Mercedes Plans More Versions For The AMG GT
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT and GT S are two of the most exciting cars to come from the AMG arm since the company announced the SLS five years ago. At the L.A. Auto show, Car and Driver sat down with the man behind the AMG badge, Tobias Moers, to ask him about what else AMG might have coming down the pipeline. For starters he thinks the AMG GT is the pinnacle of his 20 years at AMG so far, and that now that the GT is coming out, the next car to get a work over is the new C63.
But things take a twist after that, with Moers giving up info on what is coming for the GT in the next few years. For starters he has reaffirmed that a Black Series car is coming, but he has confirmed that there will be drop top version as well. Still all things that we assumed, but it’s nice to have more confirmation. The real crazy news involves a car that will sit between the Black Series and the GT S. In Moers’ words, “Before the Black Series, there will be a nice car.” When asked if it would be a GT3 style racer, he shot that down discussing it as a difficult project, then he said to think of this new car as being a GT S Plus. It should be a little lighter, a little faster and a little more hard core, but without going so far as the Black Edition with crazy aero work and such.
Overall it is exciting see the boss of AMG so ready to keep pushing the new car farther and farther. Porsche’s 911 has proved what constant and incremental improvement can achieve. Let’s see if we can do the same thing with this new Mercedes coupe.
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Why it matters
When Mercedes unveiled the SLS it was more of a limited-edition supercar to prove that AMG had the muscle and talent needed to stand on its own. Now that AMG has successfully built a car all on its own, the SLS project is being shelved in favor of a more attainable and better-selling machine: the AMG GT. This is a car that is targeted squarely at the royalty of the sports car market. The Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette and Jaguar F-Type are all sitting in its crosshairs. If Mercedes wants to effectively attack these cars in the marketplace, it needs to offer the same type of variants and model ranges. You can get all three of those sports cars with engines of various sizes and power outputs as well as manual transmission options and roofless versions. The Mercedes-AMG GT needs to offer the same to be successful.
The Mercedes-AMG GT is the second clean-slate car to come from the tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz. It shares a similar design style as the team’s first car, the SLS, but it’s smaller, sharper and tuned for handling over comfort. It comes powered by AMG’s new, 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8. In base level trim this engine is good for 465 horsepower and 443 pounds of twist. In the faster GT S car, that engine has been turned up to 503 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque.