Mercedes-AMG GT2 debuts as the brand’s most powerful customer racer


Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off the new GT2 race car—billed as “the most powerful homologated customer racing car by Mercedes-AMG”. The car is not fully ready yet since it has to undergo comprehensive testing in the coming weeks at various circuits, but it’ll be ready for the 2023 GT2 European Series. As with the GT3 and GT4 models, Mercedes-AMG assures technical support from the experts at HWA AG. As a development and production partner of Mercedes-AMG, HWA carries out all maintenance and overhauls.

That rear wing grabs just as many eyeballs as that grille at the front. It is mounted on large swan neck mounts and is multi-adjustable. The race car rides on 18-inch forged light-alloy wheels with a centre lock—for faster swaps, wrapped with racing slicks measuring 325/660-18 at the front and 325/705-18 at the rear.

As for the chassis bits, the aluminium double wishbones at the front & rear are adjustable for rebound and compression; the anti-roll bars are also adjustable, of course. Braking duties are handled by composite discs measuring 395 mm at the front and 355 mm at the rear, gripped by 6-piston and 4-piston calipers, respectively. ABS, brake balance, and traction control are all adjustable.

On the inside, the safety arrangements meet FIA standards, of course. There’s an extrication hatch in the roof; a motorsport-grade powerful fire extinguisher, and a roll cage made of high-tensile steel. Of course, the seat foaming is customizable. For anyone wondering, the chassis itself is made of aluminium space frame.

Powering the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT2 is a 4.0-litre (3,982 cc) V8 biturbo engine featuring a flat-plane crankshaft—a version of the one that powers the GT Black Series. The engine can pump out up to 520 kW (707 metric hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft). Tranmission is a motorsport-grade 6-speed sequential with shift paddles on the steering wheel. There’s also a mechanically adjustable self-locking rear differential. Including air conditioning, the Mercedes-AMG GT2 is estimated to weigh less than 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs).

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