A win­ter’s tail

Re­port 6 Mercedes-AMG GT R

Top Gear (UK) - - GARAGE | AWARDS 2018 - CHAR­LIE TURNER

Reg­u­lar read­ers will be sur­prised to see this re­port not be­ing filed from a ditch some­where en route to the of­fice. As I may have men­tioned last month, the AMG GT R doesn’t like to hide its per­for­mance po­ten­tial in the wet, and as win­ter is com­ing we’ve been get­ting used to the slightly more ‘spicy’ side of the Hulk’s per­son­al­ity.

And while the an­gry side of the GT R is al­ways lurk­ing (577bhp and RWD will tend to do that) it’s the daily us­abil­ity of the AMG that has im­pressed dur­ing its time with us. Su­per­car own­er­ship used to be about hav­ing a car you could de­ploy on high days and hol­i­days. Only a few brave souls used the car of their dreams as their daily driver (and most of those ended up on the hard shoul­der, a pre-so­cial me­dia laugh­ing stock).

Thanks largely due to the AMG Dy­namic Se­lect sys­tem that al­lows you to ramp up the Hulk’s threat level and dial down the safety net be­tween. Com­fort, Sport, Sport Plus and Race – the GT R is a gen­uinely easy car to live with day to day. Add in the abil­ity to set your own pa­ram­e­ters in In­di­vid­ual mode and you have a su­per­car that will de­stroy a cross-con­ti­nen­tal blast as hap­pily as it will de­mol­ish a track day or be­ing equally at home sat in the Lon­don rush hour in the mid­sum­mer heat­wave.

A su­per­car you can use ev­ery day, and when you put it like that, the GT R is some­thing of a bar­gain.

When win­ter comes, be care­ful with your mode se­lecter...

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