The new 2015 Mercedes AMG GT supercar has been revealed. Here’s everything you need to know about the 503bhp V8 beast.
The new Mercedes AMG GT has been revealed, complete with an SLS-inspired silhouette, a stunning design and a brand new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. It becomes the flagship sports car in Mercedes’ range but isn’t a direct replacement for the SLS, focusing instead on rivaling models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Jaguar F-Type R.
The new sports car will be offered from launch in two flavours: the GT and the GT S. Both are powered by the same engine but where the GT gets a 456bhp version, the GT S is upgraded to 503bhp. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the GT S able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and the GT two-tenths behind that.
Mercedes AMG GT: technology
Underneath, the AMG GT is based around the same kind of aluminium spaceframe chassis as the SLS – albeit with 50mm cut out of the wheelbase. As a result the GT S weighs 1,645kg, which is 25kg less than the 911 Turbo and 5kg less than the F-Type R Coupe.
And it looks like Jaguar’s F-Type may have some competition when it comes to the most striking sports car on the market. The long bonnet, low glasshouse and powerful rear haunches are all SLS-inspired touches but designers have chosen a more sweeping roofline – a design feature that considered for the SLS before the flatter, retro-inspired design was picked.
There’s also an AMG Dynamic Plus package available for the GT S, which includes active engine and transmission mounts, which work independently of each other. “The combination of selectively variable mounts and a transaxle drivetrain is unique,” said Jocehn Hermann, Head of Overall Vehicle Engineering AMG.
Mercedes AMG GT buyers can further boost performance of their car through the fitment of optional carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.