I doubt many people look at the Mercedes-AMG GT R’s 577bhp output and think: “Hmmmm, you know what? That’s a bit limp.” But if you are that power obsessed, there is solution courtesy of Dime Racing - a US-based AMG customer racing team.
What Dime will do is take a standard AMG GT S and its pathetic 503bhp, boosting it to 735bhp. No details have been given as to how, but we do know that you get new wheels, shouty aerodynamic bits, an upgraded cooling system and beefier suspension as part of the deal. The result is the car you see here: the Dime Racing Edition AMG GT.
So far, so predictable, and on the face of it there’s little to separate Dime’s tuning package to the plethora of AMG GT upgrade options out there. Until you get to the way it’s sold that is: it’s available through “select Mercedes AMG dealers” across the USA, and it’ll even “carry a bumper-to-bumper warranty.”
Almost sounds too good to be true, and that’s before we get to the price, which is just $150,200. I know, I know, that’s still a lot of money, but it’s just $20k more than the GT S, and a whopping $50k less than the GT R.
Sure, it doesn’t have all the clever active aero gubbins found on the GT R, nor the heft of a major manufacturer’s R&D power behind its upgrades, but still - that seems like a bargain. And you get a fancy watch designed by former F1 driver Stefan Johansson thrown in. Obviously.
The icing on the turbocharged V8 cake? Exclusivity: Dime will be making just 100 of these hopped-up GTs a year.