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Not Really Off-Topic...

Ok... so I was watching 'THAT' car show, the Top one from England and also rhymes with a horse's behind..

They featured the Mercedes GTR, went down the specs, cued the photos and video, and...

WTH? Is this a 2017 return of the 928? 'Mid' V8 engine up front, Weissach axle, rear wheel drive, -It even looks a bit like a restyled old friend.

Does anyone know the backstory of Mercedes new GTR? Is this a joint project between AMG and Porsche? Did one crash into the other, and the result is some sort of immoral love child?

If it had pop up headlamps, I'd be planning my next Casino heist right now.


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Laws of Physics -

Hey Mal81 - Man that Mercedes GTR looks great. There is a lot of "Appearance Re-branding" going around now-a-days by the car companies. It does seem though that after the engineers have plugged in all their aerodynamic formulas for a sleek body design - out comes some beautiful cars. The only problem is that when you look around in traffic, you can barely tell one brand for another any more.

I guess when it comes to efficient aerodynamics - there are just so many things that can be changed to help distinguish one car from another without negatively affecting air flow over the body. You just can't beat physics. It is funny sometimes that our 928 is distinctive enough for you to over hear people say "What the !@#% is That" when you're out in the middle of a large parking lot full of generics.

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Well, you are not the first to consider this. Road and Track did a comparison between the 911 Carrera GTS and the MB AMG GT S, and here is how they concluded the article:

The AMG was clearly designed from the beginning to take the fight to the Porsche, from the faux center-lock lug-bolt covers (which, this being Mercedes, have an exact torque specification of 22 lb-ft) to the fastback body shape that looks deliberately 911-esque at a distance. I'm certain it will sway some 911 buyers the same way the Panamera has picked off stragglers from the S-class demographic. But it's no Nine Eleven. So what is it? In the course of enthusing about the AMG's virtues, my Marine aviator friend, Jim, happens to mention another German sports car he's always liked. All of a sudden the realization hits me. V-8 power, wide shoulders, self-shifting transmission, fastback profile . . . Now it makes sense. The 911 Carrera GTS is the best 911 I've seen in a while, and the Mercedes-AMG GT S is a near-perfect successor to a very different Porsche. As I recollect, they called it the 928.
Is the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Truly a Direct Challenger to the Porsche 911?
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It's interesting too that the performance specs of the two vehicles (928 GTS) are very close too. I haven't seen a GTR in person, but I wouldn't be surprised if the dimensions are similar.

Oh and the exhaust note and burble are identical to mine with flowmaster 40 can in the middle and delta 9 (hoping for stainless one day!) where the pumpkin would be. Also at 140k, I'll be happy to continue to be the turtle on track day and the hare in my neighborhood in my 40 year old $1,500 German sports car.
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