Mercedes has officially unveiled the highly-anticipated and highly-hyped AMG GT.
Billed as an everyday sports car, the AMG GT follows in the footsteps of the SLS AMG and adopts a slightly controversial front fascia with a prominent grille, large air intakes and oversized LED headlights. Moving further back, there's a rakish windscreen, frameless doors and ventilated front fenders. The model also has a distinctively sloped roofline which is unfortunately marred by a thick black outline on the rear quarter windows. At the rear, there's a power deployable spoiler and slender taillights with sequential turn signals that use 18 individual LEDs on each side. The AMG GT rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, while the AMG GT S features 19- / 20-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin has already been revealed months ago but it's still worth revisiting as it has sporty and luxurious design. Once ensconced behind the flat-bottom steering wheel, drivers will find themselves surrounded by a wide center console that ramps up to four circular air vents and a freestanding infotainment system with either a 7- or 8.4-inch display. The car also features leather/fabric sport seats and silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond or matte silver fiberglass trim. Last but not least, there's a roof-mounted control panel which houses buttons for the seat heaters, hazards lights and rear wing - among other things.
The entry-level AMG GT features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 462 PS (339 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 304 km/h (189 mph).
Moving up to the AMG GT S rewards buyers with a more powerful twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 510 PS (375 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the extra oomph, the model can rocket from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds before topping out at an electronically-limited 310 km/h (193 mph).
To keep the car as light as possible engineers used an intelligent mix of materials including aluminum, steel and magnesium. This enables the AMG GT to weigh as little as 1540 kg (3395 lbs).
Speaking of performance, the entry-level AMG GT has a mechanical rear-axle locking rear differential while the AMG GT S has an electronic locking rear differential. The latter variant also has an AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers with three different modes - Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
Both cars feature a specially tuned damper which reduces "undesirable rolling motion of the entire drivetrain including the transaxle transmission, thus substantially improving comfort and agility." AMG GT S customers can also order an optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package which adds dynamic engine and transmission mounts.
Last but not least, the AMG GT has internally ventilated and perforated brake discs that measure 360mm all around while the AMG GT S adopts larger 390mm front discs and red brake calipers. If that fails to impress, customers can order carbon ceramic brake discs which measure 402mm front / 360mm rear.
Check out the press release for additional information