When you think of Mercedes-Benz, what comes to mind first? I'd argue probably luxury.

While the three-pointed star certainly has upped its sporting intentions with the AMG brand, and even more so with the likes of the Black Series cars, that's not really its specialty. The definitive Mercedes is the S-Class. Nothing even comes close.

That said, none of the above means the company can't take a crack at the competition when it feels ready to do so. This neatly brings us to the Mercedes-AMG GT R, which squares up against the likes of the reigning champion, the Porsche 911 GT3. 

So, does it unseat the king?

Watch below and listen to the verdict from Autocar. 

The hardcore Mercedes-AMG GT R is aimed squarely at the Porsche 911 GT3. For now, it's the most focussed performance car Mercedes-AMG builds - more power, less weight and a stiffer chassis setup make it faster and more athletic than lesser AMG GTs. But how does it cope with a bumpy British B-road, and is it completely out of it depth in wet weather? We spent two days on the best roads in South Wales finding out.

DRIVEN + VIDEO: Does The All-new Mercedes-AMG GT R Actually Stand A Chance Against The Porsche 911 GT3?

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