Mercedes AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ is the fastest Coupé on the Nürburgring
Watch the record lap of the Mercedes AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ on the Nürburgring:
The AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ is a staggering machine. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 unleashes 630 bhp. With its 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, 62 mph is reached in just 3.2 seconds. If giving it the beans for a bit longer, you can find yourself doing 195.7 mph
With a time of 7:25.41 around the Nordschleife, Mercedes gained a lap record, but for what? The fastest four-door sports saloon would be the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. But Mercedes explained that the record applies to an actual four-seater with four doors. What Jaguar did with the Project 8 was stripping the back seats out to fit a roll cage, which technically made it a two-seater.
Stretching the rules
When Jaguar claimed the XE SV Project 8 to be the fastest production four-door saloon at the Nürburgring, with a lap time of 7:21:20, that was accepted by turning a blind eye. The specification of the stripped-down track-ready car is carefully called "production-intent". How much of a production car it is with a limited number of 300 is also dubious. But anyway, claiming a contentious lap record does the marketing job just as well as a definite one.
What is more "production car"?
The AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ clearly is a four-door, four-seater production car. Period.
If only equipped with two seats, like the Project 8 track version, the respect for the fastest Nürburgring lap of a road legal car goes to the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ with a production number of 900. Who is interested in the number of doors anyway if you blast through the green hell in less than 6 minutes and 45 seconds?
If you are keen to count the doors, fine. Then the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is ahead of the Mercedes AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+. But in the end, a track-ready four-door two-seater saloon car is something of its own and should not interfere with the record of a proper Merc that fits a clear definition without any doubt.