Mercedes-AMG has reclaimed the honour of building the fastest “executive” car to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife, after unleashing its new GT63 S around the circuit in record time.
According to Nurburgring GmbH "executive car" is defined by the German Federal Transport Authority (KBA) and includes examples like the Audi A8, A7 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Given Porsche reset the record lap earlier this year, factory AMG driver Demian Schaffert would have found extra delight in lowering the benchmark time given he piloted the GT63 S that set the first record lap in 2018.
Underlining that there’s no love lost between the two high-performance brands, AMG in its own press release explicitly states the lap record left their grasp for only three months.
And where did the GT63 S find this new pace? Equipped with the optional-for-Europe Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and aero package, AMG says the record setting car was otherwise completely standard save for some suspension fine tuning for the new model year version.
But it does admit a luxury bucket seat and race harnesses were fitted for safety – two items that would not affect performance.
Updates to the GT63 S exist only within the cabin. Inside it welcomes the brand’s well-known and highly intuitive MBUX infotainment program with AMG specific displays, along with a wide-screen cockpit – a large sweeping digital dash screen – on German variants.
Granted, all this luxury weighs down the GT63 S’s mighty twin-turbo V8. But its carried-over 470kW and 900Nm still promises to accelerate the four-dour liftback to 100km/h from rest in 3.2 seconds, thanks to all-wheel drive.
Both the new GT63 S and the Porsche Panamera Turbo S it crushed have also proved quicker around the track than Porsche’s previous generation 911 GT2 – a stripped-out twin-turbo super sports car with two seats.
Back over to you, Porsche.