The brand-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is still three months away from revealing its metal, but development of the sports car continues as the German manufacturer keeps bringing it back to the Nurburgring track. It’s the third time the AMG GT has been spotted on the iconic track, and its behavior suggests the Germans are getting closer and closer to obtaining the final production form.
Unfortunately, the sports car is still wearing its swirly disguise. The black and white camo has kept the car’s shape and details hidden from our eyes ever since Mercedes took it out for the first spin, so there’s not much we can gather in the visual department. Of course, the SLS AMG -like shape is obvious and some of the details have already been discussed and rendered .
What matters is that the AMG GT is busier than ever at the ’Ring, as company engineers and test drivers are busting their humps to find that magical recipe ahead of the official unveiling. And the stakes are high, because it will take a lot of skill and power to give the Porsche 911 Turbo a run for its money. Especially on the "Green Hell."
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We’ve seen the AMG GT lapping the Nordschleife before , but it appears a few things have changed since then. Granted, the swirly camouflage is still blocking our view, but the vehicle is driven closer to its limits and seems to act rather different on those tight curves.
Some new chassis and suspension tweaks are likely responsible for this behavior, but we have a feeling the Germans still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Stuttgart has at least two more months of development on its hands, so expect further improvement until the AMG GT breaks cover at the Paris Motor Show in October.
That’s still a long wait, but the AMG GT is shaping up, thanks to a bunch of teasers and details Mercedes has released recently. We already know that the sports car will carry a newly developed, 4.0-liter, V-8 powerplant under its hood. The unit benefits from twin-turbocharging, and cranks out 510 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. This small V-8 sits lower in the chassis, thanks to its advanced dry-sump oiling system, which lowers the car’s overall center of gravity and improves handling.
This output places the AMG GT right below the Porsche 911 Turbo , the competitor Mercedes-Benz was aiming right from the beginning. The Turbo’s 3.8-liter flat-six generates 520 ponies and we expect a heated battle between the two in terms of 0-to-60-mph acceleration and top speed. Of course, handling, fuel economy and pricing are equally important, but we won’t be able to compare those numbers until later this year.