Mercedes AMG GT

The upcoming 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT is unquestionably the most eagerly anticipated sports car launch this year. Set to replace rather than succeed the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the AMG GT is aimed at an entirely different market and instead of rivalling the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia, Huracan and 650S, the AMG GT will directly targeted the Porsche 911. Ahead of its launch, a prototype was recently spotted in Stuttgart.

Two variants of the car will be offered. First off is the entry-level 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT. It features a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine delivering 455 hp. The range-topping model is then the Mercedes-AMG GT-S with it featuring the previously confirmed 503 hp engine. Due to the presence of two different models at launch, the new Mercedes-AMG GT will be able to properly compete with the Porsche 911 range as well as the sublime Jaguar F-Type line-up.

Alongside confirmation of the two different variations, we now know for sure that the Mercedes-AMG GT features conventional doors rather than the gullwing ones featured on the SLS AMG which this car effectively replaces even though it does aim to supersede the SLS.

Sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres will come standard on both models with the entry-level model features a conventional limited-slip differential and 19-inch wheels at all four corners and rubber measuring 255/35 at the front and 295/30 at the rear. By comparison, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT-S features a more advanced E-diff as well as wider 265/35 tyres at the front and 20-inch wheels with 295/30 Pilot Super Sports at the rear.

[Via Teresa-H Photography]

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