The Mercedes-AMG GT has been officially unveiled in Stuttgart. Fortunately we managed to secure our place amongst the worlds media. As a result we can now bring you all the official details!
The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG (the SLS AMG being the first). It gets a front mid-engine layout. The engine of choice is a newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo unit with 462 hp in GT specification. A GT S model will also be available producing 510 hp. The engine meets the Euro 6 emissions standard, including the maximum particulate emissions level that takes effect in 2016.
Zero to 100 km/h is possible in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 310 km/h. The V8 is particularly ground breaking for its use of dry sump lubrication and its integrally mounted turbochargers. The transmission is a seven-speed dual clutch unit fettled by AMG engineers.
Weight is just 1,540 kilograms and weight distribution is spread 47:53 percent, front to rear. The power-to-weight ratio of 3.3 kilograms per hp sounds pretty impressive for a car of this class. The GT also manages fuel consumption of 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined).
The driver can adjust the drivetrain dynamics of the GT using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. Modes include: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and a new ”I” (Individual) mode. The manual “RACE” drive program reserved exclusively for the GT S matches the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage . A further “M” button allows the driver to activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode.
The suspension system includes a double-wishbone at the front and rear. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminium in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The Mercedes-AMG GT S also gets electronically controlled damping as standard with this feature an optional extra on the GT. Three stages are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”.
As you would expect from any front engined GT car, the Mercedes-AMG GT gets a long bonnet with its pronounced powerdome. The cabin sits far back with a large tailgate and broad rear end. The design curves are arching and give the car a muscular appearance. The GT deliberately avoids lines in the shoulder region. The only line is one lower down, picked up again in the rear bumper, which stretches the body and makes it appear lighter. Overall it is a sleek design with little to interrupt the design lines.
The headlights are LED High Performance units with stylised “eyebrows” as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators, as well as three separate high-beam reflectors. The front splitter is painted in the body colour on the GT, but comes with a high-gloss black finish on the GT S.
To ensure that the Mercedes-AMG GT S sounds as good as possible, it comes equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust flaps. The system is controlled through the various drivetrain settings or separately via a button.
The GT comes as standard with a mechanical rear-axle locking differential whist the GT S is fitted as standard with an electronically controlled rear-axle locking differential.
Exterior trim options include an Exterior Silver Chrome package, the Night package and the Exterior Carbon-Fibre package. The read lights get 18 individual LEDs on each side indicate.
The centre console features a choice of silver chrome, matt carbon fibre, high-gloss carbon fibre, black diamond and matt silver fibreglass. The AMG DRIVE UNIT controls are another particularly interesting cluster. They are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, emphasising the powerful and high-tech impression made by the centre console.
Inside, a performance steering wheel with three-spoke design surrounds the driver displays. It comes with aluminium shift paddles, 12 o’clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section. The sports seats are finished in ARTICO man-made leather/black fabric with integral head restraints.
The GT gets a touchpad in the handrest above the COMAND Controller. A free-standing central display is located centrally above the four ventilation outlets. The display boasts a 7 inch or 8 inch screen depending on spec.