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.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes-AMG GT.

  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • 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.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Much like the SLS AMG and the iconic 300SL Gullwing, the AMG GT is highlighted by its long hood, a short boot and a greenhouse that has been moved farther toward the rear

Although smaller than the SLS AMG, the GT can be considered the former’s spiritual successor from a design point of view. The sports car’s lines are muscular and dramatic, two features that are more noticeable now that the veils have been lifted. Much like the SLS AMG and the iconic 300SL Gullwing, the GT is highlighted by its long hood, a short boot and a greenhouse that has been moved farther toward the rear.

Needless to say, the front fascia also reminds me of the SLS AMG. A wide grille fitted with Mercedes’ new diamond pattern dominates the landscape, with beautifully shaped headlamps extending onto the fenders. Down below, a thin air dam makes up most of the apron, while large intakes are mounted on each side to help cool those large front brakes. The resemblance continues around back, but, much like its front end, the Mercedes-AMG GT’s rear fascia brings new styling cues into the equation. The thin taillights provide a great contrast to the beefy bumper and large exhaust tips. More importantly, the regular trunk lid of the SLS has been replaced by a larger lid that now incorporates the rear glass.

Overall, the AMG GT is shorter than the SLS AMG, but at the same time it kept the latter’s wide and low stance. The design is not overly dramatic and it certainly doesn’t represent a significant departure from the SLS, but the AMG GT boasts that pure sports car emotion we expect from vehicles that can perform on the street as well as on the track.

Interior

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Making the interior even more impressive is the motorsport-inspired center console and the AMG Drive Unit controls that are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout

The Mercedes-AMG GT’s interior is downright impressive. The cockpit revolves around an "aviation design" theme that emphasizes the company’s lightweight and modern approach. The wide, wing-like dashboard, the central spotlight-style vents, and the concave-shaped door panels contribute to this impression. The low seating position and the tall center console further enhance the feeling you are entering the cockpit of a fighter jet rather than the cabin of an automobile.

Making the interior even more impressive is the motorsport-inspired center console and the AMG Drive Unit controls that are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout. Impressive and certainly unique!

Naturally, the AMG GT’s cabin is packed with the finest materials and boasts high-quality fit and finish. Acres of leather cover everything from the dashboard to the sports seats to the door panels. The black surfaces feature red contrast stitching, while nearly everything else is either aluminum or carbon fiber.

Drivetrain

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The 4.0-liter V-8 generates 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The oomph translates into a 0-to-60-mph benchmark of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph

Displacing 4.0 liters in a 90-degree, V-8 configuration, the aluminum block features a closed-deck design for added rigidity, while keeping its weight at only 461 pounds. The engine makes use of the innovated ‘Hot Vee’ configuration that routes the hot exhaust gases to the center Vee section, while the cool, fresh air is routed in from the outer sections of the cylinder heads. While it’s backwards from most conventional engines, it allows nearly instantiations pressure to the two turbochargers mounted within the Vee.

Forged aluminum pistons are fitted with ‘friction-optimized’ rings and the cylinder walls are covered with a NANOSLIDE coating for further friction reduction. A dry-sump oiling system keeps parts properly lubricated even when under extreme lateral Gs, and eliminates the need for a large oil pan. Without the bulky pan, Mercedes and AMG were able to lower the engine, decreasing the car’s overall center of gravity.

The four overhead cam shafts are fully variable in their timing and work with Piezo direct fuel injectors to deliver a precise amount of fuel for varying circumstances. The two turbochargers’ temperatures are kept in check by an indirect intercooling system with a low-temperature water circuit. The result is cooler air entering the engine at higher pressure. That combination helps the 4.0-liter V-8 generate its 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the top-level Mercedes-AMG GT S. The oomph translates into a 0-to-60 mph benchmark of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph, figures that place the range-topping AMG GT between the 911 Carrera 4S and the Turbo.

There’s also a lower-tier engine that develops 456 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque. The "lesser" GT is 0.2 seconds slower from naught to 60 mph and comes with a top speed of 189 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

Mercedes-AMG GT S Mercedes-AMG GT
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 503 HP @ 6250 RPM (6000-6500 rpm) 456 HP @ 6000 RPM
Max. torque 479 LB-FT @ 1750-4750 RPM (1750-5000 rpm) 443 LB-FT @ 1600-5000 RPM
Acceleration 0-60mph 3.7 s (preliminary) 3.9 s (preliminary)
Top speed 193 mph (310 km/h) 189mph (304 km/h)

Suspension

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The sports car rides on a motorsport-sourced, double-wishbone suspension on the front and rear

Even though the GT promises to be quite the performer at the track, Mercedes and AMG have also focused on driving dynamics and comfort for long journeys. The sports car rides on a motorsport-sourced, double-wishbone suspension on the front and rear. The wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers are made entirely out of forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses and elastic movements, and improves cornering speeds. At the same time, the direct connection of the shock absorber on the rear hub carrier reduces vibrations and wheel load fluctuations.

The Germans have also developed a new AMG Ride Control sports suspension with electronically controlled damping. This tech comes standard with the Mercedes-AMG GT S and can fitted as an option on the base model. Damping characteristics can be adjusted in the AMG Drive Unit or by using the three drive modes that come with the AMG Dynamic Select.

Prices

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The new Mercedes-AMG GT S will be priced from $129,900 when it goes on sale in the U.S in April, 2015. The base Mercedes-AMG GT will go on sale in the spring of 2016, but the pricing details are not yet available.

Pricing Details

Model MSRP
Mercedes-AMG GT TBA
Mercedes-AMG GT S $129,900

Competitors

Porsche 911 Turbo

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Powered by the company’s familiar 3.8-liter, inline-six engine, the current Porsche 911 Turbo comes in two guises. The standard model benefits from 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, which allows it to sprint from naught to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph. Gearheads looking for even more power at the rear can opt for the Turbo S. The brawnier sports car churns 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, meaning 0-to-60 mph times drop to only 3 seconds, while top speed receives a slight bump to 197 mph.

As far as interior amenities and technology go, it appears the 911 and the Mercedes-AMG GT are fighting on equal grounds. The Porsche 911 Turbo retails from $151,100, while the Turbo S fetches at least $182,700.

Read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo here.

Audi R8 V10

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Unlike the 911 Turbo and the GT, the Audi R8 V10 Spyder gets it juice from a larger, 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Although it’s bigger and has more cylinders than its counterparts, the Audi unit cranks out "only" 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, placing the R8 below the Porsche 911 Turbo S. When paired with a seven-speed S-tronic transmission, the V-10 mill pushes the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds, while the manual gearbox slows it down to about 4 seconds. As far as top speed is concerned, the former reaches 193 mph, while the latter touches its limit at 194 mph.

The R8’s interior might not seem as rich when compared to both the 911 Turbo and the AMG GT, but it comes with plenty of luxury and convenience features, and a long list of options. Pricing for the Audi R8 V10 begins at $164,000.

Read more about the Audi R8 here.

Conclusion

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The AMG GT opens a new era for Mercedes-Benz and AMG, as the Germans now have the tools to go against the Porsche 911, the benchmark for all sports cars. With the SLR McLaren and the SLS AMG as its spiritual predecessors, the Mercedes-AMG GT has some big shoes to fill, but it seems AMG has reached a stage where it no longer focuses on brute power alone, but on a package that brings lightness, force, and fuel efficiency under the same roof. It remains to be seen whether or not the GT has what it takes to give the 911 a run for its money, but the preliminary details suggest Stuttgart is about to host an epic battle. Needless to say, the AMG GT has that classic front-engine sports car appeal that many manufacturers fail to obtain.

  • Leave it
    • * The SLS’ gullwing doors will be dearly missed
    • * Somewhat bland exterior styling
    • * Porsche’s 911 is hard to beat

Update History

Updated 02/11/2015: Mercedes USA unveiled a new video of its new AMG GT S. Called "Video Brochure," the new video offers tons of details on the sports coupe. Enjoy!

Updated 01/26/2015: Mercedes officially announced that the new AMG GT S will be put on sale in April 2015 at a starting price of $129,900. The model will be joined in the Spring of 2016 by an entry-level version that will deliver 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Updated 10/03/2014: The new Mercedes-AMG GT was unveiled and the 2014 Paris Auto Show and you can now see a series of new images from the official images. Check them in the "Photos" tab.

Updated 01/31/2014: In an official press release announcing record sales for its AMG division, Mercedes announced that a new AMG sports car will be unveiled by the end of the year. No other details were released, except that, "later this year, AMG plans to enter a new segment with a sports car it has fully developed itself."

Updated 04/16/2014: Mercedes officially confirmed today that its future sports car will be called AMG GT. Also, the company offered the first details on the AMG GT’s interior.

Updated 05/19/2014: Mercedes unveiled a first teaser video for the upcoming AMG GT supercar and announced the official launch of a special web page that will be updated with details on the new sports car in the upcoming weeks.

Updated 05/30/2014: Mercedes unveiled three new teaser videos for the upcoming AMG GT sports car. Of course they do not reveal pretty much anything on the car, just ho the engine will sound under light and heavy loads.

Updated 06/11/2014: Thanks to Mercedes’ online Driving Performance magazine, we can now offer you a few more details on the upcoming AMG GT sports car. It will be put on sale in March 2015, and it will feature a "muscular, never ending front" and a "staggeringly beautiful rear." It will ride on an aluminum space frame that will help keep its weight down. "With the Mercedes-AMG GT, we are starting a new era of sports car. A doubtless surprising and above all sensational one - like we saw from the positive reactions of the people during the prototype trip through Barcelona," said Mario Spitzner, director of Branding and Marketing.

Updated 06/12/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new promo video for the future AMG GT. The new video - called "This is what you get" - teases the performance figures of the future sports car and explains what clients will get from the newly developed 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine.

Updated 06/13/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video in which it explains the technical features of the AMG GT’s new twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine. Check the video in the "Video" tab.

Updated 07/09/2014: Mercedes continues teasing its future AMG GT with a series of new images. Find them in the picture gallery.

Updated 07/10/2014: Another day, another teaser session for the AMG GT - this time a video. Check it out in the "Video" tab.

Updated 07/18/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new teaser video, detailing the twin-turbo, V-8 engine found under AMG GT’s hood.

Updated 07/25/2014: Mercedes unveiled full details on the new AMG 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine set to be used for the first time in the new Mercedes-AMG GT car. A new teaser video was also unveiled, talking about the performance figures of the next AMG GT. Click past the jump for the full details.

Updated 08/18/2014: GTSpirit managed to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Mercedes AMG GT and talk shop with the designers behind the supercar. The topic-of-choice? The car’s design, of course! GTSpirit

Updated 8/29/2014: Mercedes-Benz has revealed another video and confirmed that the AMG GT will debut on September 9th, 2014. It also highlighted that there will be two states of tune for the AMG GT, one with 455 horsepower and one with 503 horsepower.

Updated 09/03/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video featuring the exhaust notes of its future AMG GT. Also, with just a few days before the car’s official debut, it confirmed the sports car will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 192 mph.

Updated 09/08/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video showing the future AMG GT in action at the Bonneville Salt Flats, USA. Enjoy!

Updated 09/09/2014: The new Mercedes AMG GT will be unveiled on September 9, 2014 at 5.30 P.M. GMT (1:30 P.M. EST) and you can watch it live, here at TopSpeed.

Updated 09/12/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video showing the new AMG GT in action at the "Circuit of the Americas." Enjoy!

Updated 09/22/2014: Mercedes unveiled the entire exterior palette for the new AMG GT. Check it out after the jump and let us know which color is your favorite.

Updated 10/01/2014: Mercedes-AMG unveiled a new walkaround video for its new GT sports car. Check it out in the video section.

Live Reveal Notes

1:30 PM EDT: We’re live, ladies and gentlemen! Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the live reveal of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT! The first part of the event is hosted by AMG ambassador and five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider.

1:35 PM EDT: Schneider talks about all the AMG vehicles released so far, as the cars roll onto the stage for their brief presentation.

1:40 PM EDT: As expected, the Germans review their newest achievements across the lineup and explain why the latest AMG cars are more powerful, yet fuel-efficient.

1:48 PM EDT: Tobias Moers, head of the AMG division, steps up to introduce the brand-new AMG GT.

1:53 PM EDT: As a brief reminder, the Mercedes AMG GT is motivated by a 4.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Head over to the "Drivetrain" section below for the full details.

1:56 PM EDT: Moers says the AMG GT wasn’t intended to replace the SLS AMG, but it represents a new start in a new sports car segment for the company.

2:01 PM EDT: The AMG GT breaks cover as it roars its engine on track footage running in the background.

2:04 PM EDT: A bright-yellow AMG GT revs its V-8 onto the stage as fireworks lighten the evening sky. F1 driver Nico Rosberg comes out of the cockpit.

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2:07 PM EDT: This is it folks, the AMG GT is now official! Stay tuned for an updated review.

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Spy Shots

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Press Release

The first Mercedes was a racing car and its most recent successor carries this heritage forward. With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new sports car segment. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers (’hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp (340 kW) and as a GT S with 503 hp (375 kW). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

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It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. The drive system tailored to consistently delivering driving dynamics perfectly complements this set-up. The centerpiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT is thethe new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, which responds instantly with extreme power at low revs and delivers outstanding performance. Top figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph (preliminary) and a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h), combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

At the same time, this two-seater is a comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring thanks to its practical decklid, easily accessible luggage compartment, and high level of comfort on long journeys. It also features an extensive list of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems which ensure the high level of safety expected from Mercedes-AMG.

"With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, we are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field. This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of", says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

"With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand", says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfils our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. The car is manufactured according to the motto ’Handcrafted By Racers’ – which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit."

The combination of aluminum spaceframe, V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle, locking differential, sports suspension with aluminum doublewishbone suspension and a low curb weight delivers racetrack performance. The front mid-engine design and rear transaxle configuration makes for a beneficial weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent between the front and rear axle. In conjunction with the vehicle’s low center of gravity this translates into extremely agile handling and permits high cornering speeds. With a favorable power-to-weight ratio, the Mercedes-AMG GT self-confidently lines up alongside the very best in its segment.

Exterior design: sporty emotion and sensual purity

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"The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purist form", says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. "Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence."

The new Mercedes-AMG GT embodies pure sportiness and emotion. The two-seater is characterized by hallmark rear-wheel-drive proportions. The V8 biturbo front mid-engine ensures optimum weight distribution, which forms the basis for superb driving dynamics. The long hood with its pronounced powerdomes, the greenhouse which has been moved far back, the large wheels and broad tail end make up the distinctive looks. Additionally, the large deck lid conceals a practical luggage compartment.

Muscular and dramatic

Gracefully arched surfaces give the Mercedes-AMG GT its sensuous character and the appearance of artist’s sculpture. Viewed from the side, the domeshaped, arched roof line and the frameless doors are eye-catching features. A muscular element sculpted out of the side wall creates a sense of lightness and movement, even when the vehicle is at a standstill. The surfaces and lines of the side wall flow into the rear-end with a dramatic tapered effect. The GT deliberately avoids lines in the shoulder region in favor of one lower down extending into in the rear bumper, which stretches the body and makes it appear lighter. The side air outlets, each with two fins, represent a modern touch on a classic feature of Mercedes-Benz sports cars.

The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the coupe a superior, Page 4 self-confident front: the three-dimensional diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star, a broad single lamella and tastefully accented by the AMG logo stands in the center of the front end. LED High Performance headlamps with stylized "eyebrows" as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators, as well as three separate high-beam reflectors lend the GT its characteristic look.

Large air intakes in the front apron optimize the flow of air to the cooling modules, while the the charictaristic A-wing design with a front splitter makes the sports car appear low-slung and wide. Finshed in high-gloss black on the GT S, the front splitter accentuates the aggressive look. Customers can also customize the exterior and options available include the Exterior Silver Chrome package, the Night package and the Exterior Carbon-Fiber package.

Broad shoulders for an emotional appearance

With its wide stance, broad shoulders, and narrow tail light design, the rear area creates an emotional appearance at any angle. The licence plate bracket is located in the lower part of the bumper, allowing the Mercedes star to be placed prominently on the smooth-surfaced rear deck lid. The rear features an electroncally retractable rear spoiler, which is concealed from view while the car is at a standstill. The black diffuser insert with integrated tailpipes is accented by a trim strip in matte iridium silver inspired by the A-wing design of the front, creates a visual sense of lightness across the entire rear end.

The tail lights underline both the sporty styling of the rear, as well as the attention to detail and sophistication – form and function combine in a unique way to create a perfect unit.

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Interior: sensuality, emotion and perfection

The interior design also embodies maximum emotion and sensual purity. Radically low, sporty proportions create a unique sense of spaciousness. Clearly drawn components and their authentic materials underscore the dynamic character and create instant excitement: Anyone opening the door discovers an exciting interplay between the deep, sloping dashboard and a dominant, arched high center console; a design which evokes emotions and impresses with its perfection.

The central "aviation design" theme, which is the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz sports cars, has been restyled. The extreme emphasis on the width of the dashboard, which creates an impression of a powerful wing dominates the cockpit of the GT. Four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at each end of the dashboard reinforce this impression. The combination of high beltlines, concave-shaped door paneling, low seating position and a dramatic center console design, makes the GT feel like you are slipping into the cockpit of fighter jet.

The dominant center console with features lifted straight from motor racing by virtue of its styling that is reminiscent of a NACA air intake. Its surfaces are available with numerous trim options providing the customer ultimate stylistic choice of silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond and matte silver fiberglass. Positioned centrally, the free-standing display is easly and quickly seen while driving for minmimal distraction while providing modern stylistic flair. Attention to detail is also echoed in the AMG DRIVE UNIT controls: they are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, emphasising the powerful and high-tech impression made by the center console.

Outstanding precision and a superior quality feel thanks to the finest materials with superb workmanship are also apparent on the sports seats, the performance steering wheel and the instrument cluster. The most important control for sports car fans is located in the AMG DRIVE UNIT on the left-hand side: the button for starting the engine, which is aptly labelled "Engine Start Stop" and illuminates in red.

The newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine

The new high-performance engine springs to life at the push of a button. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine was developed specifically for the GT. The innovative eight-cylinder engine boasts outstanding power delivery, performance figures on a par with motor racing, lightweight construction as well as high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It boasts the brand’s hallmark emotive V8 engine sound, along with an immediate response and high pulling power.

The new AMG V8 engine (internal designation M178) stands out with its precise power output, which is easily a match for a naturally aspirated engine. The linear power delivery makes it easy to handle the vehicle even at its limits.

As part of this process, the sophisticated ECU even factors in the current Page 6 driving condition and adjusts the accelerator response depending on the lateral forces generated.

With a displacement of 3982 cc, the V8 uses a range of technologies which are already being used in the 2.0-liter turbo engine in the CLA45 AMG — presently the most powerful, series-production four-cylinder engine in the world. Both engines have the same bore/stroke ratio, providing the basis for high revving ability. The piezo direct petrol injection used at Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the mixture formation. The spray-guided combustion process was further developed in the third generation to meet all future legal requirements.

First sports car engine with ’hot inside V’ and dry sump lubrication

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The new AMG V8 engine has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a "hot inside V". The benefits are a compact engine design, an optimum response from the turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters. The dry sump lubrication also ensures the oil supply even with high lateral forces and allows the engine to be installed lower, thus moving the center of gravity closer to the road and forming the basis for high lateral acceleration. The new Mercedes- AMG V8 biturbo engine is the world’s first sports car engine with ’hot inside V’ and dry sump lubrication.

Performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes. This allows the driver to vary the engine sound depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. The driver may experience the V8 with a focus on comfort and relaxed, longdistance journeys or with a more powerful, emotive, motorsport-inspired touch. The AMG DRIVE UNIT includes a separate button to control the exhaust vanes directly. The exhaust note of the Mercedes-AMG GT has its own tonal characteristics which denote the car’s membership of the AMG family but that also distinguish it clearly from other high-performance cars.

A tradition of hand-built excellence: "one man, one engine"

The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is being made in Affalterbach according to the "one man, one engine" principle. In the AMG engine shop, highly qualified master engine builders assemble the engines by hand according to the strictest quality standards. Once completed, this impeccable standard is clearly visible on the AMG engine plate, as it bears the engine builder’s actual signature. "One man, one engine" ties in with Mercedes-AMG’s unique motorsport genes, which exude innovative strength by virtue of the technology transfer from the racing series – from Formula 1, the DTM to the involvement in customer racing with the SLS AMG GT3.

Seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a rear transaxle configuration

When it comes to the power transmission of the new GT the Mercedes-AMG engineers rely on a combination of front mid-engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle – this layout has already successfully established itself in the SLS AMG. The weight distribution with its ratio of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear) is achieved in part from this configuration. The efficiency, speed and precision of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission were further optimized for the new sports car. Thanks to the larger gear ratio spread, the pronounced torque plateau of the new V8 turbo engine can be used optimally. The drivetrain’s overall design is ideal for an uncompromising sports car. At the same time, the exacting requirements in terms of everyday practicality, noise level, ride comfort and fuel consumption have been met.

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To transfer the driver’s shift commands from the steering wheel mounted paddles even more directly; communication between the engine and transmission has been fundamentally revised. This means that the previous limits of shift performance have been increased while the response time has been substantially decreased. The driver can individually tailor the GT to their wishes with the aid of AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. Various modes are available: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus) and – entirely new – "I" (Individual). The manual "RACE" drive program reserved exclusively for the GT S optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – including fastest shift speeds and highly emotive engine performance. By pressing the "M" button, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode.

Electronic rear-axle locking differential as standard in the GT S

The GT comes as standard with a mechanical rear-axle locking differential which ensures outstanding traction and superb driving safety in all driving conditions. The GT S is fitted as standard with an electronically controlled rearaxle locking differential, which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. The electronic function provides even more sensitive, faster control than the mechanical solution, thus pushing the limits of handling dynamics even further. Not only does it further improve the traction of the driven wheels, but also increases the cornering speeds at the limits. The system operates with a variable locking effect in acceleration and overrun mode, and is perfectly tuned to the various driving conditions and road surface friction coefficients.

Double-wishbone suspension derived from motorsport

Driving dynamics and comfort on long journeys with racetrack performance and everyday practicality; the new Mercedes-AMG GT delivers on all counts. A great deal of attention was paid to the seamless integration of all mechanical and electronic systems during the design, development and testing. Whether it is the suspension, 3-stage ESP®, locking differential, steering, aerodynamics, tires or brakes – with precision engineering the exhilarating sports car driving experience is characterized by superb precision and clear feedback.

The AMG GT offers the perfect combination of design and engineering to produce amazing peforomance on the road as it uses the technological DNA of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, one of the most successful sports cars in recent years. Thanks to the optimum weight distribution of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear), the vehicle’s low center of gravity and the selected suspension layout, the driver benefits from precise steering response, formidable agility, low inertia when changing direction, and outstanding traction. Double-wishbone suspension is used at the front and rear – a technology adopted straight from motorsport.

Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminum in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The double-wishbone concept locates the wheel clearly with minimal elastic movements. The high camber and track rigidity not only results in high cornering speeds, but also provides the driver with an optimum road feel when cornering at the limit. An extremely direct connection of the shock absorber on the rear hub carrier reduces vibrations and undesirable wheel load fluctuations. Highly neutral behaviour and defined, predictable the dynamic handling experts at Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes-AMG GT S with electronically controlled damping

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The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping comes as standard on the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The driver can adjust the damping characteristics at the push of a button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT or by using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes. Three stages are available: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport plus".

The speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable steering ratio: it enhances vehicle handling and agility at low speeds while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. The power assistance is a particular highlight: it not only responds depending on road speed, but also on the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode. As a result, the driver has a perfect feel for the vehicle thanks to the direct feedback from the road. The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® with the "ESP ON", "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF" functions works in perfect unison with the locking differential and is tuned optimally to the outstanding driving dynamics and safety.

AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package available as an option for the GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GT comes as standard with drivetrain damping. A specially tuned damper reduces undesirable rolling motion of the entire drivetrain including the transaxle transmission, thus substantially improving comfort and agility.

The AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package augments performance and agility even more. It is available exclusively for the GT S and includes dynamic engine and transmission mounts. The engine and transmission mounts assume an important function in the case of a transaxle design: soft mounts improve comfort since they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. Handling and agility benefit, however, from an overall stiffer mount set-up.

Mercedes-AMG resolves these conflicting objectives using dynamic mounts, which adjust their stiffness continuously, and instantly to the respective driving conditions and handling. The special control electronics in the AMG CHASSIS CONTROLLER, (ACC), provide this function. The ACC detects driving situations on the basis of CAN data, is connected to the electronic rear-axle locking differential and thus ensures optimum, balanced driving dynamics. AMG has gone a step further when implementing this technology: the engine and transmission mounts are even actuated independently of each other. The advantage: this innovative solution provides an additional substantial improvement in driving precision and lateral dynamics.

Jochen Hermann, Head of Overall Vehicle Engineering AMG: "The combination of selectively variable mounts and a transaxle drivetrain is unique. Mercedes-AMG is once again promoting leading-edge technology, thus affirming our aspirations in terms of driving performance."

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A specific engine application in the DYNAMIC SELECT "RACE" drive mode and in the manual "M" transmission mode makes the GT S even more dynamic. The package also includes tauter suspension tuning thanks to raised spring and damping characteristics, more negative camber at the front axle as well as an adapted sports speed-sensitive steering. Thus the driver benefits from better performance with optimized handling. The performance steering wheel as well as yellow highlights in the instrument cluster round off the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package.

Optional ceramic high-performance compound construction brake system

Excellent deceleration characteristics and high resistance to fade come courtesy of the high-performance compound brake system – on the GT with internally ventilated, perforated 14.2” (360mm) brake discs all-round; on the GT S with discs measuring 15.4” (390mm) in diameter at the front, to cope with the higher performance, as well as red brake callipers. A ceramic highperformance compound brake system is available for both models as an option. Its advantages: lower weight, longer service life and even better fade resistance thanks to the ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 15.8” (402mm) at the front and 14.2” (360mm) at the rear.

Forged wheels and sports tires as an option

As standard, the GT is shod in 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, 9 x 19 inch (front) and 11 x 19 inch (rear), with 255/35 R 19 and 295/35 R 19 tires. On the GT S the dimensions are 9 x 19 inch (front) with 265/35 R 19 tires and 11 x 20 inch (rear) with 295/30 R 20 tires. A host of different design and color variants are available as options for both models, such as the ultralight forged wheels in cross-spoke design, painted matte black, with high-sheen rim edge and fully integrated wheel bolt covers.

In combination with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package, specially developed sports tires (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) are available for the GT S as an option – ideal for aspiring racing drivers on closed-off circuits.

Aluminum spaceframe with intelligent material mix

Mercedes-AMG has gone for an intelligent material mix on the body of the GT. Chassis including greenhouse and body are made out of aluminum alloy, the trunk lid out of steel and the radiator core support is made from magnesium. This extremely light element at the front reduces the inertia ahead of the front axle, thus improving the vehicle’s agility. Over 90 percent of the weight-optimized spaceframe is made out of aluminum components.

The bodyshell weighs 509 lbs. – a benchmark figure in the sports car segment. There were three key objectives during the design and development of the bodyshell structure: optimum strength, low center of gravity and low weight. The high resistance to flex and torsional strength of the entire design enables extreme linear and transverse forces from the drivetrain and suspension to be absorbed and transferred. Unwanted flexibility is thus reduced, with the vehicle responding rigidly and directly. As a result, the driver experiences a sports car with maximum driving dynamics that responds with excellent precision. The aluminum spaceframe also provides the basis for outstanding passive safety.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is produced at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is manufactured at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach.

Aerodynamics for high balance and effective cooling

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Vehicle proportions, weight distribution, drive configuration, handling stability, drag, cooling and wind noise: the aerodynamics of the GT fulfill complex requirements. The high-performance vehicle has been developed aerodynamically with one clear objective in mind: high forces must be transferred onto the road without limiting driving dynamics and performance. Thanks to the aerodynamic configuration, critical driving situations can be avoided – such as with a sudden evasive maneuver at high speed.

The design of the front apron with A-wing and front splitter not only increased Page 12 downforce to a desired level, but also helps route air directly to and from the cooling modules. The flow of cooling air from the aerodynamically shaped brake cooling ducts also specifically improves brake performance.

The design of the extensively encapsulated underfloor guarantees optimum airflow out of the oil cooler in the underfloor area and provides effective airflow for the rear diffuser. As an active component of the aerodynamics, the Mercedes-AMG GT comes with an electronically controlled rear spoiler that is integrated into the design silhouette. Depending on the drive mode, the spoiler extends and retracts at various speeds. In combination with the rear diffuser with no leading edges, the downforce on the rear is maintained in the aerodynamically relevant speed range.

Active and passive safety of the very highest caliber

The brand with the star boasts the hallmark active and passive safety of the very highest caliber. The Mercedes-AMG GT adopts numerous assistance systems that are familiar from the new S-Class. Standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, ADAPTIVE BRAKE, ATTENTION ASSIST, PARKTRONIC, Rearview Camera, PRE-SAFE® system and the tire pressure monitoring system. Optional extras available include:

Lane Tracking package including Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist
Blind Spot Assist

The standard-fit restraint systems not only include three-point seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, but also front airbags, combined thorax/pelvis sidebags, windowbags and kneebags, for the driver and front passenger respectively.

Interior with outstanding quality and superb everyday practicality

Upon opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen as an animated GT appears on the TFT display in the instrument cluster. The sportily designed instrument cluster in carbon fiber pattern provides information with two classic circular instruments with a in a 2-tube look and a 220 mph speedometer scale. The performance steering wheel with its three-spoke design sits perfectly in the hand: it comes with aluminum shift paddles, 12 o’clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section. The sports seats featuring the AMG logo come in Nappa leather as standard with integral head restraints and provide optimized lateral support when driving dynamically.

The DYNAMIC SELECT Controller, the buttons for the engine start, the 3-stage ESP® and, depending on the equipment, the electronic damper control are located on the left in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The volume control as well as the buttons for the manual transmission drive mode, the ECO start/stop function and, likewise depending on the equipment, the selectable exhaust system are fitted on the right-hand side. The innovative touchpad in the handrest above the COMAND Controller is integrated in front of the E-SELECT selector lever to operate the dual clutch transmission. A free-standing central display is located centrally above the four ventilation outlets. The vehicle comes standard with an 8.4-inch screen with COMAND. Seat heating, PARKTRONIC, hazard warning lights and the optional extendable rear spoiler can all be operated via buttons in the top control panel in the roof frame.

The GT S comes with even more sophisticated equipment and appointments, including:

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Instrument cluster with 220mph speedometer scale and red color highlights
Performance steering wheel, black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber
AMG Affalterbach Crest embossed in the center armrest)
Nappa leather

Trim in matte silver fiberglass or in black diamond

As an alternative to the standard-fit Interior Silver Chrome package, the customer can choose from various other packages. Carbon-fiber trim elements are available in a choice of matte and high-gloss finish. Highlights include the trim in matte silver fiberglass and the Interior Black Diamond package, all offered for the first time. Here the ventilation outlets, the frame of the center console and the trim strips in the door armrests come in a sophisticated highgloss black finish, with its striking 3D look. The "black diamond" method uses the chemical CVD (chemical vapor deposition) gas phase process to deposit a precious metal on a high-sheen chrome surface at temperatures of 1000°C. The metal reacts with the surface to form a layer that is highly scratch-resistant and has a high adhesive strength.

The superb everyday practicality of the Mercedes-AMG GT is also expressed in the airy feeling of spaciousness. In addition, the good all-round visibility and the high headroom demonstrate that sporty dynamics and comfort on long journeys are not mutually exclusive – not necessarily a given in this segment. A large stowage compartment in the center armrest, a centrally positioned twin cup holder and a large, easily accessible glove compartment are further evidence of the outstanding everyday suitability of the GT. The luggage compartment capacity of 12.4 cu. ft. will hold two golf bags either lengthwises or crosswises. The large decklid makes loading easy and a retractable luggage cover comes as standard. The cross strut made out of aluminum behind the seats prevents luggage from sliding forward as the vehicle brakes and is available in various trims (such as carbon fiber) to match the trim on rest of the interior.

The US will launch first with the 2016 AMG GT S in the spring of 2015. The AMG GT will launch in the following year.

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