2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Has Porsche and Jaguar Dead in its Sights
After what seemed like months of ambiguous teasers and gross anticipation, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT has finally been unveiled. And it’s a doozy. Expectedly low slung, a bit shouty, and packing some serious grunt under the hood, the GT picks up the reins where the recently departed Mercedes SLS AMG leaves off. Not so much in a hierarchical standpoint, but more of a visual continuation. PHOTOS: See More of the Stunning 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT
Whereas the SLS was targeted at the world’s ritziest playboys and high rollers, the AMG GT dials back the crazy, and thankfully the price, to compete against the world’s premier sports cars. Can you say, "Porsche 911?"
Underneath the elongated hood lies AMG’s latest controlled explosion, an all-new 4.0-liter biturbo V8, which has been corralled as far back into the chassis as possible, to allow for optimal weight balance. Measuring in at 3,395 pounds, the AMG GT strikes near perfect equilibrium with a 47 percent front and 53 percent rear balance.
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Back to that new V8. The mill features dual turbochargers mounted internally between the cylinder banks, dubbed "hot inside V," as well as dry sump lubrication in what AMG calls an industry first pairing. Output will vary between two different trims: the base GT model, good for 462 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, and the potent GT S, which squeezes out 510 horsepower and 479 lb-ft.
As usual, AMG builds its engines with the “one man, one engine” mindset, which explains that illegible German signature on the engine plate. You can thank him later.
That power will transmit to the asphalt through a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle, located in the rear, and reportedly rocket the AMG GT from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds flat. Top speed is pegged at 192 mph.
Conveniently, those figures aren’t too far off of Porsche’s poster boy, the 911 Turbo. The current Turbo will top out at 195 mph and do zero to 60 mph in around 3.2 seconds. At 520 horsepower though, it is more powerful than the GT S. However, we hear more powerful versions will abound.
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Inevitably, it won’t brainwash the most devout of Porsche fanatics into buying one, but it will notch some converts. The AMG GT makes its way onto North American shores in mid-2015, starting at around $149,000. Prepare yourselves, Porsche fanboys.
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