The Mercedes-AMG GT R first broke cover nearly two years ago as the most feral version of Affalterbach’s halo car, one that packs 577 hp and 699 Nm of torque from a hand-built 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8. However, it was spared from the 2017 update, which saw the GT and GT S receive styling and tech updates.

This time around, our spy photographers managed to capture a prototype making rounds at the Nürburgring, wearing a mildly redesigned front bumper with a larger lip and canards. Of course, the new bits are camouflaged, but interestingly the rear section of the GT R remains unchanged – for now, at least.

In terms of performance, word is that the facelifted GT R will not receive any bump in output, but given the company’s track record, it’s safe to expect otherwise. With 577 hp and 699 Nm, the AMG GT R blitzes the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and maxes out at 318 km/h.

The engine is paired with the AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed transaxle dual-clutch transmission, which gets a longer first gear ratio and a shorter seventh gear. Drive is exclusively sent to the rear wheels.

Back home, the C190 Mercedes-AMG GT R is priced from RM1.7 million, and joins the GT S as the two available GT models on sale in Malaysia.

GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG GT R in Malaysia