The new Mercedes AMG GT has been revealed, complete with an 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.
Set to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in early October, 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.
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 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.