The new Mercedes AMG GT is now available to order in the UK, complete with its SLS-inspired silhouette, a stunning design and a brand new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. It becomes the flagship sports car in Mercedes’ range but isn’t a direct replacement for the SLS, focusing instead on rivalling models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Jaguar F-Type R.
Officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, the full price list of the AMG GT has just been released.
The first models coming to the UK will be the 503bhp GT-S and Edition 1, starting at £110,495 and £122,745 respectively. They will be delivered to customers in April 2015.
The 'base' 456bhp GT model will start at £97,195. It is also available to order now, but won't appear in showrooms until late 2015, around six months after the GT S and Edition 1.
Options available to order include a ceramic composite braking system, at £5,995, and a Premium Pack with a reversing camera, a panoramic sunroof, a 640W Burmester sound system and keyless start. This will set you back £4,195.
All models are powered by an all-new dry sump 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 in two outputs. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the GT S able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and the GT taking two-tenths longer.
The more powerful car comes with a selectable exhaust as standard, allowing you to hear more or less of the V8’s growl depending on which mode the Dynamic Select system is in. Buyers can specify the system as an option on the standard GT.
The flagship Edition 1, on sale alongside the GT-S, offers a more exclusive styling package to buyers, as well as some extra equipment and uprated aero.
The most obvious changes over the GT S include a large fixed rear wing in place of the smaller retractable spoiler and there is also redesigned carbon fibre aero at the front. A deeper front splitter and more prominent side skirts will also feature on the Edition 1.
It also gets a set of gloss black wheels - 19 inch on the front, and 20 inch on the rear, unlike the GT-S wheels which are 19 inch all round. Inside, there's suede and leather-trimmed AMG sports seats with contrast stitching, and a textured 'black diamond' centre console trim.
The AMG GT Edition 1 is based around the same powertrain and suspension package offered on the range-topping GT S. That means the new 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged direct injection V8 will be fitted, developing 503bhp and 649 Nm of torque.
Underneath, the AMG GT is based around the same kind of aluminium spaceframe chassis as the SLS – albeit with 50mm cut out of the wheelbase. As a result the GT S weighs 1,645kg, which is 25kg less than the 911 Turbo and 5kg less than the F-Type R Coupe.
And it looks like Jaguar’s F-Type may have some competition when it comes to the title of most striking sports car on the market. The long bonnet, low glasshouse and powerful rear haunches are all SLS-inspired touches, but designers have chosen a more sweeping roofline – a design feature that was considered for the SLS before the flatter, retro-inspired design was picked.
The car in our pictures is the GT S, which is marked out from the standard GT by a front splitter finished in gloss black (it’s body-coloured on the GT) and a new GT S badge on the rear. Buyers can customise their GT further with a Chrome package, a Night pack and a lot of carbon fibre exterior parts.
The interior features the traditional AMG centre console, with two rows of buttons flanking the gear selector and a new touchpad borrowed from the new C-Class. There are some buttons in the roof as well, which will control the seat heating, hazard lights and the extendable spoiler. There are no back seats, but Mercedes says there’s a 350-litre boot – enough for two sets of golf clubs.
But if you’re buying your sports car for its handling rather than its carrying capacity, you’ll be pleased to know the GT comes with double wishbone suspension all-round and a locking differential. The GT S gets adaptive dampers, which can be switched through Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes using the AMG Dynamic Select system.
There’s also a £1,795 AMG Dynamic Plus package available for the GT S, which includes active engine and transmission mounts, which work independently of each other, and can be adjusted for feel or refinement. “The combination of selectively variable mounts and a transaxle drivetrain is unique,” said Jochen Hermann, Head of Overall Vehicle Engineering AMG.
Mercedes AMG GT buyers can further boost performance of their car through the fitment of optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.