After going against an initial entry list of 12 cars and then inching past fierce rivals like the BMW M4 Coupe/M3 Sedan and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG GT was crowned winner of the 2015 World Performance Car Award. Mercedes-Benz was on a roll at the "World Car Awards 2015," winning three of the five categories. Voted by an an international jury of over 75 journalists, the Mercedes-AMG GT apparently won the hearts of most, whether in standard trim or as the GT S.

"Its on-road presence alone is almost enough to qualify it as a ‘Top 3’ finalist. But in addition to its ruggedly handsome looks it has an impressive spec sheet comprising biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, seven speed dual-clutch transmission, 456bhp (minimum)...and much, much more." noted the World Car Awards jurors.

As the second model to be developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG, the GT is largely based on a modified platform borrowed from its predecessor, the SLS AMG. While it’s shorter, lighter and about as fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT is much less expensive, being positioned in a lower segment. Its arch-enemy is the Porsche 911, but it also goes against models like the Jaguar F-Type R or the upcoming Maserati Alfieri. The U.S. 2015 lineup only offers the GT S version, which is packed with a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine with 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The less-powerful GT version will hit showrooms by the end of 2015, while the GT3-inspired hardcore model is expected to be unveiled in 2016.
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Why it matters

Even though it uses a redesigned version of the aluminum spaceframe found on the SLS AMG and an all-new powerplant, the Mercedes-AMG GT has managed to undercut its predecessor’s starting MSRP by almost 50 percent. Starting at $129,900, the model is priced between the Porsche 911 GT3 and its number one rival, the 911 Carrera GTS.

It represents a new chapter in Mercedes-AMG’s modern history, especially since it will evolve to an increased lineup, thus set to battle the 911 on more than one front. The Mercedes-AMG GT has ended Porsche’s three-year reign as World Performance Car winner. It remains to be seen if it will do the same when it comes to sales, since the 911 has been unmoved from its position for decades.

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Press Release

The MERCEDES AMG GT has been declared the 2015 World Performance Car during today’s press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum.

Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to the World Car Awards program – now in its 11th year. Mercedes-Benzpreviously won the inaugural 2014 World Luxury Car award for the S-Class. The company has also won two World Green Car awards: one for the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY in 2012 and for the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec in 2007.

The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen from an initial entry list of 12 cars from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists: today’s winner as well as the BMW M4 Coupe/M3 Sedan and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, "Driving Performance is our brand promise. The Mercedes-AMG GT has everything to live up to this promise: from its proportions and full-blooded motor sport technology to the optimal weight distribution. We are extremely delighted that the jury evidently shares our point of view".

The World Car Awards jurors observed: “Its on-road presence alone is almost enough to qualify it as a ‘Top 3’ finalist. But in addition to its ruggedly handsome looks it has an impressive spec sheet comprising biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, seven speed dual-clutch transmission, 456bhp (minimum)...and much, much more.”

Candidates for the World Performance Car award must demonstrate a specific and overt sports/performance orientation while satisfying the same availability criteria as for the overall World Car of the Year award. Candidates may be chosen from the World Car of the Year list of eligible vehicles, or they may be newly introduced variants that satisfy the same criteria, but are derived from existing rather than brand-new models. In all cases, they must have a minimum annual production rate of five-hundred (500) vehicles.

Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 75 top-level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.

Previous World Performance Car winners were three Porsche’s in a row: the 911 GTE in 2014, the Boxster/Cayman in 2013, and the 911 in 2012. Ferrari won the 2011 World Performance title for the 458 Italia while the Audi R8 V10 won in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.

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