Rumors about the Mercedes AMG GT started as early as 2012, and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, as Mercedes and AMG have chosen the GT name for the sports car that comes to replace the aging SLS AMG as the company’s halo rig. Essentially the baby brother of the SLS, the AMG GT comes as a new competitor for the Porsche 911 just as we’re heading toward 2015. Compared to the SLS, the Mercedes-AMG GT is lighter and slimmer, making use of even more carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the GT is devoid of gullwing doors.
Less dramatic as far as design and power go, the GT also comes with a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Read on for the full details surrounding Stuttgart’s latest road-going "silver arrow".
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Needless to say, the front fascia also reminds me of the SLS AMG. A wide grille fitted with Mercedes’ new diamond pattern dominates the landscape, with beautifully shaped headlamps extending onto the fenders. Down below, a thin air dam makes up most of the apron, while large intakes are mounted on each side to help cool those large front brakes. The resemblance continues around back, but, much like its front end, the Mercedes-AMG GT’s rear fascia brings new styling cues into the equation. The thin taillights provide a great contrast to the beefy bumper and large exhaust tips. More importantly, the regular trunk lid of the SLS has been replaced by a larger lid that now incorporates the rear glass.Although smaller than the SLS AMG, the GT can be considered the former’s spiritual successor from a design point of view. The sports car’s lines are muscular and dramatic, two features that are more noticeable now that the veils have been lifted. Much like the SLS AMG and the iconic 300SL Gullwing, the GT is highlighted by its long hood, a short boot and a greenhouse that has been moved farther toward the rear.
Overall, the AMG GT is shorter than the SLS AMG, but at the same time it kept the latter’s wide and low stance. The design is not overly dramatic and it certainly doesn’t represent a significant departure from the SLS, but the AMG GT boasts that pure sports car emotion we expect from vehicles that can perform on the street as well as on the track.
Making the interior even more impressive is the motorsport-inspired center console and the AMG Drive Unit controls that are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout. Impressive and certainly unique!The Mercedes-AMG GT’s interior is downright impressive. The cockpit revolves around an "aviation design" theme that emphasizes the company’s lightweight and modern approach. The wide, wing-like dashboard, the central spotlight-style vents, and the concave-shaped door panels contribute to this impression. The low seating position and the tall center console further enhance the feeling you are entering the cockpit of a fighter jet rather than the cabin of an automobile.
Naturally, the AMG GT’s cabin is packed with the finest materials and boasts high-quality fit and finish. Acres of leather cover everything from the dashboard to the sports seats to the door panels. The black surfaces feature red contrast stitching, while nearly everything else is either aluminum or carbon fiber.
Forged aluminum pistons are fitted with ‘friction-optimized’ rings and the cylinder walls are covered with a NANOSLIDE coating for further friction reduction. A dry-sump oiling system keeps parts properly lubricated even when under extreme lateral Gs, and eliminates the need for a large oil pan. Without the bulky pan, Mercedes and AMG were able to lower the engine, decreasing the car’s overall center of gravity.Displacing 4.0 liters in a 90-degree, V-8 configuration, the aluminum block features a closed-deck design for added rigidity, while keeping its weight at only 461 pounds. The engine makes use of the innovated ‘Hot Vee’ configuration that routes the hot exhaust gases to the center Vee section, while the cool, fresh air is routed in from the outer sections of the cylinder heads. While it’s backwards from most conventional engines, it allows nearly instantiations pressure to the two turbochargers mounted within the Vee.
The four overhead cam shafts are fully variable in their timing and work with Piezo direct fuel injectors to deliver a precise amount of fuel for varying circumstances. The two turbochargers’ temperatures are kept in check by an indirect intercooling system with a low-temperature water circuit. The result is cooler air entering the engine at higher pressure. That combination helps the 4.0-liter V-8 generate its 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the top-level Mercedes-AMG GT S. The oomph translates into a 0-to-60 mph benchmark of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph, figures that place the range-topping AMG GT between the 911 Carrera 4S and the Turbo.
There’s also a lower-tier engine that develops 456 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque. The "lesser" GT is 0.2 seconds slower from naught to 60 mph and comes with a top speed of 189 mph.
|Mercedes-AMG GT S||Mercedes-AMG GT|
|Displacement||3982 cc||3982 cc|
|Output||503 HP @ 6250 RPM (6000-6500 rpm)||456 HP @ 6000 RPM|
|Max. torque||479 LB-FT @ 1750-4750 RPM (1750-5000 rpm)||443 LB-FT @ 1600-5000 RPM|
|Acceleration 0-60mph||3.7 s (preliminary)||3.9 s (preliminary)|
|Top speed||193 mph (310 km/h)||189mph (304 km/h)|
The Germans have also developed a new AMG Ride Control sports suspension with electronically controlled damping. This tech comes standard with the Mercedes-AMG GT S and can fitted as an option on the base model. Damping characteristics can be adjusted in the AMG Drive Unit or by using the three drive modes that come with the AMG Dynamic Select.Even though the GT promises to be quite the performer at the track, Mercedes and AMG have also focused on driving dynamics and comfort for long journeys. The sports car rides on a motorsport-sourced, double-wishbone suspension on the front and rear. The wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers are made entirely out of forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses and elastic movements, and improves cornering speeds. At the same time, the direct connection of the shock absorber on the rear hub carrier reduces vibrations and wheel load fluctuations.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT S will be priced from $129,900 when it goes on sale in the U.S in April, 2015. The base Mercedes-AMG GT will go on sale in the spring of 2016, but the pricing details are not yet available.
|Mercedes-AMG GT S||$129,900|