Not just any Mercedes, either: it's the new GT R, the latest incarnation of the Mercedes-AMG GT, a rear-wheel-drive sports car with a 4-liter V8 producing 577 bhp. Drive Australia reports:
The most track focused road car from the German car maker has set a blistering time of 7:10.9 around the 21km Nurburgring track in Germany.
This is the fastest time ever set by a rear-wheel drive road car. The only road cars to post a quicker time are the Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce and Nissan GT-R Nismo.
The time was set by German automotive magazine Sport Auto.
There's more at the link.
Note the steadiness of the GT R. Even in the mid-200-kph range, it's like riding on rails. Watch the video in full-screen mode for best results.
I wouldn't mind one of those for the occasional fast run to Amarillo or Dallas-Fort Worth . . . but I'll have to sell a metric buttload of books to afford it!