Track & field

Top Gear (UK) - - GARAGE - CHAR­LIE TURNER En­gine light sig­nals 10-sec­ond count­down to break­down

Re­port 3 Merc-AMG GT R £143,245/£153,960

The GT R has had a busy month. The big­gest prob­lem with run­ning a car this ex­cit­ing, en­gag­ing and, er, green is that ev­ery­one keeps bor­row­ing it.

But hav­ing man­aged to se­cure the keys for the tow-car chal­lenge and gained ac­cess to the Dunsfold, it was time to dig some­what more deeply into its ca­pa­bil­i­ties than is le­gal or ad­vis­able on the daily com­mute. From a stand­ing start (with­out launch) and flat-out down the run­way, the GT R shows a ra­bid pace as it charges to 177mph, be­fore it’s time to brake, HARD... the GT R scrub­bing speed with­out drama.

Dopamine suitably spiked, I grab the chance for a few laps around the rest of the cir­cuit. It’s an all too brief look into its po­ten­tial and has me look­ing into track days to at­tend...

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