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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

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Pricing for the Mercedes-AMG GT S has finally leaked. It'll base from $129,900.
  • Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    465 @ 6000 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443 @ 1600
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    189 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    129900 (Est.)
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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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The Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT was Spied looking Sexy as Hell in Red

The Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT was Spied looking Sexy as Hell in Red

Can we take this sedan out on a date?

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.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4

AMG GT with four doors? Yes please!

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. With rumors that AMG is pondering a sedan that’s not based on an existing Mercedes model, the brand’s current lineup will soon expand to include a second fully AMG-made product.

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 confirms 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. In all, the concept is pretty much a mash up between the AMG GT sports car and the CLS four-door coupe. Also, the fact that the concept’s design isn’t too wild means that the production model could be very similar. The prototypes that were spotted on public roads in 2017 confirms just that.

Update 12/29/2017: The Mercedes-AMG GT4 was caught doing some cold weather testing and playing in the snow. Check out the spy shots section below to get a fresh look at the upcoming sports sedan.

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

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.

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In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe's Supercars

In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe’s Supercars

It’s a red-white-and-blue track killer, but can it hang with the stars from across the pond?

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.

Continue reading for an in-depth comparison between the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Europe’s supercars.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo by IMSA

2017 Mercedes-AMG RXR One Super Gran Turismo by IMSA

This is one AMG GT S you don’t want to get in your crosshairs

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

Hot Vee For Velocity – A Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT’s Turbo Layout

How a hot V engine layout benefits exhaust air velocity and intake temperatures

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.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

A more powerful AMG GT R? Yes please!

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 2018.

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 08/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught what appears to be the road-going version of the GT4 race car. The prototype drops the usual central mounted exhaust pipe and features some exhaust pipes hidden in the diffuser on the left and right, side just like we saw on the GT4 race car. And, since Mercedes is going to use the GT4 name for its four-door super sedan, this can only be the Black Series version of the AMG GT.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Family Gets Power Boost For 2018

Mercedes-AMG GT Family Gets Power Boost For 2018

And new standard features and options

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

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT4

Mercedes joins the GT4 class with a new racing version of the AMG GT sports car

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

TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

Two doors and too much fun

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

First Drive: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S

Built to carve corners and a spot in your heart

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

Sedan Style Battle – Mercedes-AMG CLS Vs. Mercedes-AMG GT4

Merc’s slick and quick four-doors go head-to-head as we analyze the exterior style of each

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

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes’ new sports car goes hardcore

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

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Silver Arrows finally shows off its future Porsche Panamera fighter

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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Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m

Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m

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

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept Is the Beefed-Up, 4-Door Sports Car You’ve Been Asking For

AMG’s competitor for the Panamera hybrid packs a whopping 800 horsepower

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?

Tomorrow We’ll See a Four-Door Mercedes-AMG GT, but Why?

Will the Porsche Panamera, BMW 6 Series GC, and Maserati Quattroporte see more competition?

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?

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50

Special edition AMG models highlight Mercedes’ stand in Geneva

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

Porsche Should Be Worried About Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 Concept

The Panamera now has a direct rival and it’s a beautiful thing

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

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

That’s how you smash a lap record, even if it’s one that was previously held by your little brother

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?

Is Mercedes-AMG Already Expanding Its GT Lineup With A Performance Sedan?

A Porsche Panamera rival appears to be in the cards, but GT Black Series could be shelved

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

Forza Horizon 3’s New DLC Unleashes This Mercedes-AMG Supercar

Enjoy the Mercedes-AMG GT R in this winter wonderland of fun and full throttle racing

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

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe

The GT C Roadster earns a roof, bridges the gap between GT S and GT R

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

The Mercedes-AMG GT C Can Accommodate People of the Plump Variety

It’s surprising that a smaller car can actually accommodate someone of my size

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!

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Mercedes-AMG's Growing GT Family Is The Competition The Porsche 911 Needs

Mercedes-AMG’s Growing GT Family Is The Competition The Porsche 911 Needs

Look out, Porsche. Mercedes-AMG is coming!

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 Battle For German Sports Car Supremacy Is Heating Up

Is Mercedes-AMG’s lineup of AMG GT models ready to rumble with Porsche’s 911 fleet?

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

Mercedes-AMG Turns Up The Heat On Family of GT Sports Cars

Cosmetic and power upgrades abound as AMG GT family get serious

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

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT by G-Power

German tuner adds to its Mercedes kits with program for the AMG sports car

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

Mercedes AMG GT R Runs Nürburgring in 7:10.9 Minutes

The Beast proves its self on the ’Ring

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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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster

It could to be as early as 2019 if Mercedes-AMG pulls the trigger

Unveiled just a couple of years ago, 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 three other versions, including the GT S Roadster, track-ready GT R, and the GT C Convertible. Power output for these models ranges anywhere between 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque in the entry-level GT all the way up to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet in the GT-R, all of which comes in one sexy and stylish package.

Just recently, AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autoblog that the next model in the GT lineup will be a coupe version of the GT C, but it was also disclosed that a roadster version of the GT R was being discussed. While that does sound promising, it’s nowhere near what we would call a confirmation. It does, however, tell us that it is possible and, as such, we’ve decided to create a rendering to see just what a GT R Roadster would look like. As is the usual case with coupes turned roadster, there’s not much in the way of difference below the waistline, but the GT R Roadster would obviously have its own uniqueness.

So far, little is known about what kind of time frame we’re looking at for even the GT C Coupe, but a leaked roadmap document last year showed that it might come to be by late 2017, which would put the GT R Roadster in line to show up sometime toward the end of 2019. We’ve still got some time before we’ll see the GT R Roadster (if we ever will), but let’s take a look at the rendering we’ve put together and talk a little more about it.

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Mercedes-AMG to Launch GT C Coupe in 2017; GT R Roadster May Follow

Mercedes-AMG to Launch GT C Coupe in 2017; GT R Roadster May Follow

The AMG GT family is set to expand with at least one new model

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

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT by Luethen Motorsport

German tuner mixes aero updates and engine tune to build a program worthy of the Mercedes sports car

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 Joins IMSA with AMG GT3 Race Car

German racer to compete in GTD class

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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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT by Dime Racing

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT by Dime Racing

U.S. tuner and racing team has something special in store for the Mercedes sports car

Mercedes’ lineup of AMG GT sports cars come with enough varieties that customers shouldn’t have issues picking which of these versions suit them best. Even after they’ve already chosen among the AMG GT, GT S, GT R, or the GT C Roadster, the possibilities for customization are also available at their beck and call. Tuners like Mansory, RennTech, Piecha Design, and Brabus all have programs available for different versions of the AMG GT. It’s dandy that the sports car receivers so much aftermarket love because another tuner, U.S.-based Dime Racing, is also set to offer its own tuning kit for the Mercedes sports car. Even better, the kit comes with an actual watch.

Dime actually doesn’t have the actual kit prepared yet, but it is a legitimate AMG racing and tuning outfit with an SLS AMG competing in the Pirelli World Challenge. So even without the product, Dime is promising massive upgrades to the AMG GT that, once completed, will feature, among other things 745 horsepower to play with. That’s more than what Mansory’s 720-horsepower offer for the same sports car. Pretty intriguing, right?

Not surprisingly, Dime is limiting the program to just 100 units per year, ensuring top-notch quality for each model it builds. It’s also announced a price of $150,200 for each program, which presumably already includes the donor car itself. That includes “bumper-to-bumper” warranty so those who end up with a Dime-tuned AMG GT can take comfort knowing their car is covered in the event of a mishap or two. Apparently, the first batch of cars are all reserved, which is a remarkable act of faith considering that the whole kit is not yet finished.

Oh, and about that watch. The tuner is also offering a personalized Växjö that comes with machine serial numbers with the car and will come directly from former Formula One driver and 1997 Le Mans winner Stefan Johansson.

It’s a tantalizing offer, but unlike those who already put the money down on reservations, I’d like to see the actual finished product first before making any judgments on what Dime Racing is offering.

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Did Someone Just Catch the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the Nurburgring?

Did Someone Just Catch the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series on the Nurburgring?

It sounds absolutely amazing

When it came time to replace the Mercedes SLS AMG, Mercedes started out with the 465-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT and the 503-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT S. Then, we laid eyes on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R. More recently; Mercedes debuted the Roaster twins, the GT Roadster and the GT C Roadster. With the twins making their debut at the Paris Auto Show, we’re left waiting for just one variant – the heavily lusted and insanely desired Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. But, that wait could be coming to an end very soon as Youtube channel Supercarsfromeu has recently posted a video of what is believed to be the Black Series putting in some serious work on the Nurburgring.

The video is quite short, but we finally get to see Mercedes’ Unicorn in action for the first time, and boy does it sound good. Little is known in the way of specifications of the black series, but it’s expected to deliver some 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which would nestle it ever so gently between the GT S and the GT R. All variations of the Mercedes AMG GT use a 4.0-liter V-8, with the GT-R supplying the highest output with 577 ponies and 516 pound-feet on tap.

Obviously, with upward of 550 horsepower, the Black Series is likely to borrow most of the suspension and brake setup from the bonkers GT R. The boost levels of the turbochargers and the ECU mapping will be toned down a bit from the GT R, but outside of that, it should be about the same car. It will come with weight saving enhancements, however, which should offer 3.3-to-3.5-second sprints to 60 mph, to go with a top speed well into the 200 mph range.

Anyway, with that said, go ahead and turn up your volume and press play. The roar from the GT Black Series is a must-hear for a Tuesday afternoon. You can also click "Continue Reading" to see how the GT Models stack up against one another.

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Mercedes-AMG's Growth Proves That Pure Performance Cars Are Still Thriving

Mercedes-AMG’s Growth Proves That Pure Performance Cars Are Still Thriving

Next on the agenda: a hybrid hypercar and the AMG GT C Coupe

The announcement of a Mercedes-AMG hybrid hypercar may have grabbed the headlines during Mercedes-AMG’s Media Night presentation of the AMG GT and GTC Roadsters, but lost in the hoopla surrounding the hypercar’s announcement is the other new model that AMG is preparing to add to its growing AMG GT family: the AMG GT C Coupe.

AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed the arrival of the GT C Coupe moments before unveiling the GT C Roadster. He didn’t dive into the details behind the next model up in the AMG GT family, but it is reasonable to at least expect some striking similarities to the GT C model. Moers did say that it will carry identical technical specifications to the roadster model so at the very least, expect it to carry a 4.0-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine that spits out 557 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Likewise, the GT C Coupe is also likely to get some of the technology that was used on the roadster version. That includes, among other things, a modified front axle and an all-new rear axle with rear-wheel steering.

The upcoming AMG GT C Coupe also touches on an even bigger point that Moers made during the GT C Convertible’s presentation. Despite the interest and the time spent pursuing electrification and autonomous driving (Mercedes even counts itself in this group), pure performance brands are still thriving, and AMG is living proof of that. AMG-branded models are selling like crazy with almost 70,000 units being sold in 2015 and this year, the company is expected to have 48 different performance models in the market, with at least 10 newcomers slated to arrive this year. That’s the widest range of any performance brand in the business today. That success is a testament to the company’s pursuit of giving its customers the best performance cars on any price range, but just as important, it also shows that there’s still plenty of room for these ball-busting machines in the garages of customers all over the world.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

The Mercedes-AMG GT wasn’t only the successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG; it was also the first model to sport a Mercedes-AMG badge and the first model that got your blood pumping with that 4.0-liter V-8. It was a bit smaller than the SLS, so it targeted a completely different market of buyers, but it was still quite Amazing. And, despite the rumors that Mercedes wasn’t going to make a roadster variant of the GT, we’ve finally been graced with not one but two. The one you see here is the range-topping model and goes by the name GT C. The best part is that it’s a lot more than a GT coupe with its top chopped off. See, this baby takes on its own look and even gets some extra horsepower to go with it.

Now, don’t get it twisted, the rumors that Mercedes wasn’t going to make a roadster were pretty much dismissed when earlier this year when we got spy shots of a drop-top testing in the wild. So, we knew that one would eventually make its long-awaited debut. But, we didn’t know that we were going to get two different models. With the Paris Auto Show right around the corner, Mercedes found it fitting to drop some official details about its range-topping GT C Roadster, and we’re so happy they did. With that said, let’s dive on in a take a good look at the amazing Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

Mercedes’ assault on the 911 continues with a convertible version of its new sports car

The Mercedes-AMG GT was introduced in 2014 as a successor to the SLS AMG. The second sports car developed entirely in-house by AMG, the GT is the first vehicle to wear the "Mercedes-AMG" nomenclature and the first to use the brand-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Although it replaces the SLS AMG, the AMG GT is actually smaller and aimed at a different market, with the Porsche 911 being its most important competitor. Following the release of the hotter GT R version in 2016, Mercedes-Benz unleashed the Roadster version ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Although at some point it was rumored that Mercedes would skip on building an AMG GT Roadster in order to protect its slow-selling SL-Class Roadster, the drop-top was confirmed earlier in 2016 by a batch of spy shots and a leaked strategy document that said it would arrive in dealerships in 2017.

The fact that Mercedes also developed a roadster version of the sports car makes a lot of sense since Mercedes-AMG developed the GT with the Porsche 911 Turbo in mind. With Stuttgart also offering a drop-top version of its range-topping model, Mercedes was compelled to do the same in order to remain competitive. As expected, the Roadster uses the same greasy bits to move about, including the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8.

Updated 09/15/2016: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new AMG GT Roadster.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster Unveiled

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and GT C Roadster Unveiled

The alphabet soup of speed goes topless

Hot on the heels of a teaser video released just a few days ago, Mercedes-AMG has given us an eye-full of the 2018 GT Roadster. The reveal brings with it the new Roadster C variant, which comes packing with even more go-faster goodies than its plain-Jane non-C equivalent.

Both variants take cues from the AMG GT R, six letters that add up to a ton of Teutonic grand touring velocity. However, the C is the one you want.

Let me explain – both equip a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, and while the regular GT gets 476 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm, the GT C ups the ante to 557 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque at 1,900 rpm.

Properly motivated, the GT hits 62 mph in 4.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of 188 mph, while the GT C does the same dance in 3.7 seconds and 196 mph, respectively.

Further GT C-exclusive features include active rear-axle steering, an electronic rear diff, and AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive dampers. The C is also equipped with a wider rear end, and a variable sport exhaust for more convincing V-8 dirty talk.

Both models get 360 mm (14.2-inch) brakes discs, while the C throws 390 mm (15.4-inch) discs in front. Both models get a seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT automatic transmission, but the C includes a Race mode setting. Both models get 19-inch wheels, but the C is supplied with 20-inchers in the rear.

Starting to see a trend here?

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Mercedes-AMG GT R By Alpha-N Performance

Mercedes-AMG GT R By Alpha-N Performance

One of the first tuning upgrades for Merc’s new sports car yields some power gains

The Mercedes-AMG GT R was only unveiled in June 2016 but it didn’t take long for the aftermarket community to jump on board the tuning bandwagon. That’s the case here with Alpha-N Performance, which has released a two-stage engine performance upgrade that spikes the output of the GT R’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine to as much as 655 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.

The kit also offer a lower engine upgrade that nets 635 horses and 568 pound-feet of twist but other than that, there’s not much to go with this program other than the fresh set of 20-inch Oz Racing Ultraleggera wheels. The lack of depth of Alpha-N’s program is understandable considering that the AMG GT R is barely three months old since it was launched in June 2016.

I expect Alpha-N Performance to build from the engine upgrades and have a proper tuning kit with exterior and interior upgrades available in the near future. For now, though, new owners of the AMG GT R can opt to get more power out of their prized sports cars. That’s not a bad idea entirely given that the results of the upgrade can bring the AMG GT R to hit speeds in excess of 200 mph.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S RSR By Piecha Design

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S RSR By Piecha Design

A new tuning kit arrives for Mercedes-AMG’s resident sports car

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the AMG GT and GT S models in 2014, it did so knowing that when both models hit the market, it’s going to catch the eye of the aftermarket industry. Two years into its existence, that’s exactly what has happened to the AMG GTs. The GT S, in particular, has turned into quite the aftermarket darling with Piecha Design becoming the latest tuner to present its program for the sports car. While the kit itself is still incomplete – a debut has been set for September 4, 2016 – the tuner’s engine upgrade is already promising an output of 612 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the modifications made to the AMG GT S’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine, Piecha Design is also preparing an aerodynamic body kit with plenty of carbon fiber bits. A new set of wheels is also included in the program, as are upgrades made to the car’s chassis and suspension. In other words, Piecha Design is working on a comprehensive tuning experience for the popular Mercedes sports car that should give all other tuning kits for the AMG GT S a run for their money.

The big question now is whether Piecha Design can deliver on its promise. From the looks of things, it’s well on its way down that road, but until the complete program is unveiled, it’s a little too early to pass any concrete judgments other than the parts of the kit that have already been mentioned on the tuner’s website.

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This Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Wears A Linkin Park Livery

This Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Wears A Linkin Park Livery

Mercedes and Team Black Falcon could help the band promote their next album

In the early days of racing, liveries only consisted of a number and (sometimes) a couple of stripes. Visuals on race cars began to evolve dramatically in the 1960s, when a huge number of sponsors joined the sport. Nowadays, they’re mostly the work of skilled designers and sometimes recall famous layouts from the past. Team Black Falcon’s new livery for its Mercedes-AMG GT3 isn’t one of them, but it’s special nonetheless.

Because it was designed by rock band Linkin Park (or at least someone working with the group).

Created for the Blancpain Endurance Series, the livery consists of red and black stripes and shapes over the car’s silver paint. It also has black lightning bolts, but its most important highlights are the "Linkin Park" lettering on the massive rear wing and the band’s log on the engine hood and doors.

There’s no information as to what brought Team Black Falcon and Linkin Park together, but it’s worth mentioning that this is not the first time the California-based group has something to do with Mercedes-Benz.Last year, the band did the soundtack for a Mercedes-AMG C63 promo video. Both last year’s promo and the new livery could be a way to promote Linkin Park’s next album, which is likely to be launched by the end of 2016.

This specific race car was designed for the Spa 24 Hours race in Belgium over the last weekend in July 2016 and given Team Black Falcon’s success in the series so far, it should get a lot of attention.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT R Is So Cool It Received A Leading Role in Next Transformers Movie

The Mercedes-AMG GT R Is So Cool It Received A Leading Role in Next Transformers Movie

The new GT R joins Optimus Prime’s army of Autobots

It’s been only a couple of weeks since Mercedes unleashed the AMG GT R, and the track-ready coupe has already booked a leading role in the next Transformers flick, one of the most anticipated films of 2017. The news comes straight from director Michael Bay, who posted a photo of a GT R with a special paint job on his blog. The picture was captioned "Drift," which suggests that the AMG GT R will play the role of Autobots member Drift.

There’s no additional information about the movie-prepped GT R outside Bay’s image, but the car appears to sport the standard features save for the two-tone livery. Finished mostly in black, the sports car has bright-red stripes on its lower body, as well as red accents on the front bumper, front fenders, side mirrors, rear wing, and wheels.

Drift will join other confirmed vehicular cast members, including Hound, Crosshairs, Sqweeks, Barricade, and Bumblebee. The AMG GT R is also the sixth vehicle confirmed for the upcoming Transformers and joins the Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle (Hound), Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Crosshairs), a Vespa scooter (Sqweeks), Ford Mustang police car (Barricade), and, of course, a yellow-and-black 2016 Chevrolet Camaro as Bumblebee.

Filming for the Transformers: The Last Knight movie started earlier in the summer and is scheduled to hit movie theaters on June 23, 2017. It’s the fifth installment in the franchise series and it could be the last to be directed by Michael Bay.

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5 Reasons The Mercedes-AMG GT R Is a Cool Alternative To The Porsche 911 GT3

5 Reasons The Mercedes-AMG GT R Is a Cool Alternative To The Porsche 911 GT3

Is the 911 GT3 finally getting a worthy competitor?

When Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 in 1999, it established a new niche of road-legal sports cars designed for the race track. Although the concept behind the GT3 wasn’t exactly new — it’s part of a line of high-performance models that goes back to the 1973 911 Carrera RS — the amount of race-bred components poured into the car was unprecedented. The fact that the track-oriented 911 was named after the FIA’s Group GT3 class also helped cement Porsche’s position at the top of the industry. The 911 GT3 has evolved dramatically since then and spawned even quicker and more powerful versions throughout its career. But, other automakers began to follow the same route and have launched strong competitors for Porsche’s range-topping, naturally aspirated coupe.

The latest to join these ranks is Mercedes-Benz, which unleashed the AMG GT R for the 2018 model year.

As the name suggests, it is a beefed-up version of the Mercedes-AMG GT, a sports coupe specifically developed to compete against the Porsche 911 Turbo. However, the GT R is not only quicker and more powerful than the standard GT, it’s also equipped with a massive amount of race-bred components, complemented by a body kit that’s nearly identical to the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car. As you might have already guessed, the GT R was conceived to give the mighty 911 GT3 a run for its money.

But, does it have what it takes to compete against one of the most exciting sports cars ever built? I think so, and I put together five reasons why the GT R will make the 911 GT3 look over its shoulder in years to come.

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Lewis Hamilton In Discussion With Mercedes To Design Limited Edition AMG Sports Car

Lewis Hamilton In Discussion With Mercedes To Design Limited Edition AMG Sports Car

Possible sports car could be part of an "LH Series"

It’s no secret that Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has some sway with Mercedes-Benz. After all, the British Formula One driver and reigning World Champion has won two world championships for the German automaker. So if Lewis Hamilton expresses his desire to develop an “extreme version” of a Mercedes-AMG sports car, Mercedes has to listen.

In a recent conversation with Motoring, Hamilton admitted that he wants to have a hand in building the car, projecting it as a limited edition model under the “LH Series” name. It’s quite obvious what the “LH” stands for, so it does appear that Hamilton wants to have his own line of cars at some point in the future. Talks are apparently already under way between the driver and the automaker and Hamilton promised to be hands-on if and when the development of the limited-run sports car begins.

The news comes a few days after Mercedes unveiled the AMG GT R, a more performance-oriented version of the AMG GT S. According to Hamilton, he had some ideas on how to improve the car, but Mercedes had already designed it by the time it was shown to him. So with that opportunity missed, the two sides are now working on something to give Hamilton an opportunity to be involved in the design of a more extreme sports car.

It’s still unclear how this arrangement will play out but you can be sure that Mercedes will listen to Hamilton’s ideas and consider his input with the seriousness it deserves. That’s one of the perks of not only being a Formula One driver for Mercedes, but one who is primarily responsible for winning the Silver Arrows’ first two F1 world titles.

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Mercedes Recalls AMG GT S In The U.S. Due To Powertrain Issues

Mercedes Recalls AMG GT S In The U.S. Due To Powertrain Issues

A total of 136 AMG GT S coupes are affected by the recall

The Mercedes-AMG GT S may be a tremendous sports car, but even it isn’t immune to the gremlin that is the automotive recall. Every car is susceptible to problems as the AMG GT S found out when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of 136 AMG GT S coupe models in the U.S. because of issues with the powertrain.

According to the NHTSA, the root cause of the problem lies in the adhesive bond between the carbon fiber driveshaft and the rear flange. In the agency’s words, the bond “may fail,” which could result in the loss of torque to the rear wheels. In the event this happens, the driver may not be able to move the vehicle, or in other cases, cause a deceleration when the car is moving. This could increase the risk of a vehicular crash, a situation that prompted Mercedes to issue the recall and a stop-sale order on all the affected models.

Mercedes didn’t say whether the problem has caused any crashes, injuries, or fatalities, but it did admit that the problem came to its attention when it received a complaint in the U.S. back in October 2015 from a driver that head “noticeable noises beneath his vehicle.” Two similar cases have been reported, although those incidents happened in Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2016. As such, AMG GT S owners are advised to contact Mercedes’ customer service and if it’s determined that their cars are one of the 136 affected models, Mercedes dealers will replace the carbon fiber driveshaft at no cost to the owner.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S By RevoZport

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S By RevoZport

Mercedes aftermarket specialist gives the AMG GT S supercar-like power and performance

As we count down the days until the Mercedes-AMG GT R’s highly anticipated debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, let’s take a quick detour down Tuner Lane to present the latest aftermarket offering for the AMG GT R’s brother, the Mercedes-AMG GT S. This program comes by way of RevoZport, which has a long list of Mercedes tuning programs in its portfolio. This time, the noted Mercedes specialist put in the work to give the AMG GT S a nice power upgrade, increasing the sports car’s output to a tidy 650 horsepower, significantly more than the standard 503 ponies. That kind of power puts the AMG GT S in supercar territory and it bodes well for owners of the sports car.

In addition to the engine upgrade program, RevoZport’s kit also features a new body kit that brings out a more aggressive look to the AMG GT S and a titanium exhaust system that not only helps the tuned engine but also cuts 22 pounds from the stock version. That may not be much in the grand scheme of things, but we all know that any kind of weight savings will have significant dividends for a car like the AMG GT S.

Overall, this program for the AMG GT S amounts to what owners would like to see when their sports cars are given a chance to get the full-on RevoZport experience. Everything about it looks and sounds good, although it is kind of strange that the tuner isn’t offering a fresh new set of wheels to go along with the body kit and the engine upgrade.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S "One-of-One" by Mansory

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S "One-of-One" by Mansory

One-off creation hits on some notes and misses on others

Mansory is known for some of the most outlandish tuning programs in the business, but it’s also creating quite the reputation for being the creator of one-off programs. The tuner’s latest example of this exclusive tuning prowess was done to the Mercedes-AMG GT S. There’s a lot to cover with this one-off creation, but the most notable upgrade can be found in the AMG GT S’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 engine that Mansory was able to squeeze out a supercar-worthy 730 horsepower, a massive increase from the sports car’s standard output of 510 horsepower.

In addition to the impressive engine upgrade, Mansory also fitted the AMG GT S with the same body kit it introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. There are also plenty of fancy interior details, a new set of wheels, and and a specific ruby red paint scheme on all the carbon fiber parts, as per the request of the man who owns the car, a gentleman who Mansory simply identified as Bandar.

To be clear, this is a different Mercedes than the one Mansory presented in Geneva, even though there are some striking similarities. Think of it as somebody who liked what the tuner presented and asked to have it done to his AMG GT S with a few more additions put in place.

It must be noted that Mansory’s history of one-off creations include past beauties like the Rolls-Royce Wraith “Palm Edition 999” and the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce J.S.1 Edition. Does Mansory’s one-off work on Bandar’s Mercedes-AMG GT S live up to the two aforementioned exclusive creations? Check out the review to find out.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Lorinser

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Lorinser

Power gains and new wheels are the major points of this tuning kit

The Mercedes AMG GT S and its little brother, the AMG GT, have become a favorite among aftermarket tuners. In the past few months alone, we’ve seen both sports cars get some tuning love from some notable tuners, including Mansory, Brabus, and Wheelsandmore. Now we get Lorinser, a noted German tuner that has made a business of creating tuning kits for Mercedes models. In this instance, Lorinser’s program covers both the AMG GT and the AMG GT S, giving both sports cars an improved output of 595 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

That’s an impressive gain considering that the AMG GT “only” comes with an output of 456 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque whereas the AMG GT S has 503 ponies and 479 pound-feet of twist on tap. But more than just the engine tune, Lorinser is also including a fancy set of wheels that gives both Mercedes sports cars a more pronounced stance and a much better look.

Sure, it’s not the most comprehensive tuning kit we’ve seen from Lorinser. It’s not even the most impressive one that’s available for both the AMG GT and the AMG GT S. But for what it’s worth, quite literally, it does enough to make a significant improvement on the Merc sports cars. It should have its share of interested customers, especially those who would prefer to keep the AMG GT and the AMG GT S from turning into rockets on four wheels.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Startrack 6.3 by Wheelsandmore

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Startrack 6.3 by Wheelsandmore

German tuner returns with a sizzling kit for the German sports car

It’s been a while since we last saw Wheelsandmore and the months that have passed without the German tuner thrilling us with another one of its tuning programs has felt longer than it actually has. Alas, the tuner has returned with one of its first aftermarket takes for 2016. It’s only fitting that this program is for the Mercedes-AMG GT S, a sports car that has become, in its own right, a tuning favorite. But I’m not here to talk about this kit relative to the ones Brabus and Mansory have developed in recent months. I’m here to shine the spotlight on Wheelsandmore’s “Startrack 6.3 kit” for the AMG GT S.

True to its roots, Wheelsandmore’s approach for the Startrack 6.3 program fits into the company’s tuning identity. There are no significant additions to the exterior and interior. That might be a source of disappointment for some, but if it’s Wheelsandmore, we’ve all come to expect it. The lack of any meaningful cosmetic upgrades isn’t all that surprising, but this program does have a few surprises of its own. I won’t reveal them here, but let me just say that it doesn’t involve the traditional modifications to the wheels and engine.

Care to guess what it is? Well, I’m not going to make you wait any longer. Wheelsandmore’s newest tuning program has arrived and like most of its past works, it did a handful on the car it worked on.

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Top Gear Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S Against The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS: Video

Top Gear Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S Against The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS: Video

German sports cars race for quarter-mile supremacy

The Porsche 911 and all its various trims have pretty much owned the sports car market for as long as we care to remember. There have been some contenders along the way, but by and large, the 911 Turbo has remained the king of this proverbial hill. These days, a new crop of high-performance sports cars have arrived to take a shot at the iconic 911, but none of that are as well equipped for the job as the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

The German sports car broke into the scene in 2014 and, from the onset, Mercedes made no bones about its goal to knock the Porsche 911 down a peg or two. Since then, the AMG GT S has done quite well for itself, and it’s a credit to the sports car that a lot of people have began whispering about its capabilities to oppose the 911. Nobody confused one’s heritage compared to the other, but from a performance point of view, the Mercedes has been up to the challenge presented by the Porsche.

All of that leads us to this. Top Gear (the magazine, not the show) recently lined up the AMG GT S and the 911 Carrera GTS for a nice little race on its own test track. The objective, as Top Gear Magazine Deputy Editor Jack Rix points out, is to determine which of the two cars can go faster in a quarter-mile. Both cars had their own advantages with the Mercedes being more powerful while the Porsche is the lighter of the two. So it boils down to, as Rix points out again, a race between power and finesse.

Who wins? Watch the video to find out!

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Mansory

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S by Mansory

Mercedes sports car gets generous helpings of tuning love

Mansory isn’t the type to do tuning projects for the sake of just doing them. Every project it takes, even the one for the Tesla Model S, carries with it a unique identity. Call it a personal touch, but you know that a tuning project was done by Mansory the moment you see it. Take this Mercedes-AMG GT S for example. It doesn’t look like an ordinary AMG GT S, does it?

The striking matte-finished grey body works with those red carbon fiber aerodynamic components and the wide body kit to create a meaner and sportier-looking sports car. It’s that kind of delicate balance that Mansory has mastered in all its years in the business.

The other aspect of the German tuner’s brilliance lies in its ability to develop engine programs that produce different planes of power that the car isn’t used to. This kit is living proof of that, and without spoiling the details, I can tell you that the power upgrades in this program gives the AMG GT S enough horses to stare down the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world without even blinking.

I’ve seen some tuning programs for the AMG GT S ever since the sports car arrived in the latter part of 2014. But I still can’t help getting a smile on my face every time Mansory gets in on the fun.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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Mercedes-AMG GT S HPE600 Dyno Tested By Hennessey: Video

Mercedes-AMG GT S HPE600 Dyno Tested By Hennessey: Video

It’s always fun to watch a car get strapped onto a dyno and watch it jerk about like a beast that’s itching to get out of its shackles. In some ways, it’s an appropriate metaphor to use, especially if the car in question is a 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S. On its own, the AMG GT S is capable of producing 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 193 mph. Seems impressive, right?

But, those numbers come at the expense of not having a tuner like Hennessey in the picture. With the aftermarket company getting its hands on the AMG GT S, well, that’s what this video is for.

Check out the car trashing about as it’s being run on the dyno. It looks surreal, doesn’t it? That’s what dynos are for to begin with, and while we’re at it, listen to the roar of that 4.0-liter V-8 engine. If that doesn’t send a little chills down your spine, then I don’t know what it’s going to take.

The result of Hennessey’s dyno test on the AMG GT S was shown at the end of the video and the numbers speak for themselves. From the standard output of the Mercedes sports car, the American tuner was able to squeeze out an extra 50 horsepower and close to 100 pound-feet of torque, bringing the output to around 550 ponies and 566 pound-feet of torque.

The American tuner hasn’t announced the full details of its HPE600 program for the Mercedes-AMG GT S. But, with the dyno test seemingly out of the way, expect an announcement to arrive sooner than later.

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Motor Trend Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S And The Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: Video

Motor Trend Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S And The Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: Video

Two of today’s best sports cars face off in the latest episode of MT’s Head 2 Head series

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S and the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R are two of the most talked-about sports cars today. Not only do they look drop-dead gorgeous, but they also come with heavy-hitting engines. The F-Type may have the advantage in power - 550 horsepower to 462 horsepower - but the AMG GT S’s combination of unmatched handling and state-of-the-art tech has made it the quintessential sports car for the discerning enthusiast. Either way, both cars are great choices, making it more difficult to pick which of the two is the better sports car.

To help answer that conundrum, Motor Trend lined up the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R in its latest episode of Head 2 Head. MT Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman took up the task of giving a rundown of the two cars, including some new features for the new 2016 models. Here’s a little spoiler of sorts: the biggest addition in the F-Type Coupe R is so important it turned the entire script on the car’s driving experience. But, was it enough to convince Lieberman that the Jag is a better overall sports car than the Mercedes-AMG?

As usual, I’m not going to reveal the synopsis of the episode because it’s better if you hear the verdict from the horse’s mouth itself. Ok, just one more teeny-tiny spoiler. Lieberman did have his choice, but it was so close that he had to enlist the help of race car driver and Head 2 Head staple Randy Pobst to perform practical exams, including hot laps, on both the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R at Willow Springs.

Check out the video to see which of the sports cars ended up getting the stamp of approval.

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Mercedes-AMG GT S By Renntech

Mercedes-AMG GT S By Renntech

German tuner gives the AMG sports car an extra shot of power

As sexy and as powerful as the Mercedes-AMG GT S already is, there will always be a desire to make it better. That rationale has been around for a long time and it will continue to be that way for as long as there are people who want their cars to be stronger, faster, and more powerful. That’s also a big reason why the aftermarket scene in the auto industry continues to thrive. In the case of the AMG GT S, the public can make a case that it should be faster and more powerful than what Mercedes-AMG did to it.

That’s where Renntech comes into the picture. The German tuner has built a nice career developing performance kits for Mercedes models so there’s a track record there that customers can look into. Not that it matters considering that Renntech is one of the best in the business and it proved it once again with its new R1 performance package for the AMG GT S.

By now, I’m guessing that everyone has an idea of what the kit comes with. It does say “performance package”, right? The program itself is pretty straightforward. It only includes an ECU tuning kit and a couple of new additions to the setup. It’s not fancy at all, but it is very effective, especially for a car that needs at least 600 horsepower to compete against some of the big boys of its segment. Renntech addressed that and as a result, you have an AMG GT S that means serious business.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT S By Renntech.

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Santa "Switches" To A Mercedes-AMG GT This Season: Video

Santa "Switches" To A Mercedes-AMG GT This Season: Video

Santa…. Where do we really start. Every year the man loads up that boring old sleigh and tasks poor Rudolph with his red nose, and his friends, to drag him around the planet. Just how does he manage to hit every “nice” kid on the list? Sure the times zones and planet rotation around the sun help, but even as a kid, I knew there was something more to it.

Just think about this for a minute. A horse generates about 14.9 horsepower, so let’s assume a reindeer can do about the same. Without magic or trickery, that means Santa’s sleigh has about 134.1 horsepower will all nine of his magical reindeer. That’s the equivalent of delivering presents in a slightly modified ’97 Civic. No way he’s hitting every kid on the list with that little power.

Well, the secret is finally out, and Santa hasn’t been using the sleigh (or that ’97 Civic for that matter,) but instead, the big guy is managing to squeeze into a red Mercedes-AMG GT. Now it makes a little more sense. With 465 horsepower, 443 pounds of torque and a time of 3.9 seconds to 60 mph, I think Santa has it made. He probably even makes it home in time for some fresh milk and cookies. There is a little surprise at the end of the video, though, because Santa isn’t all by himself on the road. I bet those magical reindeer managed to get their driver’s license too, but I’ll leave that to you to decide.

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Nissan Nismo GTR Vs. Mercedes AMG GT S: Video

Nissan Nismo GTR Vs. Mercedes AMG GT S: Video

On paper, a race between a Nismo-tuned Nissan GT-R and a Mercedes-AMG GT S doesn’t sound like a fair fight. Sure, the GT S has 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque on tap, but that pales in comparison to the 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque Godzilla has at its disposal. With the tale of the tape laid out, it does seem like the AMG GT S would get smoked by the GT-R, right? Well, if everything was decided “on paper”, we’d be living in a very different world right now.

The truth is, the AMG GT S can hold its own against the GT-R, even if the choice of exercise to illustrate that isn’t as “scientific” as I hoped it would be. In this video, we see the two supercars engage in a good ol’ drag race to determine which one is quicker to the quarter-mile. There were some changes made to the rules, including having a rolling start of 50 mph instead of the usual stand-still start of any drag race.

I don’t want to give away the results of the race - actually there were two races, and the second appears to be the more relevant one - but after watching it, I invite everyone to think if there really is a big gulf in performance between these two exotics. Remember, the GT-R may have the horses over the AMG GT S, but the Mercedes is almost 300 pounds lighter than the Nissan. Something to think about as you prepare to watch this “race”.

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