The wait is almost over.
The motoring industry's known for allowing secrets to creep into the public domain. We all knew years before the Chiron's unveiling, for instance, that Bugatti's Veyron successor would be a quad-turbocharged monster, and it's more a case of "not if, but when" with regards to the production prospects of Audi's constant stream of concepts. Likewise, it was nigh-on inevitable that Mercedes would pull the wraps off a more hardcore AMG GT sooner rather than later - and we'll get our first look at it next month, at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
According to a new announcement by Michelin (the main sponsor of the Supercar Paddock display at the 2016 Festival of Speed), Mercedes-Benz will be showcasing the feisty new AMG GT flagship in public for the very first time at Goodwood in just over four weeks' time - which might also mean we'll get to hear the car's reworked 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 roar its way up the fabled Hill Climb. Interestingly, Michelin also cites this AMG GT model to be an 'AMG GT R', which could be construed as Mercedes leaving the door open for an even more powerful and insane Black Series model. That may be wishful thinking, but you can guarantee we'll be pressing Mercedes on that possibility at Goodwood.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R will be one of over 40 performance cars being featured in the Festival of Speed's Supercar Paddock, with the Aston Martin DB11, Honda NSX, BMW M4 GTS and McLaren 570GT all making their first ever appearances at the Festival of Speed this year. Furthermore, Michelin also revealed that "Ferrari, Lamborghini and others [are] also set to make surprise debuts at the Festival". Announcing these marques will be turning up with special cars kind of defeats the purpose of being a surprise, but knowing at least two of the biggest supercar names in the business will also be showing up with noteworthy machines is only making us even more pumped for the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.