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Jun 15.17 Magnesium: In the Award-Winning Mercedes Mix
Extensive use of advanced materials including magnesium, aluminum and carbon fiber have helped win the Mercedes-AMG GT R the first VDI (Association of German Engineers) lightweight design award at its recent professional congress.

Designed for reduced weight and optimal performance, the rear-wheel-drive supercar is 12.5 kilograms lighter than the base vehicle (at 3,428 pounds in Euro-spec form). The GT R utilizes magnesium for the front deck, aluminum alloys for the chassis and body, and steel for the trunk lid. Carbon fiber comprises the front fenders, roof, and torque tube between the engine and transmission. The brand is known for its consistent application of new, innovate composite materials, futuristic processing technologies, and state-of-the-art development procedures.

The performance-oriented materials mix (fuel consumption combined: 11.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km) is an example of how using the right material in key components can significantly improve a vehicle’s weight and function, including elements like stiffening and aerodynamics.

The GT R’s power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 (familiar from the standard GT models) that produces 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. With a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, zero-to-60 mph takes an estimated 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 198 mph.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. by mid-2017. Price TBA, but should top the $130,000-plus price tag of the GT S.

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