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Mercedes heats up the floor in Paris with the new AMG GT and GT S

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The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The finishing move off the roofline to the bumper has been smoothed out and made more fluid (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The finishing move off the roofline to the bumper has been smoothed out and made more fluid (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT features a new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 capable of producing 462 hp and 443 lb.ft of torque (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT features a new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 capable of producing 462 hp and 443 lb.ft of torque (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT sports big 255/35R 19 tires up front and 295/35R 19s at the back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT sports big 255/35R 19 tires up front and 295/35R 19s at the back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Both the GT and GT S feature a 7-speed gearbox and dual-clutch system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Both the GT and GT S feature a 7-speed gearbox and dual-clutch system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
help keep power in check while the GT S goes a step further with an electronically controlled differential configuration.
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help keep power in check while the GT S goes a step further with an electronically controlled differential configuration.
The AMG GT's two-person cockpit (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT's two-person cockpit (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
A limited-slip differential will be standard on the GT, while the GT S gets an electronically controlled version (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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A limited-slip differential will be standard on the GT, while the GT S gets an electronically controlled version (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The 2016 AMG GT S appears to be designed to go head-to-head with the likes of Porsche’s 911 and Jaguar’s F-Type (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The 2016 AMG GT S appears to be designed to go head-to-head with the likes of Porsche’s 911 and Jaguar’s F-Type (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The interior of the AMG GT at the Paris Auto Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The interior of the AMG GT at the Paris Auto Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT features a different grill treatment and more pronounced headlights and intakes than the SLS (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT features a different grill treatment and more pronounced headlights and intakes than the SLS (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT and GT S both employ a reworked twin-turbo V8 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT and GT S both employ a reworked twin-turbo V8 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The GT S features an electronically controlled differential configuration (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The GT S features an electronically controlled differential configuration (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The GT S with its rear wing in the deployed position (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The GT S with its rear wing in the deployed position (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT S is capable of hitting 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.8 seconds (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT S is capable of hitting 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.8 seconds (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Looking down the long nose of the AMG GT S at the Paris Auto Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Looking down the long nose of the AMG GT S at the Paris Auto Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The nose of the AMG GT S is smoothed out and receives different headlights compared to the SLS (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The nose of the AMG GT S is smoothed out and receives different headlights compared to the SLS (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT S gets 265/35R 19s on the front and 295/30R 20s out back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT S gets 265/35R 19s on the front and 295/30R 20s out back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The GT's roofline has been smoothed out and made more fluid, now looking similar to Jaguar's F-type (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The GT's roofline has been smoothed out and made more fluid, now looking similar to Jaguar's F-type (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The interior of the AMG GT S is outfitted with the usual array of luxury sport amenities (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The interior of the AMG GT S is outfitted with the usual array of luxury sport amenities (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT S is outfitted with the usual array of sport luxury amenities (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The AMG GT S is outfitted with the usual array of sport luxury amenities (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The GT S runs a twin-turbo V8 capable of producing 510 hp and 479 lb.ft. torque to the rear wheels (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The GT S runs a twin-turbo V8 capable of producing 510 hp and 479 lb.ft. torque to the rear wheels (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The 2016 AMG GT S at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Mercedes says that its new AMG GT and GT S coupes signal a move into a new, top-class sports car segment for the company. Both cars are on display at the Paris Motor Show, which opened to the public on Saturday, and Gizmag stopped by for a closer look.

Officially unveiled last month, and loosely based on the iconic Gullwing from 60 years ago, the new AMG GT has stylistically changed slightly over its predecessor. The long hood and short two-seat cockpit configuration from the SLS are still in play, but the finishing move off the roofline to the bumper has been smoothed out and made more fluid. The car's lines running from the front wheel to the door edge have also received a new scalloped, flowing design treatment from Mercedes.

The AMG GT sports big 255/35R 19 tires up front and 295/35R 19s at the back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The AMG GT sports big 255/35R 19 tires up front and 295/35R 19s at the back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

But the big news for the AMG GT and GT S is the revised powerplant under the outstretched hoods. Using an all-new, 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, the GT variant produces 462 hp (345 kW) and 443 lb.ft (600 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels thanks to a 7-speed gearbox running a dual-clutch setup.

The GT S takes it a step further by upping the power figures to 510 hp (380 kW), while torque gets even more serious to the tune of 479 lb.ft (650 Nm). Those figures give the GT a running time of 0-62 mph (100 km/h) of only 4 seconds, while the GT S is a little quicker at 3.8 seconds.

The GT S with its rear wing in the deployed position (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The GT S with its rear wing in the deployed position (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

The GT receives big 255/35R 19 tires up front and 295/35R 19s at the back, and the GT S gets 265/35R 19s on the front and 295/30R 20s out back. A limited-slip differential will be standard on the GT to help keep power in check while the GT S has an electronically controlled differential configuration.

According to Mercedes-Benz the GT S will have an enviable power-to-weight ratio of 3.08 kg/hp, making it the best in its selected class thanks to a new aluminum spaceframe. The GT’s body and bodyshell are 93 percent aluminum, with a front module composed of super-light magnesium alloy.

The 2016 AMG GT S, which appears to be designed to go head-to-head with the likes of Porsche’s 911 and Jaguar’s F-Type, will go on sale around May of 2015 with a price point expected to be comparable with the aforementioned competition. The GT will go on sale at a later date.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

2 comments
David Priol
Mercedes like Porsche make some fabulous cars of both style and class. The other thing they have in common is that both makers have the worst taste in colours of just about any car makers in the entire history of the world. They would have been even better off listening to Henry Ford when he said, you can have any colour as long as it is black. That would have been an improvement on many of their current and past colour codes.... and some of the ones shown here are no exceptions. Why do you want to make a great fast car, look both tacky and less sporty!!!
Antony Stewart
any development in the motor industry, every new engine, is technological regression. it's like saying "we have developed a new kind of CRT screen!" even more performant!!!!