In a time when record claims are being questioned as they should be, Mercedes-Benz AMG put out a new one. This one is about the fastest lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife for an “executive” luxury-class production vehicle – the 2021 AMG GT63 S 4MATIC+.
In 2018, the debut version of this AMG product set an older lap record with a time of 7min25.41seconds. That’s when the lap times were measured for the 20.6km version of the Nordschleife. To cover the same distance, the new AMG GT 63 S took 7min23seconds which is an improvement of over 2.3 seconds. However, in 2019, Nürburgring officials updated the policy for measuring lap times to cover the full 20.832km version of the circuit.
The most recent luxury four-door super GT to set a record time under those parameters was the top-spec 2021 Porsche Panamera with a lap time of 7min29.81seconds. It was fitted with a roll cage and racing seat for the driver as differences over the production-spec model. As stated in the headline for this article, the 2021 AMG GT 63 S 4-Door has set a new record because it beat the Panamera with a time of 7min27.8seconds which is a solid 2 seconds quicker. The record-setting car was kitted with all the optional equipment that would be offered to customers and unlike the Panamera, it did not have a roll cage added to it.
On top of that, Mercedes’ record was set with the track in sub-optimal conditions with cooler temperatures and a slippier track surface. This suggests that their super-saloon could actually go even quicker in ideal track conditions. Both the 2018 lap time and the new record lap time were set by the same former racing driver and AMG development engineer: Demian Schaffert.
You can see the onboard footage of the record-setting lap below:
It’s the AMG brand’s four-door product that is quicker than the AMG variants of the regular Mercedes sedans. First unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018, it has now been given some updates as an MY2021 production model. There has not been any increase in performance from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which still produces 630bhp and 900Nm in the top-spec 63 S 4MATIC+ variant. However, the smarties at Affalterbach have worked on improving the variable all-wheel-drive system and suspension tweaks among other things which have resulted in a faster car as proved by its improved lap time around the Green Hell.
We are expecting Mercedes-AMG to announce another lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This one would be for the fastest lap by a production model as attempted by the new AMG GT Black Series. Share your guesses for the GT Black Series’ Ring time in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to The Auto Loons for more cool updates from the car world.