Ah, the devil is well in the details with this one, really. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) just took to Instagram and Facebook to post its Deepavali greetings, and it’s all but with a bit of twist. By now, you would have noticed the silhouette of the AMG GT, but the keen-eyed among you will be drawn to a small and seemingly insignificant portion of the car, that is the raised rear wing.

With the simple power of deduction, we’re quite certain that it’s of the AMG GT R, because the GT C features no such thing (not a fixed wing, at least) and the GT3 version sports an obscenely larger GT wing and is strictly for motorsport use only.

The AMG GT is no stranger to the Malaysian market, having made its debut at the Sepang Circuit back in June 2015 in GT S guise. The rear-wheel drive coupe draws power from a 4.0 litre twin-turbo dry-sump V8, making 510 PS at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm of torque. It’s paired to a seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission (DCT), enabling a century sprint time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 310 km/h. This however, pales in comparison to what MBM is teasing us with.

Enter the AMG GT R, the most feral version of the model that’s densely packed with technology derived from the company’s motorsports exploits. It’s powered by the same 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed AMG DCT combo, but output is boosted to 585 PS (+75 PS) and 700 Nm between 1,900 and 5,500 rpm. It does 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds with a Vmax of 318 km/h.

The entire suspension setup is new, with higher camber and toe-in stability to facilitate high cornering speeds. There’s also AMG Ride Control continuously variable adaptive damping system fitted, and the car rides on forged wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (275/35 R19 at the front and 325/30 R20 at the rear).

Judging by MBM’s track record, we won’t be surprised if the GT R eventually finds its way here, especially after making a recent appearance in Indonesia two months ago. After all, it is Diwali, the festival of light symbolising knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Smart move, MBM. We almost missed it. Almost.

GALLERY: AMG GT R at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show


GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG GT R official images