In just 30 minutes, the eagerly anticipated 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT will be officially revealed. If you want to watch the live stream of its world debut, then be sure to bookmark this page with the stream to kick off at 5:30 pm GMT!
So far, here is what we know about the Mercedes-AMG GT. Firstly, Mercedes-Benz is promising it to be the most beautiful car it has ever designed. It will feature a similar overall shape to the outgoing SLS AMG with an elongated hood and small decklid combined with short overhangs, particularly at the rear. Overall however, the AMG GT will be smaller than the SLS.
Underpinning the Mercedes-AMG GT will be a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. This engine is not only important in that it will power the firm’s premium sports car but because it will become Mercedes-Benz’s staple performance-oriented engine. It will underpin the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG as well as the next-gen E63 AMG. Further down the road, the S63 AMG is likely to adopt it as will the company’s range of power-hungry offroaders like the G-Class and for the first time, the GLK in the form of a GLK63 AMG.
When fitted to the range-topping Mercedes-AMG GT-S, the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine delivers an impressive 503 hp at 6250 rpm. That equates to 126 hp per litre and is joined by an equally impressive torque figure of 479 lb-ft between 1750 and 4750 rpm. An entry-level AMG GT variant will be offered with 462 hp on tap.
Known internally as the M178, the engine is a completely new replacement for the naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine which of course powers the GT’s predecessor, the SLS AMG.
It features the same 83 mm bore and 92 mm stroke as the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder utilised by the A 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG and GLA 45 AMG. The turbochargers are produced by Borg Warner and operate at a maximum pressure of 2.3 bar.
Some of the other cool features of this new powerplant is the Bosch piezo injection system which delivers up to seven injections per cycle. Elsewhere, the cylinder barrels are finished in the German marque’s Nanoslide material to dramatically reduce friction and improve efficiency.