Great news to receive at the airport, as I’m headed to Georgia for The Masters with Mercedes-Benz. They just announced the pricing for the 2018 AMG GT R Coupe. Set to arrive in the U.S. this summer, the “Beast of the Green Hell” will have a starting price of $157,000.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT R features a front-mid-engine with a transaxle, handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine rated at 577 hp, extensively modified suspension, active aerodynamics, active rear-wheel steering, nine-way adjustable traction control and intelligent lightweight construction throughout. In an independent test drive conducted by “sport auto” on  the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the AMG GT R was faster than any other rear-wheel-drive road-going sports car ever tested with a laptime of just 7:10.9.

Crossing my fingers this beauty will be present in Augusta this weekend. If it is, you can be sure to see some photos on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there: @JoesDaily.