This isn’t the Mercedes-AMG One. That car, which is finally nearing the road after a few years of anticipation, will be a mid-engine hybrid with over 1,000 horsepower, promised 0-60 performance of about 2 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph. Only 275 will be built and they’re already sold, costing nearly $3 million each. Jeff Bezos probably bought two.
Until that hypercar hits the street, the pinnacle of Mercedes two-seat performance is this AMG GT R. It’s a front-engine supercar with carbon fiber body panels, rear-wheel drive, twin turbos, and 577 horsepower. Top speed? About 200 mph. Price? Less than $200,000. It’s a bona fide thrill ride, but it’s also luxurious and comfortable enough to be driven every day. It’s a special machine destined to be an instant classic.