Mercedes is Cooking Up Something Big for the Next-Gen 2021 AMG GT Sports Car
AMG has yet to waste a single second when it comes to the GT sports car. It was introduced back in 2015 and, in that same year, we were also introduced to the GT S. Two years later, in 2017, AMG presented the GT c and GT 4, followed by the GT and GT C roadsters later on in that year, with 2018 being the introductory year for the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. It seemed like the onslaught would never end, but 2019 has been rather bland for the GT.
There’s a good reason for that, though, as AMG has been cooking up the next-gen GT as we’ve been sitting in the shadows without even the slightest hint. Now, we know that a next-gen GT is underway and scheduled for introduction in 2021, six years after its initial introduction back in 2015. This new generation GT won’t just be a minor evolution – here’s what you can expect.
The AMG GT is Great, but the Second-Gen Will Be Better
When the second-gen AMG GT goes on sale in 2021, it’s going to be a huge departure from the current model. From what we’ve learned so far, it will feature a 4.0-liter V-8, but that gasoline engine is set to be reengineered.
The current model produces 469 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, but there’s a good chance we’ll see those figures increase by at least 5 percent.
It won’t be all about the engine, though, as the entire driveline is being revamped with the engine itself being coupled to a mild hybrid system that will, without a doubt, provide some kind of performance boost.
The 2021 AMG GT’s transmission is getting a big overhaul and some models will, finally, be offered with a fully variable all-wheel-drive system. That means significantly better improvement, much more so than the current model as far as driving dynamics go. According to Autocar, who got its information from an anonymous source, the next-gen GT will feature electric boosting and a 48-Volt electric architecture that will dramatically increase torque output.
So much so, in fact, that the next-gen GT R will allegedly deliver up to 700 pound-feet of torque – more than the current GT63 4-Door Coupe that’s packaged with an M178 V-8 that’s good for 630 horsepower and 664 pound-feet with EQ boost in full effect.
The current GT R? It delivers a meager 577 ponies and 516 pound-feet. So, we’re talking about a potential increase of more than 180 pound-feet of torque for the GT R alone. This is big news.
|Engine||Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry-Sump Lubrication|
|Output||577 hp at 6,250 rpm|
|Peak torque||516 lb-ft at 1,900-5,500 rpm|
|Driven wheels||Rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission|
|Weight||3,428 lbs (Euro spec; US spec may vary)|
|Power-to-weight ratio||5.94 lbs/Horsepower (Euro spec; US spec may vary)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||3.5 s (est.)|
|Top speed||198 mph|
We’re told that the next-gen GT will, naturally, be offered as both a coupe and a roadster, but AMG isn’t looking to make the GT a plug-in hybrid as the overall packaging for the car essentially prevents it without causing dramatic ill-effects to performance and handling abilities. On the plus side, that newly designed transmission will solve the problem with acceleration experienced by the current GT and those new AWD models will include a drift function. The next-gen model should weigh some 400-500 pounds less than the current model.
While all of this sounds great, it should be noted that the new AMG GT is being developed in cooperation with Mercedes which will, not surprisingly, use a lot of the new GT’s tech in its successor to the Mercedes SL. This includes, namely, vital portions of the GT’s platform, driveline, and interior. This has helped to cut down the costs of developing the next mild-hybrid technology but at the same time will make both car’s quite similar in more than a handful of ways. The only real difference between the two sounds like the seating arrangement. The AMG GT will maintain its two-seat layout while the new Mercedes SL will adopt a 2+2 layout – let’s just hope it’s not a rebadged and modified E-Class Coupe – after all, the AMG GT 4-Door is nothing more than a more powerful and slightly altered CLA, right?
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