The all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT sports car is here. The Mercedes-AMG GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG and its aimed squarely at the Porsche 911.
The AMG-GT is not entirely a replacement for the old SLS AMG, but in some ways it is since it now sits at the top of the Mercedes’ sports car lineup. It’s powered by a biturbo 4.0L V8, which is the first engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers. It features two outputs: the GT generates 456 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. of torque, while the GT S brings 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft. to the table. The V8 sends its power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that is connected via a transaxle, which gives the AMG GT a 47 (front) to 53 (rear) weight distribution.
“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.
The AMG GT will reach 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 189 mph and the GT S reaches 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.
“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 first model to arrive in the U.S, will be the 2016 AMG GT S in the spring of 2015, while the lesser powered AMG GT will arrive a year later. Mercedes has not announced any pricing, although there have been some reports that it will start at $129,000.