The Nurburgring Nordschleife needs little introduction. In its full glory, incorporating the modern era Grand Prix circuit, the Green Hell, as it is now known after three-time F1 world champion Jackie Stewart dubbed it thus in 1968, takes in over 24km (and around 170 corners) of German countryside in the Eifel mountains.
The addition of this fourth sense is particularly appealing to those who enjoy driving, compared to being driven. Those three letters — A-M-G — refer to the company that has been massaging Mercedes vehicles for half a century.
You could say Mercedes-AMG peddles a nice line in performance cars. There’s definitely variety because, including AMG 43, 63 and 65 models, there are more than 30 AMGs in total, all fulfilling a different purpose. And somewhere between the A 45 hatchback and bonkers AMG GT R supercar are the S 63 and S 65 limos.
Power is fed to rear-wheels by the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and Mercedes claims that the transmission software has been reprogrammed for quicker shifts. Thanks to the improvements, the GT R can dismiss 0-100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and clock a top speed of 319km/h.