This particular model isn’t sporting as much camouflage as previous prototypes have and spy photographers claim that various different Mercedes-Benz GT prototypes recently spotted have been sporting different exhaust notes suggesting that multiple engines could be offered in the car. This wouldn’t come as a surprise considering that the next range-topping Mercedes-Benz is said to be aiming for the Porsche 911 range.
The most potent example of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GT is expected to feature a brand new 4.0-liter V8 engine with two turbochargers and producing an impressive 493 hp. This engine is then set to be shared for the upcoming next-generation Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG also due out soon.
While peak horsepower of the Mercedes-Benz GT is down on the car it replaces, torque is said to remain around the same and thanks to the twin-turbocharges, peak torque should arrive below 2000 rpm. By comparison, peak torque on the SLS AMG is found at 4750 rpm.
Mated to this new engine is predicted to be a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox mounted with the rear axle assembly. Consequently, the GT is said to receive a 48-52 front-to-rear weight distribution. Thanks to the new supercars lightweight construction, the Mercedes-Benz GT could weight around 1550 kg, which is 145 kg less than the SLS AMG.
According to reports, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GT could debut at next year’s Formula One German Grand Prix before going on sale in 2015.