The AMG GT R is the road-going version of the German carmaker’s Nürburgring 24-hour race-winning GT3. It is also currently the fastest rear-wheel-drive car to go around the Green Hell (Nürburgring), earning it the ‘Beast of the Green Hell’ nickname.
Jacoy believes a unique aspect of Mercedes-AMG is that it is involved with the development of new Mercedes road cars from the start, ensuring they have the capability to be adapted into performance cars.
While the first model to get the 53 badge will be the upcoming CLS 53, the S 500 launched in European markets already comes with a 3.0-litre, inline six-cylinder engine, though in a 435hp and 520Nm state of tune.
Impressively, the twin-turbo V12 sitting under the hood appears to be running smoothly, despite having 150,000 miles on the clock. Most of the issues seem related to electronics, including faulty electric windows and a broken radio but Ferretti says most of these problems, as well as some visual improvements, could be resolved with just a few thousand dollar, making this S65 one hell of a bargain.