The jury is still out on whether or not a convertible variant of the brand new Mercedes-AMG GT will be created. Some logically believe that it won’t be because it would steer buyers away from high-end SL Roadster versions. On the other hand, some suggest it is inevitable if the AMG GT really wants to rival the large Porsche 911 family.

If an AMG GT Convertible isn’t given the production go-ahead however, could a Shooting Brake be offered instead? While that remains to be seen, Theophilus Chin has rendered such a car and rather surprisingly, it looks very good! What are your thoughts?

As a reminder, 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. The GT S model then produces 503 hp. The engine meets the Euro 6 emissions standard, including the maximum particulate emissions level that takes effect in 2016.

In GT S specification, 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.

[Via Theophilus Chin]


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