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Mercedes takes the wraps off AMG GT

Mercedes takes the wraps off A...
The AMG GT is Mercedes latest take on the supercar game
The AMG GT is Mercedes latest take on the supercar game
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The new AMG GT coupe debuts Mercedes' new twin-turbo V8
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The new AMG GT coupe debuts Mercedes' new twin-turbo V8
The GT's rear lights accentuate the car's width
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The GT's rear lights accentuate the car's width
The GT uses an aluminium spaceframe to keep weight down
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The GT uses an aluminium spaceframe to keep weight down
The GT's headlights borrow heavily from the brand's SL Roadster
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The GT's headlights borrow heavily from the brand's SL Roadster
Inside, the GT has four spotlight air vents atop the dash
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Inside, the GT has four spotlight air vents atop the dash
The GT S has a microfiber and leather steering wheel
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The GT S has a microfiber and leather steering wheel
The AMG GT is Mercedes latest take on the supercar game
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The AMG GT is Mercedes latest take on the supercar game
Man-made leather sport seats are standard on the GT
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Man-made leather sport seats are standard on the GT
The GT S comes standard with an electronically controlled limited slip differential
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The GT S comes standard with an electronically controlled limited slip differential
The GT debuts a new twin-turbo V8 for AMG
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The GT debuts a new twin-turbo V8 for AMG
The GT loses the SLS' gullwing doors
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The GT loses the SLS' gullwing doors
The GT makes 340 kW
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The GT makes 340 kW
The GT S produces 375 kW
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The GT S produces 375 kW
Up front, the car's wide air intakes grant it a great presence on the road
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Up front, the car's wide air intakes grant it a great presence on the road
The taillights use sequential LED indicators
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The taillights use sequential LED indicators
The car's frameless doors give it a classic coupe silhouette
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The car's frameless doors give it a classic coupe silhouette
The car's chassis should grant the car agile, sharp handling
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The car's chassis should grant the car agile, sharp handling

After months of teasing, Mercedes has finally revealed its new AMG GT sports car. Launched at AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach, the GT is powered by an all-new, twin-turbocharged V8, channeled through a dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox.

The AMG GT's 4.0-liter V8 engine will be available in two different versions. The standard GT produces 340 kW (456 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque spread between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm, which allows a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time of 4.0 seconds. The GT S gains an extra 35 kW (47 hp) and 50 Nm, for a 0-62 time of just 3.8 seconds. Peak power comes in slightly later in the S model, with the full 375 kW (503 hp) available from 6,250 rpm.

The GT debuts a new twin-turbo V8 for AMG
The GT debuts a new twin-turbo V8 for AMG

Top speeds also differ between the standard GT and the GT S – the GT is limited to 189 mph (304 km/h), while the GT S tops out at 193 mph (310 km/h). Despite all of its power, Mercedes claims the standard GT will return economy figures of 9.4 l/100 km (25 mpg).

Mercedes says the car will be characterized by "extremely agile handling" thanks to its 47-53 front-rear weight distribution and low center of gravity. Built on an aluminum spaceframe, the GT takes also takes advantage of aluminum in its double-wishbone suspension setup, which helps keep kerb weight to 1540 kg (3395 lb). Although that may seem light, its worth bearing in mind that a base Porsche 911 weighs just 1455 kg (3207 lb).

On top of the standard double-wishbone setup, the GT S comes standard with electronic dampers that allow drivers to choose between comfort, sport and sport plus modes. The GT S also has an electronic locking rear differential, and can be specced with dynamic engine and transmission mounts that allows for a comfortable ride when you're cruising but will stiffen up when the driver is going for it. The mounts are controlled by AMG's Active Chassis Controller, which can independently adjust the stiffness of the transmission and engine mounts.

Up front, the car's wide air intakes grant it a great presence on the road
Up front, the car's wide air intakes grant it a great presence on the road

If you're doing some serious track work, the GT and GT S are available with carbon ceramic brakes.The standard brakes are nothing to be sniffed at: the GT comes with 360 mm drilled brake discs all round and the GT S is fitted with larger, 390 mm front discs. If they won't suffice Mercedes will sell you ceramic discs measuring 402 mm up front, and 360 mm at the rear. The ceramic brakes will hold up better under prolonged periods of heavy use, and reduce the car's mass.

The GT comes standard with lightweight, 19-inch wheels that sit on 255/35 tires up front, and 295/35 at the rear. The GT S gains 20-inch rear wheels, which are shod in 295/30 tires, while the 19-inch fronts are wrapped in 265/35's. Lightweight forged alloys are also available, and the GT S can be specced with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

On the styling front, Mercedes has taken cues from its current lineup and applied them to a slinky, coupe body. The headlights borrow from the SL Roadster, but gaping intakes and frameless doors, broad shoulders and wide rear taillights give the car a character that is distinct from the rest of the Mercedes range. Unlike the outgoing SLS, the GT doesn't feature gullwing doors.

Inside, the GT has four spotlight air vents atop the dash
Inside, the GT has four spotlight air vents atop the dash

Inside, Mercedes has focused on giving the car a high-tech, luxurious feel. The dash is topped by a 7-inch screen, which sits above four "spotlight style" air vents. The standard GT features leather trimmed sports seats and a speedo marked to 320 km/h (199 mph). The GT S gets the AMG crest stamped on the center console, a steering wheel trimmed in leather and microfiber and a speedo marked to 360 km/h (224 mph).

Mercedes has not confirmed exactly when the car will be on sale, but expects order books to open in early 2015.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

2 comments
Bob Flint
More like Porsche every day, including the torque tube...
Michael Wilson
@ bob you're right. The shapes and lines invoke a mental image of the old 928 porsche. The powerplant actually seems a bit tame in comparison to some of the other offerings from AMG. I was expecting some massive 6 liter thing making huge noise. I guess even AMG has to trim it down somewhat these days. Nice car.