• Everything You Need to Know About The Mercedes-AMG GT

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Every premium carmaker that has a history and a present in racing likes to translate some of the motorsport knowledge it possesses into a road car. Mercedes-Benz and subsequently Mercedes-AMG have done just that with the GT. Everything about the GT has been designed and developed with performance in mind, from the base model to the blistering fast Black Series. Here’s what you need to know about the AMG GT.

It packs 47-percent front, 53-percent rear weight distribution

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Just like in the SLS AMG, the AMG GT was designed with a transaxle-configuration seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (aka the AMG Speedshift DCT). This setup helps it attain the above-mentioned weight distribution. A mechanical rear-axle locking diff is offered as standard on the AMG GT, while the AMG GT S has an electronically-controlled rear axle differential. Both are integrated into the transmission housing.

The engine connects to the gearbox through a carbon-fiber shaft

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The V-8 inside the AMG GT (we’ll get to that in a bit) and the gearbox form a fixed unit as they’re connected by a torque tube. The tube is 1.71 meters (5.6 feet) long and is essentially a single piece of sand-cast housing. It also weighs under 27 kilos (59.5 pounds).

There’s a carbon-fiber shaft inside the tube, which rotates at engine speed. It tips the scales at just 3.9 kilos (8.6 pounds) and its job is to transfer up to 650 Newton-meters (479 pound-feet) of torque to the gearbox.

The AMG GT is made of aluminum, magnesium, and steel

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90-percent of the AMG GT’s spaceframe is built from aluminum components, which allows for a kerb weight of 1,540 kilos (3,395 pounds). The boot lid is made of steel and the front deck is all magnesium. As a result, the bodyshell alone tips the scales at just 231 kilos (509 pounds).

The magnesium deck reduces inertia ahead of the front axle, while the steel boot lid adds to the car’s torsional rigidity. AMG explains that a comparable aluminum boot lid would have been heavier. Oh, and the boot lid is also home to radio, telephone, and navigation reception aerials.

Drag coefficient of 0.365

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The AMG GT’s frontal area measures 2.13 square meters (23 square feet). Together with the drag coefficient, it generates a wind resistance of 0.78 square meters (8.4 square feet).

The engine is a "hot inside V" design

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At debut, the AMG GT’s 4-liter V-8 engine was good for 456 horsepower (AMG GT) and 503 horsepower (AMG GT S). Its two turbochargers were mounted inside the valley created by the cylinder banks for more compact packaging and a better center of gravity (i.e. closer to the road). The then-new M178 V-8 tipped the scales at 209 kilos (461 pounds) and got a dry sump lubrication setup. In typical AMG fashion, the engine inside each AMG GT is assembled by one technician, whose signature decorates the engine plate.

The AMG GT needs four seconds flat to go from zero to 62 mph, while the GT S completes the sprint in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 310 kph (193 mph) and 304 kph (189 mph), respectively.

Engine 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower 456 HP (GT)/ 503 HP (GT S)
0 to 60 mph 4.0 seconds (GT) / 3.8 seconds (GT S)
Top Speed 193 mph (GT) / 189 mph (GTS)

It can be fitted with huge ceramic brakes

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Available as optional equipment, the ceramic-composite braking setup comes with bronze-painted calipers (six-piston front, one-piston rear) and 402mm ceramic discs in the front and 360mm ceramic ones in the rear. The ceramic discs are 40-percent lighter than conventional composite discs and offer better fading resistance.

The AMG GT is also available as a roadster

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In the roadster, the boot lid isn’t made of steel anymore. Instead, AMG opted for a mix of SMC (sheet moulding compound) and carbon fiber. The Z-folding soft-top is built around a magnesium-steel-aluminum skeleton and it can open or close in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph).

There’s a track-optimized AMG GT R developed on the Nurburgring

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The AMG GT R is based on the same platform and engine as the regular AMG GT. However, power goes to 577 horsepower while torque hikes to 700 Newton-meters (516 pound-feet), there’s a new color to set it apart from its more mundane peers (AMG Green Hell Magno), and it also flaunts a new front grille design (called Panamericana). What’s more, the wheels are forged and the coil-over suspension setup has been designed specifically for the AMG GT R. And there’s a new four-wheel steering setup for extra agility.

Oh, and remember the carbon fiber torque tube of the standard GT? It in the GT R, it weighs 13.9 kilos (31 pounds).

Mercedes AMG GT R specifications
Engine Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 Biturbo with Dry-Sump Lubrication
Displacement 3,982 cc
Output 577 hp at 6,250 rpm
Peak torque 516 lb-ft at 1,900-5,500 rpm
Acceleration 0-60 mph 3.5 s (est.)
Top speed 198 mph

An even hardcore version based on the GT R exists: the AMG GT R Pro

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The AMG GT R Pro is a more aero-optimized version of the GT R. The Pro generates more downforce and packs lighter bucket seats and lighter wheels. What’s more, part of the optimizing pack are extra dive planes, a large splitter, carbon-fiber sway bar, and the carbon-fiber wing fitted with Gurney flaps.

All these tweaks allowed AMG GT3 race driver Maro Engel to complete a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife behind the wheel of a GT R Pro in 7:04.632. This lap time placed the AMG GT R Pro ahead of competitors such as the Nissan GT-R Nismo and Porsche 911 GT3.

Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO specifications
Displacement 3982 cc
Output 577 HP @ 6,250 rpm
Peak torque 516 LB-FT @ 2,100-5,500 rpm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.6 s
Top speed 198 mph

Yes, a Black Series AMG GT exists, too

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The V-8 inside the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series produces 720 horsepower. Speaking of which, the engine got a flat-plane crankshaft instead of the standard crossplane crank and its redline was lifted to 7,200 rpm. The Black Series’s turbos deliver up to 24.6 psi of boost and the hood, fenders, and tailgate are crafted out of carbon fiber.

With peak downforce rated at 880 pounds at 155 mph, the AMG GT Black Series is Stuttgart’s ultimate track weapon. To prove it, the beast faced the Nurburgring, where it set a 6:43.616 lap record, beating the former holder, namely Lamborghini’s Aventador SVJ, by 1.354 seconds. The GT R Black Series was driven by the same GT3 ace Maro Engel.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series specifications
Engine 4.0-liter V8 biturbo
Displacement 3982 cc
Output 720 hp at 6,700-6,900 rpm
Peak torque 590 lb-ft at 2,000-6,000 rpm
Drive Rear-wheel drive
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph 3.1 s
Top speed 202 mph

Q&A

How much is the Mercedes-AMG GT?

It depends on what version you’re talking. Prices for the entry-level 2021 AMG GT Coupe are yet to be announced, but the 2020 model
started at $115,900, with the GT Roadster demanding at least $127,900. However, the AMG GT Black Series is expected to cost north of $400,000, so that’s quite a wide price spectrum.

How fast is the Mercedes-AMG GT?

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has a top speed of 202 mph. It also needs just 3.1 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph.

How much horsepower does the AMG GT have?

Again, it depends on the model. The standard 2021 AMG GT has 523 horsepower, while the range-topping Black Series produces 720 horsepower.

Is the AMG GT the quickest Mercedes ever made?

Not really. Car and Driver tested the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan and found that it can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Of course, we’re talking about road-legal cars here, so the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car can’t be counted. However, at the time of writing, Mercedes-AMG was working hard to unveil the AMG One hypercar, which will probably become the quickest (and fastest) street-legal Mercedes ever made.

What does AMG GT stand for?

AMG stands for Aufrecht Melcher Grossaspach. The first two letters come from AMG founders Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. The third letter comes from Grossaspach, their birthplace. GT stands for grand tourer.

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