Mercdes-AMG GT SMercedes-AMG will launch a range-topping GT R halo car at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed to us at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The new  GT R will be “the highest-performance model we have ever done,” he added – with lap times faster than the Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series.

‘The current GT S isn’t far off but it doesn’t beat the SLS Black. This car will.”

The range-topping GT R (trademark lawyers from Nissan will be watching very carefully the spacing of the letters and use of hyphens, we’re sure…) will have a full performance upgrade, with bespoke suspension, brakes, tyres and even more engine power.

There’s speculation it may also introduce a four-wheel steering system to the GT line: Moers says AMG engineers ‘punch above their weight’ for their ability to fully engineer custom chassis setups.

“The GT R will be an ambassador model for the brand,” he added, “although we will not take it to the level of Porsche with thigns such as limited availability (the 911 R is restricted to 911 vehicles, for example)”.

“We will also not sell cars for less than the cost of production,” he added…

The confirmation that Mercedes-AMG’s new halo car will launch at Goodwood is a major fillip for the motorsport festival, and AMG will be certain not to disappoint. Now its launch date is confirmed, watch this space for more news on the Mercedes-AMG GT R.