Want one? Act fast. Very fast.
The Mercedes-AMG GT lineup is about to undergo a slight but vital change. Since the arrival of the glorious AMG GT Black Series, the German automaker's halo model's lineup has become a bit crowded and, not surprisingly, something is being sacrificed. According to a leaked email sent to Mercedes dealerships and obtained by Allcarnews, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT R Pro are days away from being discontinued. The email specifically states the following:
"With the upcoming arrival of the highly anticipated Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series and GT Stealth Editions, we would like to inform you that the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R has been discontinued. Order banks for the MY21 GT R will be shut down Tuesday, December 29. Existing orders will not be converted to MY22."
It doesn't get any clearer than that.
The AMG GT itself is nearing the end of its lifetime. Introduced as a 2015 model, it underwent a facelift in 2017 and has remained largely unchanged since then, with the main exception being the arrival of the Black Series version. The GT R also debuted for 2017 and featured a number of styling changes over the standard GT (which has since been updated to include them), such as vertical slats in the front grille, an adjustable rear wing, new front air intakes, and unique front and rear diffusers.
Inspiration for the GT R came directly from the AMG GT3 race car. A Roadster version debuted in early 2019 though production is limited to a mere 750 examples.
Up until the Black Series' arrival, the AMG GT R was considered the fastest within the lineup thanks in part to its Nurburgring lap time of 7:10.92. Mercedes did not give the reason behind the model's discontinuation but, as we previously noted, we strongly suspect it's because of the Black Series, so it's not exactly surprising news.
So if there's anyone out there who wants one, then you'd better act fast. You've got just over one week's time to place an order.