Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster – the third open-top
In Cars, International News, Mercedes-Benz / By Anthony Lim / 15 May 2018 4:08 pm / 1 comment
Mercedes-AMG has announced another addition to its GT family – the AMG GT S Roadster becomes the third open-top, two-door variant in the line-up, sitting in between the GT Roadster and GT C Roadster. It also brings the number of GT offerings from Affalterbach to 12, the range consisting of four two-door coupes, three roadsters, two customer sports racing cars and three four-door coupes.
Like its siblings, the GT S Roadster features AMG’s handbuilt 4.0 litre V8 biturbo M178 mill, and output is identical to that on the GT S coupe. Revised in an 2017 update, the unit offers 515 hp (or 522 PS) at 6,250 rpm and 670 Nm at 1,900 to 5,000 rpm in this application. Paired with a seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT 7G transmission, performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.8 seconds and a 308 km/h top speed.
Standard equipment includes an AMG performance exhaust system, Airpanel active air management system, AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch at the rear). Also on, LED high performance headlights and an electronically-controlled locking differential at the rear axle.
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Inside, the GT S Roadster comes with sports seats in black Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre and an AMG Silver Chrome Interior package as standard – the latter dresses up the centre console surround, air vent bezels and trim strips in the door armrests in silver chrome. As for the three-layer fabric roof, it’s available in a choice of three colours – black, beige or red.
As usual, plenty of customisation options for the car, and for trim the list includes an exterior carbon-fibre package, nappa leather upholstery in a variety of colours, AMG Performance seats and an Airscarf neck-level heating system.
Mechanical options meanwhile include an AMG Dynamic Plus package, which adds on dynamic engine and transmission mounts and a firmer and specifically-tuned suspension. An AMG rear axle steering can also be selected with the package. Also available on the options list is an AMG high performance ceramic braking system.
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Porsche 911 GT3 R – better aero, safety; now with AC
In Cars, International News, Porsche / By Danny Tan / 15 May 2018 3:33 pm / 0 comments
This is the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Zuffenhausen’s new GT3 series customer race car for 2019, based on the 911 GT3 RS production car that was revealed earlier this year. Porsche set out to achieve three main goals with the 911 GT3 R – efficient aerodynamics, further optimised safety as well as lowering the cost of servicing and spare parts.
The body design of the GT3 RS features aluminium-steel composite construction that has proven to be the ideal basis for the race car. But here, the roof, front hood and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear lid and interior trim are made of carbon-fibre composite material (CFRP). All windows are polycarbonate pieces.
Powering the 911 GT3 R is a 4.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-six that’s largely identical to the production car’s engine. Direct fuel injection, which operates at pressures up to 200 bar, as well as VVT adjustments of the intake and exhaust camshafts ensure efficient use of fuel. Compared to its predecessor, the water-cooled boxer (550 hp without restrictors) offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range, Porsche says. Engine response is more precise due to six throttle butterflies.
Power from the rear-mounted engine is transferred to the 310 mm rear wheels via a sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox with an electronic shift actuator. As in GT road cars, the driver changes gears via steering shift paddles. The clutch is electro-hydraulically controlled, which eliminates the need for the clutch pedal and assists quick race starts.
In the aero department, the distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings increase downforce at the front axle. Measuring 1,900 mm in width by 400 mm in depth, the giant rear wing lends aerodynamic balance. The tyre circumference at the front axle has grown from 650 to 680 mm. In tandem with the new double wishbone suspension, this improves braking performance and consistency over the duration of the race.
Speaking of brakes, the stoppers underwent further mods and now offer increased stiffness and more precise control of the ABS. In front, you’ll find six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel 390 mm discs. At the back are four-piston callipers and 370 mm discs.
To improve pit stop performance, the 120 litre FT3 safety fuel cell can now be refilled from the left or right depending on the circuit layout.
For improved safety, the doors and side windows can be removed. The new racing seat – now bolted at six points – affords pilots even better protection in the event of a crash. In combination with the adjustable pedal box, the driver’s centre of gravity is optimised and that offers increased safety. In addition, the driver’s door gets carbon-fibre Kevlar aluminium construction with energy-absorbing plastic foam.
The racing 911’s cockpit has been redesigned, and for the first time, there’s air-conditioning. The AC has direct connection to the seat and driver’s helmet, which Porsche says will help pilots maintain concentration and constant performance. The new Porsche 911 GT3 R can be ordered now for 459,000 euros (RM2.17 million) before taxes, with deliveries starting from December 2018.
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Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.