Mercedes AMG GT coupe shaping up

Mercedes AMG GT coupe
Credits: Christian Shulte
18 Feb, 2014 11:31am Paul Bond

The new Mercedes AMG GT coupe will rival the Porsche 911 and is said to be one of the prettiest Mercs ever

This is the new Mercedes AMG GT coupe, revealed in our exclusive picture (above). The new S-Class Coupe is poised to wow the crowds at Mercedes’ Geneva stand, but its bold design could soon be eclipsed by this new 911 rival.

At an event in Munich last week, Mercedes designer Gorden Wagener told Auto Express that the new AMG GT was “the most beautiful car that me and my team have ever worked on” he has been the boss of Mercedes styling since 2008, so in that list he is including the current SLS AMG Gullwing and CLS Shooting Brake.

Apparently the £80,000 two-seat sports car, which is due at the end of 2014, will take its cues from the 1952 Panamericana winning 300 SL. Although the AMG GT is also bound to include several cues taken from the current range, like full LED headlights and a wide single-bar front grille.

Wagener also told us at the event: “I think it will truly live with the most beautiful Mercedes cars in history. It’s all clean lines, very sculptural. When you see it, you’ll see that so many of the panels are totally unbroken.”

Our exclusive image shows how the GT could look, with a long bonnet and broad stance, with the same squat proportions as the outgoing SLS coupe and roadster.

There have been rumours surrounding the interior too, which say it will have the same huge air vents and touch pad controller as the next generation C-Class saloon.

It will be powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with around 480bhp, and Mercedes CEO Dr Zetsche told us: “I have driven it already, as you can tell from the smile on my face.” When asked if the 911 or the Jaguar F-Type would be the bigger rival, he said: “We are building a car with its own specific character – yes people might compare us with our neighbours in Stuttgart, but I think it will be very close between us.

Official images and details of the AMG GT are expected to arrive early this summer, just in time to go head to head with the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe and the most extreme version of the new Porsche 911 yet, the new GT3 RS.

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As Mr Cowell would say... It's a no from me.

Ugly.

Very nice car, real presence and purposeful looking. As a contender against Porsche heritage I am not so sure, maybe if it has the right driving characteristics.

Nice to admire, as I am unlikely to ever own one.

I know it is the current face of the Merc, but hoping it looks less awkward in real life/actual finished car (not AE renderings).

I LIKE! (Borat voice)

You can look at the spy shots and already tell it will look better than the render. For instance, the real car has more pronounced fenders, no creases on its profile, and slimmer headlights.

Mercedes hired the man responsible for tuning the 991 to lead engineering work on the GT AMG. Porsche is reported to be furious, but if it truly has Porsche dynamics, it'll be the best sports car Merc has ever done.

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