2016 Mercedes-AMG GT
Horsepower @ RPM:465 @ 6000 (Est.)
Torque @ RPM:443 @ 1600
0-60 time:3.9 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:189 mph (Est.)
When it came time for Mercedes to replace the ageing SLS AMG, rumors began to swirl and, for a while, it was believed that the new car would be called the SLC. As it turns out, Mercedes-AMG decided to simply call the car the GT, and on top of the name switch, the SLS’ successor doesn’t even have the infamous gullwing doors. The car makes use of plenty of carbon fiber, which means it is lighter than the SLS, and it is also a bit smaller and nowhere near as dramatic or aggressive as the model it replaces. Inside, the interior is absolutely impressive, revolving around an aviation theme with a motorsport-inspired center console and the finest materials Merc and AMG could get their hands on. Under the hood, there is a 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers 456 horsepower in the standard model or 502 horsepower in the bonkers GT S.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT might not be quite as aggressive on the outside, but it sure packs a pretty dangerous punch in the power department. This baby was built with performance in mind, using things like Piezo fuel injectors, two turbochargers with indirect intercooling, and a power bottom end that has been “Friction-optimized” but the use of NANOSLIDE coating on the cylinder walls and piston rings.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT competes against the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Audi R8 V10, but does it really have what it takes to law down the law against the other Germans in this tight market? Take a look at our full review below and let us know what you think.
Updated 09/29/2015: Mercedes-AMG unveiled a new video highlighting the development process behind its new AMG M178 used in the AMG GT. Check it out to see the work required to craft an unstoppable engine.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is no longer the company’s flagship sports car, but a full lineup of vehicles. In three years, AMG not only developed a Roadster but also launched a higher performance coupe and a beefed-up convertible too. Oh, and it also created two different race cars based on the GT. In all, the AMG GT includes seven members, which is darn impressive. But Mercedes-AMG won’t stop here. Although rumors of a Black Series model have yet to be confirmed, recent spy shots suggest that such a version is indeed underway. And we might just see it in the metal in early 2019.
With the GT R in showrooms, a Black Series model might not make much sense, but Mercedes has plenty of room to either slot it between the GT S and GT R or place it above everything else as a range-topping model. The latter scenario is more likely, so we could get an AMG GT with close to 600 horsepower and built in a very limited run. We should find out more later this year, so make sure you stick around for updates. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review below.
Updated 11/12/2018: Our spy photographers caught the beefed-up GT R testing on public roads again! Check out the photos in the gallery section.
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Mercedes Invents the Nürburgring “4-Door Coupe” Record with the AMG GT 63 S
Nürburgring lap times are pretty damn important these days, with the top manufacturers duking it out at the Green Hell for bragging rights and a momentary spot in the limelight. Now, it looks like Mercedes is inventing its own record to grab more attention for the AMG GT 63 S.
Polish Automaker Mashes Together a Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Mercedes-AMG; Takes Heat From Ford
Did you ever lay in your bed late at night, eyes wide-open, dreaming about the resurrection of Warszawa? No? Well, it’s back regardless, in the form of one of the most bizarre Mustang-based coupes you’ll ever see.
KHM Motors started off with a 2016 Mustang GT which they tried to restyle in a way that would honor the first mass-produced car in Poland: the FSO Warszawa M20 based on the Soviet GAZ-M20 Pobeda. Upon first seeing the Pobeda you’ll first think "That’s a blatant copy of an American car from the ’40s!" and then wonder why KHM Motors chose a Mustang to honor the hunchbacked sedan.
After all was said and done Ford Europe wanted to make it clear that they had nothing to do with the car. Their response came after KHM misleadingly put the Ford logo on their website - a move that Ford saw as lawless while KHM saw it as "a sign of respect for the brand".
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A Cheaper Mercedes GT Coupe Is Here
Mercedes has unveiled the GT 43, an entry-level model that will sit below the GT 53, GT 63, and GT 63 S that were unveiled earlier this year. The GT 43 has the same engine as the GT 53, albeit with lower power. How much lower, you ask? Well, it’s still good enough to sweep you off of your feet.
Is this the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT R Black Series?
Introduced in 2015, the Mercedes-AMG GT is currently available in a variety of models with output ranging from the 456 horsepower of the base model to the impressive 577 horses of the range-topping GT R. But AMG isn’t stopping here. According to recent rumors, a Black Series model is underway, and we just received the first spy shots of the sports car.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster
Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT has proven to be a worthy successor to the SLS AMG, despite being a bit smaller and rivaling the awesomeness that is the Porsche 911. Since it’s debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the AMG GT has spawned many versions, including S, C, R, and Roadster versions. Limited to just the coupe model for now, the GT R will soon get a drop-top variant.
First launched for the 2017 model year, the GT Roadster made its debut in base trim, with a GT C version added soon after that. More recently, Mercedes-Benz also launched a GT S Roadster model, leaving the GT R the only trim that has yet to go topless. Rumors about a GT R Roadster have been flying around for a few years and it seems that the Germans are finally preparing a debut. The GT R Roadster was spotted recently on public roads and it appears it’s just as hot as the coupe.
Updated 08/17/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT R out for a first testing session.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Creative Bespoke & ADV1 Wheels
As far as Mercedes-AMG GT goes, the S version may be the optimal one. Its power level doesn’t start with the number four, but with five, and it does come with a bit more gear from the get-go compared to the entry-level AMG GT. No wonder, then, that it is one of the most popular options for tuning companies. Creative Bespoke from the U.S. included. They revealed their own tuning take on the Mercedes-AMG GT S, and it is rad, mad, and powerful.
Ever since Mercedes-AMG revealed the GT, Prior Design has been in a constant state of innovation trying to better an already exceptional machine. Numerous Prior Design body-kits and additions found their way onto the sexy body of the AMG GT with the last one revealed only days ago. Called the PD700 GTR, one would think that Prior Design worked on the engine and uprated the 4.0-liter, V-8 to 700 horsepower, however, they did not disclose any information confirming this. Considering the fact that Prior gave similar names to a number of its body-kits and they did not actually uprate the power of the engine, I will say that this cool widebody monster uses the same 522 horsepower, 4.0-liter as the stock car. Nothing wrong there.
Apart from really important SUV debuts, the first six months of 2018 saw the introduction of some astonishing cars as well. We had it all, from electric supercars to coupe-like performance sedans and standard, but revolutionary sedans.
This year is seeing a smart shift in car development thinking. Obviously, companies have to reinvent their business model and offer the world something unique. This led to the introduction of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, the fantastic Volvo S60 which you don’t have to buy but subscribe to it as you do with Netflix, and the super fast luxury GT that’s as mad as the 812 Superfast – the DBS Superleggera. Then there is the Rimac C_Two – a car that basically showcases the growth of a young car company. Thanks to technology wonders, we can basically watch the company development live. And, the Rimac C_Two was their Rumble in the Jungle moment. These are this year’s six most thrilling debuts so far.
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster
Unveiled in 2014 as a spiritual successor for the SLS AMG and a competitor for the Porsche 911, the Mercedes-AMG GT has already spawned a number of different versions and even received a facelift in 2017. Come 2018, and the AMG GT family expanded yet again with the addition of the AMG GT S Roadster. The third roadster in the lineup, the GT S Roadster is also the ninth member of the two-door GT family, joining four coupes and two race-spec models. With Mercedes-Benz having also launched three four-door model in 2018, the AMG GT family now includes no fewer than 12 cars!
Much like in the coupe range, the AMG GT S Roadster slots above the AMG GT and below the GT C Roadster. The latter is very similar to the GT R coupe, but with a slightly less powerful engine. Much like the hard-top model, the GT S Roadster has a sportier drivetrain and also benefits from the facelift that added 15 horsepower and ten pound-feet of torque to the GT S coupe in 2017. Granted, the AMG-GT S Roadster is far from new, but it enables Mercedes-Benz to provide its customers with a choice of three open-top two-seaters.
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Video of the Day: Watch the 6x6 Devel Sixty Devour a Mercedes-AMG GT S and a Mercedes G-Wagon
In one lane we have the 2018 Devel Sixty, and in the other, the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The Sixty delivers 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque from a 6.7-liter turbodiesel while the GT S delivers a cool 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It’s a tough showdown on paper considering the three-axle Sixty is worlds heavier than the GT but what happens when they actually lineup next to each other? Well, let’s just say that the GT S limps home with a tear in its eye. Oh, and for the record, it was a bad day for Mercedes as the G-Wagon also had a go at the Sixty and it didn’t stand a chance either. With that in mind, go ahead and check out the video below
2019 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door - Edition 1
The AMG GT 4-Door Coupe may be little more than a slightly revised Mercedes CLS with some extra power, but it’s been received pretty well across the board and is considered a stand-alone AMG model. With all of the hype surrounding the car and AMG fanboys begging Mercedes to take their money, it should come as no surprise that AMG is set to offer the 4-Door in Edition 1 trim. It’s said to offer extra individualization and is based on the GT 63 S 4Matic+ — the range topper of the 4-Door lineup. It includes a number of aerodynamic enhancements to go with some exterior extras and some finer interior appointments. So, let’s find out what the Edition 1 is all about.
Video of the Day: Shmee150 Discusses What it Really Costs to Daily Drive a Supercar
Most people never get the chance to get behind the wheel of a car like the Mercedes-AMG GT R the Porsche 911 GT3, or the Ferrari 812 Superfast, let alone drive one on a daily basis. That means that it’s hard for us to understand or comprehend the outright cost of daily driving one of these works of art. Even doing something like buying new tires can set you back the cost of a Honda Civic and you better hope you don’t get a ding or a scratch in the paint because you’re going to pony up big time to make it look right again. Even simple things like oil changes and filter changes cost fast in excess of what you and I are actually used to. With that in mind, take a look at the video below and listen to what Shmee has to say about his experience with daily driving high-end cars like the AMG GT R and 911 GT3. It will certainly put things into perspective for you!
Will Mercedes-AMG Take on the Porsche Cayman with a Stand-Alone Compact Sports Car?
Mercedes-AMG has stepped into something big with the release of the AMG GT. After all, that car has spawned a handful of different models including the most recent GT 4-door Coupe. Now, it looks like Mercedes may have the Porsche Cayman in its sights, and it’ll take it on with a stand-alone small sports car.
Mercedes-AMG Refuses to Build a Black Series SUV; Says No to a Black Series AMG C63 Too
Mercedes-AMG’s Black Series Moniker has been traditionally reserved for two-door cars, and Tobias Moers – the man in charge of AMG – has finally admitted that there will be no SUV bearing the Black Series name. Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits, we say, but with that in mind, there’s also some bad news as well. Now that the AMG GT is here to reign supreme, AMG won’t be making another Black Series edition of the C63 Coupe either.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Formula 1 Safety Car
Developed as a replacement for the iconic SLS AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT has been around since 2014 and has already made a name for itself on the sports car market. Already available in a variety of versions and body styles, the AMG GT also made its debut on the race track, being offered in both GT3 and GT4 specifications. Starting in 2015, it also became the official Safety Car of the Formula One championship, being used in AMG GT S guise for three seasons. Come 2018, and the FIA upgraded its safety vehicle to AMG GT R specs, thus employing the range-topping model to lead the pack.
The 11th Mercedes-Benz vehicle to pace Formula One since 1996, the AMG GT R is also the most powerful safety car in Formula One history. The AMG GT R takes over from the AMG GT S, which was used since 2015, and joins a long list of AMG vehicles that were used over the last 23 years, including the SLS AMG, SL63 AMG, SLK55 AMG, CL55 AMG, and the C63 AMG. The AMG GT R Safety Car made its debut at the Australian Grand Prix on March 25 and will be used throughout the 2018 season, which ends on November 25.
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Now That Mercedes Has Launched the AMG GT 4-Door, the AMG GT Black Series Will Follow by 2020
Mercedes just released its AMG GT 4-Door Coupe at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, bringing high-end German power to play in an elegant four-door package. Exciting stuff for AMG fans, no doubt, but now there’s even more good news, as Australian website Car Advice is reporting that the Afflaterbach-based performance company is developing a new GT Black Series behind closed doors. Destined to slot above the current AMG GT R monster machine, the up-and-coming Black Series is expected to arrive in just a few years’ time.
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Pops’ Rants: Lazy Car Design Auto Show Edition
Oh wow, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show was so much fun. So many concept cars that won’t make it into production, so many supercars that we can’t buy. Scratch that, and we’re left with the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60, Toyota Yaris, and some special-edition models that aren’t all that special. Oh wait, this year’s show was also about quite a few good examples of laziness in the design department. Nissan takes the cake with two different cars, but Mercedes-Benz also made the list with its latest performance car.
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe vs Mercedes CLS: Here’s What Sets Them Apart
Rumored for more than two years now, the four-door version of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car finally broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. However, it turns out that the GT 4-Door is exactly a sedan version of the already popular coupe. The four-door model not only uses a different platform that the sports car — based on that of the midsize E-Class — but it also looks a bit different front and rear. While this isn’t necessarily an issue, the fact that it’s very similar to the recently unveiled CLS has ignited some debate on whether Mercedes-Benz was a bit lazy in the design department.
Granted, the two cars are far from identical, but there aren’t many differences to talk about inside and out. That’s why we decided to bring them side by side for a proper comparison. Of course, with the AMG GT 4-Door being the more performance-oriented model, a proper comparison isn’t possible, but fortunately, both models come in "AMG 53" spec. Let’s have a closer look at what sets them apart on the outside, inside the cabin, and under the hood in the comparison below. Does it make sense for Merc to offer both? Leave your comments in the box below.
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2018 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show
We went a little gaga in our list of the best debuts from the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show, including no less than five honorable mentions in addition to our regular list of five winners. But, as is tradition, we must now don our collective troll faces and single out those rides that not only failed to make the cut, but also elicited our ire and dismay. So read on for our list of the Worst In Show from Switzerland this year, and don’t forget to post your opinion in the comments!
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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
AMG might be responsible for Mercedes’ most-powerful and appealing models, but the high-performance brand has yet to use its full potential as a car manufacturer. Sure, the Affalterbach-based division brought us the awesome SLS AMG, and more recently, the AMG GT, but it hasn’t developed more than one stand-alone vehicle at a time. Until 2018, when Mercedes-AMG launched the GT 4-Door, a four-door, four-seat version of the AMG GT sports car. Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it’s the brand’s highly anticipated competitor for the Porsche Panamera, and it includes the most powerful GT-badged model ever.
The company’s plans to develop a high-performance four-door became more than obvious at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG GT concept. The show car also confirmed that the sedan will be based on the AMG GT in terms of design, but still feature some of the more traditional Mercedes cues seen on the regular sedans. The concept was pretty much a mash-up between the AMG GT sports car and the CLS four-door coupe, attributes that also made it on the production model. Let’s find out what Merc’s new performance sedan is all about in the review below.
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The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is Here, and it’s Basically a CLS With More Power
The wait is over and the AMG GT Sedan – oops, I mean 4-Door Coupe – is finally here. It hits the scene in three different trim levels with the GT 53 being the baby of the bunch followed by the GT 63 and GT 63S. It delivers anywhere between 429 horsepower and 630 horsepower, with the GT 53 using being the only one of the three to get an inline-six and is considered a mild hybrid. The exterior is exactly what you’ve seen before, as long as you’ve seen the CLS, but there are a few tweaks to differentiate the two on the outside while the inside gets the traditional GT-style cabin, dash and 12.3-inch display screens included
Leaked! Mercedes-AMG GT4 Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Debut
The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show is just about here, but some folks simply can’t wait. Such is the case with this leaked image of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4, which got posted to Carscoops just one day before the big event.
Shown in the front three-quarters view, the image depicts what appears to be a large, fixed rear wing, while up front there’s a rounded Panamericana grille with vertical dividing slats. The side intakes are huge, and there’s a chrome outline for the lower intake. Up top is a coupe-like curve for the roof, while the wheels get black spokes with a polished lip, under which are enormous yellow brake calipers. LED lighting can be found at both ends. The paint looks like a matte black finish, which is highly suggestive of the performance potential lying in wait. Speaking of which, this new AMG machine is believed to boast a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 under that muscle-bound hoodline, possibly with the addition of an electric motor to make over 800 horses. We’d also expect some top-shelf opulence inside the cabin, taking cues from the latest E-Class and CLS.
The four-door could be seen as a replacement for the CLS63 AMG, and will run against competitors from Audi, BMW, and Porsche. Tune in tomorrow for the latest, when it’s possible this fire-breather will debut alongside a less-potent, de-winged version.
Mercedes Shows Off Some "Official" Spy Shots of the Upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT4
Mercedes-AMG is reportedly debuting the GT4 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.That appears to be inevitable given how much the performance sedan has been in the headlines in recent weeks. Recent spy shots of the car doing test runs have surfaced in recent weeks. Now, Merc’s performance sedan is stoking the fire even more with new glam shots of the GT4 dressed up in the same Wildfire camo wraps as the test prototypes. The four photos don’t reveal much, but they probably don’t need to at this point. With the car’s debut coming, these new photos are all about adding more buzz to a car that probably doesn’t need it anymore.
The Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT was Spied looking Sexy as Hell in Red
The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is coming, and it’s looking more and more likely that we’re going to see the performance sedan in full presentation mode at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. But, ahead of its banner unveiling, the AMG GT4 was spotted yet again doing some test runs. This time, AMG left little to the imagination when it sent out the GT4 wearing nothing but a thin red camouflage. If the GT4 is headed to Geneva as many of us expect, consider these new spy photos as the start of the sedan’s countdown towards Geneva.
Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist
The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?
Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.
In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe’s Supercars
Chevy just unveiled its incredible new Corvette ZR1 over the weekend, and while we have yet to get every single nitty gritty detail, our first look at the spec sheet reveals that yes, this thing is indeed a complete and utter monster. It’s a bit like the Z06 – that is, if the Z06 trained like it had the Superbowl on Sunday and a championship MMA fight on Monday. All told, the ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful production car Chevy has ever created, with all the right equipment needed to make it a full-fledged supercar. And when you consider that, it makes sense Chevy first pulled the sheets in a private event in Dubai, a town that could very well lay claim to the title of supercar capital of the world (seriously, just check out the Dubai police force!). So then, the question is this – how does the ZR1 fair when challenged by Europe’s idea of a supercar?
To find out, we’ve put together the following comparison, which will dive into the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and chassis specs of the ZR1 to see how it lines up. Playing the part of the rivals is the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Mercedes-AMG GT S, each of which carries some serious weight in the world of top-shelf performance (not to mention a top-shelf price tag as well). Can the ‘Vette rebuff the European onslaught? Read on to find out.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo by IMSA
With just over 500 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is far from what you or I would consider a supercar. It’s got some burn to it, sure, but it’s not going to win any races when you line it up against the Lamborghinis and Ferraris of the world. Imagine, then, what kind of program it would take for the AMG GT S to have the muscle for that action. Well, stop imagining because it’s actually come to life, all thanks to the fantastic folks over at IMSA. For your enjoyment, folks, I present to you the Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo by IMSA.
Now, this is what a fully realized AMG GT S is supposed to look like. It may not be as sexy as its big bro, the AMG GT R, but it sure does make up for it in extra girth and muscle. That transformation was achieved in large part because of the work put in by the German tuner. There’s plenty to discuss here, including the steps by which IMSA was able to not only visually transform the AMG GT S. but increase power and performance to reach certified supercar territory.
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Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT’s Turbo Layout
Many modern automakers use turbocharging to create more power from an engine without negatively affecting fuel economy during mundane driving. Most turbochargers can be found bolted to the exhaust manifold and hanging off the engine’s side. While economical to engineer and produce, this turbo layout can be less efficient due to extra-long plumbing, which causes the dreaded turbo lag. However, a few automakers employ what’s called a Hot V engine layout that’s designed to nearly eliminate turbo lag while also making it easier to ingest cooler air into the combustion chambers.
How does it work? Well, Engineering Explained takes a deep look at how Mercedes-AMG uses a Hot V design on its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the GT.
Long story short – a Hot V engine uses reverse-flow cylinder heads that pull cool air from two separate intake manifolds mounted on the outside of the engine and expel the hot exhaust towards the inside of the engine’s V. Basically, the intake and exhaust manifolds trade places. This allows the turbochargers to be mounted within the engine’s valley and very close to the exhaust ports. The advantage is reduced turbo lag thanks to the close proximity of the turbo’s compressor wheel to the combustion chamber. Reduced turbo lag directly translates to improved throttle response and a near-instant gain in boost.
Aside from that benefit, a Hot V design also keeps intake temperatures cooler. This happens because the intake manifolds are located on the outside of the V where ambient airflow is greater and heat soak is less prevalent. A reduction in intake temperatures means cooler air. Cooler air is denser and can therefore provide more oxygen to the combustion process, thereby improving the engine’s power output.
Mercedes is only one automaker to use the Hot V design. BMW uses it on its modern twin-turbocharged V-8s like in its M products, Audi’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 uses it, and the Porsche 918 even has a Hot V despite it not having turbos. Ferrari even used a Hot V design in its Formula 1 engine from 1981 to 1984, 1.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. Sports car fans might be surprised to hear both Ford and General Motors uses Hot V designs on their V-8 turbodiesels. Yep, both the 6.7-liter Power Stroke and 6.6-liter Duramax have their turbochargers mounted up top.
Mercedes-AMG GT Family Gets Power Boost For 2018
The Mercedes-AMG GT sports car family has grown to include no fewer than five road-going models in two years, and it’s now getting an upgrade for the 2018 model year. If it sounds familiar it’s because this update was announced a few months back, but Mercedes-Benz just confirmed that the revised design features and boosted drivetrains will make it to the U.S. for 2018. Or we could say that it has been reissued to remind us all that the AMG division is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.
In case you haven’t been following us lately, the highlights for this upgrade include an AMG Panamericana grille and an active air management system for all versions of the sports car. Mercedes also introduced new output variants for the 4.0-liter V-8, ranging from 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist. On top of that, each model gained specific improvements in the chassis department.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT4
Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is the company’s latest halo sports car and replaces the SLS AMG in the lineup. However, the [AMG GT is smaller than its predecessor and aimed at a slightly different market niche, having been developed as a competitor for the Porsche 911. The sports car was also used to introduce AMG’s brand-new engine, a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Launched in GT and GT S variations, the two-door gained higher performance GT R (coupe) and GT C (roadster) models, as well as a GT3-spec race car version in 2016. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a second race car based on the AMG GT, this time around in GT4 specification.
If you’re not familiar with the GT4 class, it’s a less powerful, more affordable version of GT3 and it’s mostly dedicated to amateur drivers. The cars are also equalized in order to allow driving skill to become key. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 was optimized for a wide range of championships, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge in the U.S., the Blancpain GT Series Asia in Asia and the Australian GT Trophy in Australia. In Germany, the VLN endurance racing championship, and the Nürburgring 24-hours are the series that will see new race car in action. The GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup are among the international GT4 series that Mercedes developed the AMG GT4 for.
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes
Let’s say you’ve got a solid six-figures burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re looking to get out on the track for a little turnin’ and burnin’. Sure, why not? But here’s the catch – whatever you bring to the pits has to make its way back home as well, and without a trailer to boot. Luckily, there are options aplenty these days that fit the bill, with a rash of barely street-legal track stars making headlines with ever-increasing levels of presence, poise, and performance. But which to pick?
Never fear, because we’ve got five of the best lined up for your reading enjoyment right here. Each can be driven on the street and each offers some modicum of comfort. However, the emphasis here is clear – speed, and loads of it, with apex-hungry suspension and tons of power under the right pedal. Restrictions for this list include a maximum of two doors and a price tag around $150,000, but we tried to stay flexible on that latter bit to keep things interesting. As such, we’ve included the Acura NSX, Audi R8, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, and Porsche 911 GT3. Which is your track-ready sports coupe of choice? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget the bench racing.
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First Drive: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S
The Mercedes-AMG GT has only been around since 2016, so most would still consider it a new model. Nothing changes for 2017, either, but that’s just fine. The GT can be had in three forms: GT, GT S, and GT R. No, not Nissan’s GT-R; take note of the missing hyphen. Regardless of trim, the GT represents Mercedes-AMG’s hottest and most potent model. It’s certainly a worthy successor to the SLS AMG and its gullwing doors. I recently got behind the wheel of the 2017 GT S at the famed Circuit of the Americas Formula One track outside Austin, Texas during the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Springtime Auto Roundup. A quick lap around the 3.4-mile course is all it takes to solidify the GT S a something well beyond the average sport coupe.
See, the GT S gets a healthy 47-horsepower boost over the standard GT, giving it a full 503 horses at 6,250 rpm. The power comes from Mercedes-AMG’s hand-built, 4.0-liter biturbo V-8. The torque figure isn’t a letdown, either, at 479 pound-feet. All this in a coupe weighing less than 3,700 pounds. As you can imagine, performance is next-level. The sprint to 60 mph only takes 3.7 seconds despite only the rear wheels putting down traction, and its top speed lives just short of 200 mph. What’s more, Mercedes-AMG brought a fully loaded GT S to sample – fitted with AMG Dynamic Plus Package, the AMG Aerodynamics Package, and the AMG Carbon-Ceramic brakes. This trifecta of add-ons give the GT S a huge advantage on the racetrack. So how’d it handle? Keep reading to see.
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Sedan Style Battle – Mercedes-AMG CLS Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT4
Look, we get it. You want it all – mouth-watering good looks, endless comfort, space for four, and world-cracking performance. We’re the same way. That’s why Mercedes started building models like the AMG CLS 63, a “four-door coupe” with enough chutzpah to roll up on top-dollar sports cars like it’s nothing. However, word has it Merc and AMG are cooking up a new take on that old recipe with something called the GT4, a high-powered sedan capable of challenging the likes of the Porsche Panamera GTS and Aston Martin Rapide S. We think it’s a swell idea, and even went to the trouble of putting together a rendering of what it’ll look like. Problem is, we did the same thing for the upcoming third-gen AMG CLS 63. That means it’s time for a showdown.
As such, we did a little digging to find out what inspired these two models, and put them side-by-side to see which comes out in a battle of style. Both look mean, sleek, and like they’re doing three times to speed limit just standing still. The question is – which looks the best?
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R
Unveiled to the public at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a two-seat sports car designed to replace the SLS AMG. However, the new coupe is smaller than its predecessor, and unlike the SLS, it was developed as a rival for the Porsche 911. The GT is also the first AMG to use the new "Mercedes-AMG" nomenclature and the first model to make use of the new twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Just like the SLS, the AMG GT spawned a GT3-spec race car and will also receive at least two higher performance versions.
One of them is the GT R and was unveiled on June 24, 2016 at the Brooklands track in England, where the sports car was driven by both Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, and Lewis Hamilton, reigning Formula One world champion with the German brand.
"With the new AMG GT R, we have reached the next level of driving performance. This road-going sports car with motor-racing genes and innovative technical solutions offers an ultimate driving experience that allows people to feel our motorsport origins in every fiber. It combines the driving dynamics of our AMG GT3 racing car with the everyday practicality of the AMG GT," said Moers.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R is the third member of the AMG GT family and the most powerful version of the sports car as of June 2016. It will go on sale in November 2016 with deliveries to commence in March 2017. Until then, let’s have a closer look at Mercedes’ rival for the Porsche 911 GT3.
Updated 04/06/2017: Mercedes announced U.S. prices for the 2018 AMG GT R which will be put on sale later this summer.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept
It’s been known for quite some time now that Mercedes-AMG had its eye on releasing a four-door performance saloon that would compete against the popular Porsche Panamera. It took some time, but the car finally showed its face at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, albeit in concept guise. Called the AMG GT Concept, the four-door coupe was unveiled as a preview model for the upcoming production version that’s expected to arrive in the next few years.
The significance of the AMG GT Concept isn’t limited to the car simply being a production preview of the yet-to-be-named Panamera fighter. The model is also the latest in a growing family of AMG GT models that’s shaping AMG as a legitimate performance brand that’s slowly gaining independence from Mercedes-Benz. So yes, the AMG GT Concept is a big deal in a lot of ways, as it should be considering Mercedes has some claim to pioneering the performance the four-door saloon market when it first launched the CLS-Class back in 2004.
The times are sure different now as the segment has evolved into a pretty competitive one with the likes of the Porsche Panamera, BMW 7 Series, Maserati Quattroporte, and even the Tesla Model S all making legitimate claims for themselves as worthy options. But don’t sleep on Mercedes returning to form and reclaiming its top spot in this segment. It may do so under a different name, but rest assured, the AMG GT Concept, or at least the production version of it, is going to pick up the fight for the Silver Arrows once it arrives. We’re getting a good look at what we can expect from Mercedes-AMG; now we wait and see for the production model to arrive.
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The secret about the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar came out a long time ago, and we even put together a rendering of it back in 2015. Since then, we’ve gotten little bits of information that included the prospect of F1 powertrain technology. It could be branded as an “EQ” model, and we’ve even seen what could have been a model of said hypercar in a press release in late January 2017. Now, we’re finally getting some more detailed information from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers via TopGear.com about the upcoming hypercar.
As we’ve already known, the car will use some F1-derived powertrain technology, but this will be the most direct iteration of F1 technology in a road-going rocket on wheels thus far. Mercedes-AMG is taking its 1.6-liter F1 engine, and transplanting it complete with an 11,000 rpm rev limit. It will use all of the same electric components as well, including the crank motor, split turbo, and electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and the battery that will power all of the electronics? Yup; that’s all F1 technology too. Moers declined to tell TopGear what kind of performance figures to expect, but word has it that it will output somewhere around 1,000 horsepower
As far as top speed and all of that goes, Moers isn’t that concerned, telling TG, “I’m not saying it’s the fastest road car ever, I’m not chasing top speed, I don’t want to put any numbers on the table.” The reasoning behind this is that Moers wants a car that can be driven on the road, so it won’t actually be track-focused: “My task is to make it a car you can use every day. You don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas, you don’t need anything, you just push the button, it fires up, and you drive away. That’s a challenge.”
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Mercedes-AMG GT Concept Is the Beefed-Up, 4-Door Sports Car You’ve Been Asking For
The relatively new Mercedes-AMG GT sports car has already spawned numerous iterations, including convertibles, the track-ready R, as well as a race-spec model, but the German brand still has big plans with the nameplate. In the rumor mill for a couple of years, the four-door version has just been confirmed by a new concept car that Mercedesconvertibles, just unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
While the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept name might not say much — or it may lead you to believe it’s another version of the coupe — it is in fact not just a four-door model, but also one that uses electricity to move about.
A quick glance is enough to understand why it bears the "AMG GT" badge. The sedan is obviously based on the coupe and share many styling features with the two-door. However, the design language has been upgraded to better suit a Mercedes sedan, which has to be elegant above anything else.
Up front, both the grille and the bumper are closely related to the coupe, but the headlamps are slimmer and stretch toward the wheelarches instead of having the sweptback design seen on the regular AMG GT. The car’s profile is obviously longer due to the extra two door, but the roof line is pretty sleek and resembles that of a coupe. I’d say it’s somewhere between the CLS and the CLS Shooting Brake, as it doesn’t leave much room for a decklid, but it’s not a wagon either. Around back, both the taillights and the trunk lid are heavily based on the AMG GT, but the bumper seems more massive. Underneath, there’s a carbon-fiber diffuser with a massive exhaust pipe in the middle.
All told, while it comes in a four-door sedan configuration, the concept is by no means mundane and it’s comparable to the coupe in terms of aggressiveness. But unlike other concepts, it’s menacing looks are backed by an impressive drivetrain and mind-blowing performance.
Bearing the new "EQ Power+" designation that Mercedes introduced with the latest Formula One car, the AMG GT Concept pairs the existing twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a powerful electric motor. There’s no specific information about either of them, but Mercedes says that the combo generates up to 600 kW, which converts to a whopping 804 horsepower. That’s 348 horses more than the base AMG GT coupe and 227 horsepower more than the range-topping GT R. The concept is also around 130 horses more powerful than the newly launched Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which speaks volumes of what Mercedes wants to achieve in this niche. More impressively, AMG expects the sedan to hit 60 mph from a standing start in less than three seconds. That’s supercar-like acceleration right there!
Of course, there’s more to talk about beyond the powerful drivetrain, but we’ll take a closer look at the concept car in our upcoming review.
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Tomorrow We’ll See a Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT, but Why?
The four-door coupe niche is a small one, but some people love the idea, and it seems as if it is slowly starting to take off. BMW has the 4 Series and 6 Series Gran Coupe here in the U.S. Maserati has the Quattroporte, Porsche has the Panamera, and Audi is about the drop the A5 and S5 Sportback models into the market for 2018. Mercedes already has the CLS Coupe, which – in the right trim – could be considered a competitor to the aforementioned models. But now it looks like the German brand may be fielding another competitor for this niche. It’s a four-door concept of the Mercedes-AMG GT, and it’s set to debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
For now, we know next to nothing about the concept, but Mercedes is probably planning on seeing how the public responds to such a model to determine how feasible it is to bring another four-door Coupe to the market. While we know nothing, Mercedes has released a single teaser image that depicts a long and sleek iteration of the GT that looks almost like someone cut a GT in half and threw in an extra door. The side profile features the same general body lines and features, while the rear end is almost identical outside of a different diffuser and a redesigned exhaust outlet.
Inside, the car will feature seating for four, with the rear seat more focused on luxury, space, and ultimately, comfort. I suspect we’ll see two reclining captains-style seats in the rear with a center console creating a dividing barrier and offering infotainment access for both rear passengers. The rear seats will probably be positioned far to the rear, so legroom will probably be ridiculous. Needless to say, it would compete directly against the Panamera and larger BMW Gran Coupes.
But, does the world need another four-door coupe?
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50
Special edition versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT have been popping up with increasing frequency recently, and the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is all set to host the latest one of them.
Fresh off of introducing the AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 at the North American International Auto Show last month, the German automaker is bringing the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50. It’s a limited-run version of the rear-wheel drive GT C Roadster and comprises Mercedes-AMG’s Geneva-bound, special edition offerings to celebrate the performance division’s 50th anniversary.
As you might expect, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 features plenty of exclusive features, including unique color and trim combinations to go with fancy individual design touches. Additionally, the limited-run sports car also gets an extended range of standard equipment, enough at least to justify it special edition status.
The exclusive features are also specific to what the limited edition car is celebrating. If you’re looking for a Mercedes vehicle that appropriately marks AMG’s 50th anniversary and has physical badges to prove it, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is as good a choice.
Sadly, the model will only be limited to 500 units, so those interested should be first to the reservation party. Once all 500 units are accounted for, Mercedes-AMG is very unlikely to add more units with the special edition status.
Orders of the car begin on March 6, 2017, with deliveries expected to commence a few months later in July 2017.
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Porsche Should Be Worried About Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 Concept
It’s been no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s plans for its AMG performance division have blown up since the release of the well-received Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. The German automaker quickly turned that momentum into subsequent offerings, including the AMG GT S, GT R, and most recently, the GT C. Now AMG is drawing up plans to present a new AMG GT-badged model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and as many have anticipated, it’s going to be a concept version of the AMG GT4, a four-door performance saloon that will no doubt the shake up the established.
Did you hear that, Porsche? The Panamera now has a direct and legitimate rival. Brace yourselves then because this new rivalry could escalate really quickly.
It’s worth mentioning that plans for a four-door, Panamera-rivaling AMG model has been in the works for a few years now, even though AMG boss Tobias Moers said back in 2015 that such a model wouldn’t be feasible. Well, that didn’t stop our master rendering artist from cooking up a virtual version of the AMG GT4 – you can see that beauty in the photo above – and as it turns out, there was a lot more to the GT4 than Moers was letting on.
Now that we’re here, we can at least expect a few things to come out at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those things is the concept version of the AMG GT4, which Mercedes plans to debut at the show as part of AMG’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.
It’s not the only car that will be on Mercedes’ stand in Geneva, but it’s arguably the most important one as it sets the table for a production model that’s tipped to arrive in 2018, replacing the CLS Shooting Brake and challenging the Porsche Panamera for supremacy in that specific market.
Details aren’t expected until the auto show opens its doors, but there is strong indication that the Geneva-bound concept will look less like a concept and more like the four-seater production model that it’s going to end up being. For one, it’s going to be sharing a lot of styling cues and mechanical details with the AMG GT, albeit on a different platform from the one used by the sports car. According to Autocar, Merc will be using a modified version of its modular rear architecture for the GT4, the same platform currently used by the AMG C 63, E 63, and S 63 models. Lightweight materials are being lined up for the car, including aluminum and hot-formed high-strength steel.
The goal, it seems is to make the AMG GT4 a benchmark for luxury and performance in its segment, a status that the Panamera has held on to for the past few years.
Make no mistake about it; Mercedes-AMG isn’t messing around. Porsche needs to recognize that because once the AMG GT4 hits dealerships in 2018, one of its main objectives is to stare down its rival from Stuttgart and make it earn every accolade it’s going to get from now until the future.
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The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S
There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.
Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.
For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.
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Is Mercedes-AMG Already Expanding Its GT Lineup With A Performance Sedan?
Don’t look now, but it appears that Mercedes-AMG’s plan for the GT family of performance cars isn’t going to be limited to just two-door coupes. Now there’s talk of Mercedes-AMG finally bringing life to the long-rumored high-performance sedan that will compete directly with the Porsche Panamera.
The model is tentatively called the GT4 and no less than Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers stoked those flames by telling Motoring Australia that “all rumors are not necessarily wrong.”
Moers did stop short of actually confirming the existence of the GT4, but a number of different people have already dropped some details about the rumored sedan, including the likelihood of it being based on a modified version of Mercedes’ own MRA platform. The architecture is already being used on a handful of Mercedes models, including the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. A unique suspension layout is also rumored to be one of the GT4’s more defining characteristics, one that would differentiate it from the rest of the models under the Mercedes-AMG performance sub-brand.
The good news for Mercedes-AMG is there doesn’t appear to be any rush to bring the GT4 in the market. The model itself isn’t scheduled to make its debut until 2019. In the meantime, Moers pointed out that the development for the next-generation GT is already underway, leaving little time to work on other projects associated with the GT line, specifically the GT Black Series project.
“We are so fully loaded with work, expansion of the portfolio things like that,” Moers said. “So it (a Black Series) needs dedication to do such a car. The GT R was a lot of dedication. As you can imagine lifecycle-wise regarding next generation (GT) is something we are working on, so there must be room for us to do so. Maybe that is a self-fulfilling prophecy, expanding the portfolio, doing a lot of work, maybe that means we don’t have enough room to do a Black Series.”
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Forza Horizon 3’s New DLC Unleashes This Mercedes-AMG Supercar
One of the best things about owning a Mercedes-AMG GT R is the fact that you can enjoy all 577 horses sitting underneath that long, sloping hood. But like most cars, enjoying a car like the AMG GT R is also subject to weather conditions. It’s perfect to drive on a sunny day with clear skies, but not so much during the frigid winter season. Fortunately, we can now tuck our actual GT R’s inside their garages and still enjoy driving one during the cold season, thanks in large part to Forza Horizon 3’s new Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion.
You’ll probably remember Turn 10 Studios & Playground Games introduce the Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion for $19.99 last month. Turns out, the developers had a surprise up its sleeve because the new DLC actually has more things in store for gamers on top of racing on a “frozen lake.” The pack also includes a number of races and winter weather challenges, all of which are set in the vicinity of the fictitious Blizzard Mountain. Gamers can also use the AMG GT R in the new Snow Drift bucket list challenge where Mercedes-AMG’s range-topping GT model needs to complete a smattering total of 50 drift skills on ice and snow in under four minutes. Seems like a good challenge for the Mercedes-AMG GT R, right?
The AMG GT R may not be an ideal car to use in real-life winter conditions. But in the video game world that is Forza Horizon 3 where the name of the game is going full tilt racing on cars like the GT R, there’s no amount of snow or ice that’s going to stop gamers like myself from pushing that pedal to the floor. And if you’re not down with that, well, this new video of the AMG GT R going through the paces in the game to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers should be enough to get your juices going.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe
The Mercedes-AMG GT has been on the market for less than two and a half years as of January 2017, but it has already spawned six different versions, not including cars built specifically for the race track. The latest to join the family is the AMG GT C Coupe, which was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz also announced various updates to the standard AMG GT models.
Essentially a coupe version of the AMG GT C Roadster that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the GT C Coupe bridges the gap between the GT S, which is the second most powerful model in the lineup, and the hardcore GT R. Features that set it apart from the entry level versions include sportier elements front and rear and a revised hood among other minor revisions on the outside.
Drivetrain-wise, the AMG GT C is significantly more powerful than the GT S and not too far from what the track-prepped GT R can deliver. All told, the GT C Coupe expands the AMG GT lineup even further, in what appears to be an attempt to match the extremely varied 911 offerings available from Porsche. It remains to be seen whether Merc will make it in this tight and difficult niche, but the AMG GT C is a good start.
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The Mercedes-AMG GT C Can Accommodate People of the Plump Variety
I’m a bigger guy, so one of the hardest parts about covering auto shows in a professional capacity is getting in and out of smaller cars. Smaller sedans are the hardest, but small coupes aren’t exactly a breeze either. So, when I finally made it to the Mercedes show floor, I was excited to see some of the new cars in the metal, but also a little anxious about trying to get into some of them. Let’s be honest, when you’re five-foot, 10 inches and pushing 300 pounds, it’s not exactly easy to crawl into a Mercedes GLA-class, let alone a two-seater like the Mercedes-AMG GT C. But, as a member of the media, I had a responsibility to try. And try I did.
To my surprise, the GT C’s front seat was able to move far enough to the rear to accommodate someone well over six foot or someone with an extra meaty midsection. Getting inside really wasn’t that difficult either. To door opens up fairly wide as you can see in the photo gallery, and once I crawled inside, I found that the seat was actually wide enough to accommodate my wider frame. I’m shocked at this point, but sure enough, I was sitting in this little, 550-horsepower demon on wheels and I was comfortable. The seat provided more than enough side support for me, the cushion and back were very soft but supportive in the right places, and the seatbelt even fit. Amazing!
One thing of particular note, however, is how low the seat in this thing really is. Because of the low seating position, you get the true “sports car” feel, but I did find myself knocking into the controls on the center console a bit with my arm. Over the years I’ve grown so accustomed to driving with one hand and keeping the other on the shifter, that I’m still not sure what to do with my right arm in a model that doesn’t let me row my own gears. Outside of that, the car was an absolute dream to sit in, even for a bigger guy in a small car. Visibility over the dash was great; the infotainment display isn’t obtrusive to my forward, right view, and the Alcantara on the steering wheel was a nice treat for my hands after hanging onto a hard camera frame all day. My point is that if you were considering the GT C but wasn’t sure it would be comfortable for larger people, go check it out for yourself. You just might be surprised!
Mercedes-AMG’s Growing GT Family Is The Competition The Porsche 911 Needs
Is the Mercedes-AMG GT becoming the legitimate threat that the Porsche 911 should be concerned about? I highlighted that and tried to answer it in this comparison piece, but I did leave some space to show some appreciation to Mercedes-AMG for not only going out on a limb with the introduction of the AMG GT back in 2015, but more importantly, for adding on to the AMG GT with follow ups like the AMG GT S, AMG GT R, and most recently, the AMG GT C. The rapid increase in size of the AMG GT family now puts these models on the crosshairs of the Porsche 911. And for what that’s worth, legitimate competition is something that the 911 needs.
Granted, it’s going to be hard for Mercedes to completely topple Porsche out of that lofty perch it has built for itself. Compared to the 911, which has an unlimited supply of name equity, the AMG GTs are still carving out their own identities. The launch of the AMG GT and GT S back in 2015 officially signalled Mercedes-AMG’s plan to bring a dedicated sports car into the mix. The subsequent launches of the AMG GT R, a roadster version of the GT, the GTC C Roadster, and now, the GTC C, built on the foundation laid down by the GT and GT S. Moving forward, the question on everybody’s mind is what Mercedes-AMG has in store for the future with the GT family and its other performance lines.
Not surprisingly, the automaker has been coy on that matter, preferring instead to highlight the upcoming debuts of its other lines, most notably that of the equally successful 43 line, which itself is getting new family members this year in the form of the C 43, E 43, GLC 43, SLC 43, and GLE 43. These models, according to Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers, are being introduced to serve as entry-level models of Merc’s performance brand and help create significant differentiation with the 63 line. That’s the primary focus of AMG now that it’s built up the GT line to a family of awe-inspiring sports cars.
Rest assured though, don’t expect Mercedes-AMG to be content with just having four different models under the GT line. No details have been shared on future models, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Mercedes continue its assault on the Porsche 911’s throne. It’s already happening whether Porsche admits it or not. An hybrid GT sports car, perhaps? A more hardcore version of the AMG GT R? Those are a few of the possibilities we’re looking at, and for what that’s worth, I’m confident that the Mercedes-AMG GT line is not done growing just yet.
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The Battle For German Sports Car Supremacy Is Heating Up
The launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show brought the total number of GT models to six. That’s a lot of models to have in a range when you consider that the first of these performance cars, the AMG GT, was only unveiled in 2015. But success breeds success and by and large, the Mercedes-AMG GT line has been just that for the German automaker. There’s no question about that, but what can be argued is the AMG GT’s place in the segment, or to be more specific, it’s status compared to that of the current king of the sports car business: the Porsche 911.
(It’s also worth mentioning that Porsche also unveiled the new 911 GTS at the same venue, so the timing for this comparison is appropriate.)
So here’s the question: has Mercedes-AMG created a line of GT sports cars that can realistically challenge Porsche’s own family of 911 models for sports car supremacy?
It’s an interesting question to ask because there can be legitimate answers from both sides. If you’re on the side of Mercedes, you can point to the GT sports cars as fresh and compelling choices in the market. Mercedes-AMG, after all, has done a remarkable job building the brand up, as shown by its ever increasing portfolio. There’s a healthy market for the GT today and Mercedes is smart to capitalize on that interest.
On the flip side, Porsche purists are also not wrong for scoffing at the question because it’s the 911 we’re talking about here. The model is without question one of the most iconic nameplates in the history of the auto industry, so before some kind of young whippersnapper can puff its chest and stare down the 911, maybe it should show some kind of longevity first.
Clearly, there are no right or wrong answers here because this whole comparison can be shaped and reshaped depending on the narrative that’s being thrown out. But with the success of the Mercedes-AMG GT line, that earlier question about the GT challenging the 911 is fair game and we’re going to try to find out whether there’s more to it than what meets the eye.
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Mercedes-AMG Turns Up The Heat On Family of GT Sports Cars
When the Mercedes-AMG GT first burst into the scene a few years ago, many thought that the model would merely be a successor to the highly popular SLS AMG. It wasn’t as powerful as the SLS, but the GT did have plenty of similarities to its predecessor. Over time though, the GT became less of a stand-alone performance car as Mercedes-AMG decided to use it as a springboard to launch a family of performance cars. And so here we are, recently removed from seeing the debut of the AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Not only is the GT C Coupe’s debut significant in that it becomes the sixth variant of the GT family, but just as important is Mercedes using the same occasion to announce cosmetic and engine updates on the entire range of GT models.
For starters, all AMG GT models, from the GT to the GT R, will have one grille design now that Mercedes-AMG decided to give the entire family of models the AMG Panamericana grille. It’s not as big of a change as some of the other updates in store for a lot of the GT models, but it does provide a semblance of unity among the models. The 15 chrome-plated vertical bars first appeared on the GT R before being used on the GT Roadster and GT C Roadster. Now, the rest of the family, including the GT, GT S, and GT S Roadster are getting the same grille design.
Speaking of adopting from the GT R, another unique feature of the range-topping variant will also become standard across all AMG GT models. We know this feature as the AIRPANEL active air management system and it’s physically represented by the vertical louvers at the bottom of the front bumper that can be opened and closed by an electric motor for engine cooling purposes. The addition of the louvers also means that the car’s engine oil cooler has been moved from the front where the louvers are now located to the wheel arches.
Last but certainly not least is the upgrade on the GT’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine that powers the entry-level AMG GT, AMG GT Roadster, and the AMG GT S. Improvements in power are the result of the this upgrade with the GT and GT Roadster getting output increase of 13 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque, bringing their total output up to 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Then there’s the AMG GT S, which also gets its own power increase to the tune of 12 horses and 15 pound-feet of twist. Do the math the GT S now stands to get a total output of 515 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT by G-Power
G-Power is known within automotive and aftermarket circles for being a progressive tuner that isn’t afraid to take on high-profile vehicles, mostly of the BMW variety. But every so often, G-Power goes outside of its own hen house to tackle other German brands and such is the case this time with its new program for the Mercedes-AMG GT. Truth be told, the German tuner has been dipping into the Silver Arrows well quite often in recent months, having given us tuning kits for the AMG G63 and the AMG S63. It’s nice to see G-Power keep up that form with this AMG GT kit that ramps up the output of the German sports car to an impressive 610 horsepower.
Keeping with its history of building meaningful kits for performance cars, G-Power’s work on the AMG GT largely revolves around the coupe’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. Sure, there are auxiliary upgrades added into the mix, but this kit is pretty much focused on that V-8 engine and that’s a good thing considering that the power gains amount to an increase of 148 ponies over the sports coupe’s standard power figure of 462 horses.
The overall upgrade provides stout power gains for the AMG GT. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are a healthy number of tuning programs available for the Mercedes sports car, and G-Power, for its name and status, faces plenty of stiff competition from these firms.
For what it’s worth though, the tuner does have a sterling reputation within the industry, so even if other programs offer more power, those who opt to go with G-Power’s kit should have no issues getting the most out of the program for their money.
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Mercedes AMG GT R Runs Nürburgring in 7:10.9 Minutes
The Nürburgring is, by far, one of the most iconic race tracks in the world, and the generic go-to for manufacturers when it comes to testing and setting records. As such, record lap times are constantly changing as manufacturers and independent testers alike all try to give the Green Hell their best. Just a few days ago, and just prior to the seasonal winter shutdown, Sport Auto took the GT R to the ‘Ring and put it through the paces. After a long day at the track, the GT R set a record of 7:10.9, a feat that has yet to be attained for any road-going rear-wheel drive sports car.
To put that into perspective, that places the GT R in seventh place overall, being beat out by models like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, NextEV Nio EP9, Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce, Porsche 918 Spyder, Radical SR8, and the No.1 car – the Radical SR8LM. To get into sixth place overall, the GT R would have had to beat out the GT-R Nismo’s time of 7:08.68. But, to really put it into perspective, you need to look at the models it beat. The Chevy Corvette ZR1 made it’s best lap back in 2012 in 7:19.63 and the Dodge Viper ACR did it in 7:22.1 back in 2009. It even beat out the awesome Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR that posted a 7:12.13 in 2010.
Records are broken on a pretty regular basis, but it’s not often a newer car can find itself in the top 10, let alone be crowned as the fastest rear-wheel drive production car on the ‘Ring. The GT R has been dubbed the “Beast of the Green Hell,” and now we know why! For those who might not know, the GT R has a whopping 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque on tap. It’s powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 and power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It can hit 60 mph in roughly 3.5 seconds and tops out somewhere around 198 mph. Keep reading to see the onboard footage of the record-setting lap!
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Mercedes-AMG to Launch GT C Coupe in 2017; GT R Roadster May Follow
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-AMG GT nameplate has already evolved into a full family of sports cars, including four versions as of late 2016. Launched as the GT and GT S, the German coupe also spawned a roadster, a track-ready GT R model, and a higher-performance drop top called the GT C. That’s pretty impressive for a car that’s been around for only a couple of years, but it seems that AMG is planning to expand the lineup even further.
According to Autoblog, who had a chat with AMG boss Tobias Moers at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the German firm is planning to roll out at least one more version of the AMG GT. Specifically, the recently unveiled AMG GT C roadster will also get a coupe version, which will bridge the gap between the AMG GT S and the more hardcore AMG GT R. Moers declined to confirm a specific timetable, but the AMG product roadmap that surfaced the Web earlier this year listed the GT C coupe as a late 2017 arrival.
When asked about a convertible version of the AMG GT R, the next logical model in the lineup, Moers said that "it’s just a discussion going on, we talked about it in the company, but I don’t know the market potential about that." That’s by no means confirmation, but it’s pretty clear that AMG is considering such a model. But, should this car be green-lighted for production, don’t expect it to arrive before the GT C coupe.
As a brief reminder, the AMG GT C is the most powerful roadster version of the nameplate, featuring a 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 550 turbocharged horses and 502 pound-feet of torque. That;s 94 horsepower more than the GT and 47 horses more than the GT S. This output also makes it the second-most powerful GT model after the GT R. Speaking of which, the R-badged model comes with an even more powerful version of the biturbo V-8, which generates 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. It’s also the quickest model available yet, needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 198 mph.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT by Luethen Motorsport
The Mercedes-AMG GT has been a hit of a sports car, not only for Mercedes-AMG itself, but also for the collection of aftermarket tuners that have since developed kits for the car since it arrived in 2014. You can even make a case that the AMG GT is the most tuned performance car of the past few years, something that well-known tuners like Brabus, Mansory, and Wheelsandmore can attest to. Even tuners that aren’t as well known like Dime Racing have also developed kits for the sports car and now, you can add Luethen Motorsport to that list and its 612-horsepower upgrade for the AMG GT.
It’s true that Luethen is a relative unknown, but don’t let that anonymity fool you into thinking that it’s in over its head because it’s not. A quick look at its website reveals that the German tuner isn’t just known for its Mercedes programs; it also builds kits for BMWs, Audis, and Porsches. That’s a good menu of brands to build up one’s tuning portfolio.
So this kit about the AMG GT is the latest in a line of programs that Luethen Motorsport has built. The engine upgrade sits at the heart of the kit, but it’s also offering a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit and a new set of wheels. In other words, it’s a comprehensive kit that should attract its fair share of AMG GT owners.
Obviously, the tuner faces some stiff competition from other other tuners. But it’s been up to the challenge before with all the past programs it’s built. History dictates then that it’s going to do just fine with this program for the AMG GT.
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Mercedes-AMG Joins IMSA with AMG GT3 Race Car
Mercedes-AMG has confirmed its participation in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting in 2017. The German brand will join the GT Daytona (GTD) class with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 next year. Mercedes’ racing division has partnered with Riley Motorsports for a two-car, factory-supported effort. One car will run as "AMG-Team Riley Motorsports", while one car will run as "WeatherTech Racing." A third race car will hit the track with SunEnergy1 Racing.
The German company says that additional teams are scheduled to announce their plans to race as AMG Custom Sports teams for the 2017 season, but details are not yet available.
The new IMSA entries will enhance Mercedes-AMG’s presence within the U.S. market which, until now, was represented only by private teams racing the SLS AMG GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge series. In order to provide comprehensive technical assistance for all customer teams, Mercedes-AMG has opened a technology and logistics center in Mooresville, North Carolina. The site will ensure a fast and reliable supply of parts and service for all teams, as well as a service and parts transporter to all IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge Series races for direct, on-site assistance.
"We are thrilled to see the three-pointed star compete in North America’s premier endurance racing series in 2017. Our Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car has already proven itself in worldwide competition and should quickly become a fan favorite. We are very excited about our prospects for the 2017 racing season," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.
The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship consists of 12 events that take place between January and October. Highlights will include the popular Rolex 24 at Daytona (January 26–29), the Twelve Hours of Sebring (March 15-18), and "Petit Le Mans," which takes place at Road Atlanta (October 5-7). The Mercedes-AMG GT3, which uses a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-8 instead of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter unit in the road car, will compete against GT3-spec version of the Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage, Lamborghini Huracan, Acura NSX, Audi R8, Ferrari 488, among others, in the GTD class.
Confirmed drivers include Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Gunnar Jeannette, and David MacNeil for the Riley Motorsports teams, and Kenny Habul for SunEnergy1 Racing.
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