is a 6-speed sequential unit mounted at the rear as a transaxle and featuring a mechanical self-locking differential that’s adjustable. The dampers and anti-roll bars are also adjustable, and have been designed for motorsports, AMG said.

AMG is holding back additional specs as the GT2 is still undergoing testing. The Affalterbach company also hasn’t mentioned a price.

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