- The month of March marked the end of winter testing.
- Manufacturers have moved to Nurburgring for performance testing.
- There were two AMG models as well as an SVR-prepped SUV and the Audi TT facelift.
- The surprise here was spotting the Karma Revero trying to shed its old Fisker roots.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
The ‘Beast of the Green Hell’ was caught attacking the notorious Nordschleife once again. In the photo, the cladded fore and aft can be seen with a pair of canards for added aerodynamic gain. There is a slight change in the central section of the front bumpers, likely serving the same purpose. Apart from it, there are black tape maskings on the rear wing. So we can assume that the GT R is either ready for a facelift or AMG is simply testing an optional aero pack.
The 2020 Karma Revero seems to be undergoing a major revision in order to move away from its Fisker heritage. Under all that heavy cladding, there could be an all-new front with new headlights, grille, and extended hood. The rear seems to be hiding a new taillight design with a reworked posterior. No changes to the cabin seem evident at the moment, but that is because the car is still in the early stages of its development. The Chinese owner might even switch to a different powertrain.
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 AMG
The new-gen Mercedes-AMG GLS63 is the most luxurious SUV from the Three-Pointed Star with the hottest engine under the bonnet. We can see the massive Panamericana grille under the heavy cladding which now adorns only the performance-oriented models from Affalterbach. Under the hood will be a modern biturbo 4.0-litre V8 that is already in use for other high-performance AMG models where it outputs far beyond 600bhp. Given that the regular GLS itself will be revealed sometime next year, the AMG-powered GLS63 is likely to arrive only by 2020.
Audi TT facelift
The refreshed TT was caught at the Nurburgring where it had hoped to put down some track time, but found the track conditions to be wet and rainy, with low visibility. We now know that the TT facelift will only have some minor cosmetic updates made to the fascia and rear bumpers. Powertrains will remain unchanged as the update is not skin deep. Expect the new TT to be revealed later this year at any major auto expo as a 2019 year model. Sales will commence early next year
The British marque is already prepping the SVR version of the Range Rover Velar. The Velar, tuned by the SVO division, will get an SVR-spec grille, larger wheels, a swanky cabin and a host of badging all around the car. Putting it through its paces will be a supercharged V8 producing 550bhp/638Nm channelled to the rear-biased AWD system through an eight-speed gearbox. We also expect that Land Rover will try to set some kind of Nurburgring lap record to build upon the sporty image of the Velar SVR.