Re­turn of the king

Re­port 4 Merc-AMG GT R £143,245 OTR/£153,960


Tra­di­tion­ally Speed Week is fol­lowed by a size­able dose of the dol­drums, the re­al­i­sa­tion that you’ve just spent a near-per­fect week driv­ing the very best per­for­mance cars of the year, that the sum­mer is wan­ing and the path ahead leads to darker, danker days.

For­tu­nately, this year I have the per­fect an­ti­dote in the form of Hulk. Fresh off the glam­orous Ryanair re­turn flight from Cler­mont Fer­rand I land back to a damp UK and lower my­self into the fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings of the GT R. Wet roads haven’t re­ally fea­tured in our time with Hulk yet and add an­other layer to the drama and ex­cite­ment (of which more next month). De­pres­sion ban­ished, bring on the worst the win­ter can throw at us.


3982cc, V8 twin-turbo, RWD, 577bhp, 516lb ft 24.8mpg, 259g/km CO 2 0–62mph in 3.6secs, 198mph 1630kg


Turns out that there’s a per­fect an­ti­dote to post Speed Week blues.

MILEAGE: 11,250 OUR MPG: 17.6

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