While it didn’t beat the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S put up an impressive show and went home from the Nurburgring track, with a lap record of its own.
Every major carmaker who is in the business of selling fast cars wants a Nurburgring lap record these days. James May hates that idea. But “The Ring” continues to draw manufacturers to it, with its magnetic appeal. The latest news from the revered and feared track in Nordschleife sees the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+ driving away with a lap record.
Based on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, the fire-breather took 7:25.41 to complete one round of the course. That’s slower than the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which is the current record holder for four door sedan category with a lap time of 7:21.23. But Mercedes-AMG came up with a solution of its own to announce their car’s feat as a lap record.
The manufacturer claims that the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+ is “the fastest fully-fledged four-seater production car to ever conquer the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.” Technically that sounds just about right, as the Jag didn’t have the rear seats when it took to the track with a roll cage at the back. The AMG however, chose to keep its rear seats.
Wait, there’s more. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a limited production car with only 300 units to be sold. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe on the other hand is a going to be on the racks as long as there are customers queuing up to buy it.
The lap record run saw development engineer Demian Schaffert taking the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic+. Get onboard with him in the video above.