Mercedes AMG GT: price, specs and release date

29 Oct, 2014 2:58pm Luke Madden

The new 2015 Mercedes AMG GT supercar is on the way. Here's everything you need to know about the 503bhp V8 beast

The new Mercedes AMG GT is coming to showrooms very soon, 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.

The new sports car will be offered from launch in two flavours: the GT and the GT S. Both are powered by the same engine but where the GT gets a 456bhp version, the GT S is upgraded to 503bhp. 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.

Mercedes AMG GT price & release date

Officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, the AMG GT will go on sale at the start of 2015 with prices thought to be around £110,000 for the GT and £120,000 for the GT S.

Mercedes AMG GT Edition 1

Expected to cost in the region of £120,000 – £10,000 more than GT S – the Mercedes AMG GT Edition 1 is likely to arrive alongside the standard model next year and offer a more exclusive package to buyers.

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.

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.

Inside, there are some minor trim changes in the interior along with some extra equipment.

Mercedes AMG GT: technology

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.

Mercedes AMG GT interior

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.

Mercedes AMG GT: dynamics

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 an AMG Dynamic Plus package available for the GT S, which includes active engine and transmission mounts, which work independently of each other. “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 carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Do you think Mercedes can beat the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Porsche 911 Turbo with its new AMG GT? Tell us in the comments section below...

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The AMG GT will be revealed on 21st of July.

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