2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Specs, Price and Review

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT made its debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Even if it’s not direct replacement for the Mercedes-AMG SLS with gullwing doors, this all-new model sports car is best considered as a follow up of the SLS AMG GT. This car will directly compete against the Porsche 911 GT3, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Audi R8 V8.

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That’s good, because the Mercedes-AMG GT will need to be a car of its own. It is clearly aimed directly at its cross-town rival, the Porsche 911. To take on such a proven and capable sports car, the AMG GT will need to deliver not just on raw performance, but on the driving experience, quality, and comfort as well. AMG acknowledges this challenge.

“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,” said Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, in a press release.

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Exterior

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.

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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 More importantly, the regular trunk lid of the SLS has been replaced by a larger lid that now incorporates the rear glass.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.

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Interior

Highlighting the Mercedes-AMG GT’s cabin are the eight buttons and knobs arranged on the center console to mimic the engine’s cylinder layout. The knob on the upper left controls the AMG Dynamic Select drive modes that include Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus, with each mode adjusting throttle response, steering, and the optional performance exhaust and variable engine and transmission mount system. An Individual mode allows customizable settings, while a Race mode is exclusive to the GT S and adjusts the transmission and engine to their most aggressive setting.

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Powertrain

This is an AMG we’re talking about, so let’s dive straight into the specs. There are two models, the GT and GT S. The GT is the entry point, with 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque on tap from its M178 4.0-liter (3,982-cc) twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Peak power arrives at 6,000 rpm, while peak torque is available from 1,600 rpm to 5,000 rpm, promising a pliable and willing driving experience. Acceleration is claimed at 3.9 seconds for the 0-60 mph dash, in preliminary AMG testing, while top speed is electronically limited to 189 mph.

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The GT S, which will actually hit the U.S. market first, ups the ante on all fronts: 503 hp at 6,250 rpm (or from 6,000-6,500 rpm with the AMG Dynamic Plus package); 479 pound-feet of torque from 1,750-4,750 rpm (or 1,750-5,000 rpm with the Dynamic Plus package); and acceleration sits at just 3.7 seconds to 60 mph. Top speed for the GT S is electronically limited to 193 mph.

Beyond that, the specs involve weight distribution (47 percent on the front axle, 53 percent on the rear), the “hot inside V” turbocharger arrangement, and dry sump lubrication—the combination of the latter two being a claimed world’s first application in a sports car engine. A seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle mounted at the rear handles gear shifts and sends power to the rear wheels. An aluminum space frame holds it all together, extracting extreme stiffness from a body shell that weighs just 509 pounds.

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Release Date and Price

It has been confirmed that the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S will arrive first in U.S. in the spring of 2015. The base model of AMG GT will arrive a year later. Currently, Mercedes hasn’t officially announced its base price, but we expect that this sports car will be cost from $100,000 to $120,000. It’s pretty obvious that Mercedes is targeting high performance sports car enthusiasts.

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