2015 Mercedes-AMG GT unveiled as SLS AMG successor
NEW MERCEDES-AMG GT UNVEILED
WITH the SLS AMG now discontinued, performance Mercedes fans have reason to rejoice with the reveal of the new Mercedes-AMG GT.
The front mid-engined sports car will feature a freshly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine good for 340kW in GT guise and 375kW in even more extreme GT S models.
The AMG GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG, with the company declaring it combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and standard-setting efficiency in its segment.
The car will receive its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month.
Figures released include a 0-100kmh time of 4.0-seconds for the GT and 3.8-seconds for the GT S, with a top speed of 304kmh and 310kmh respectively.
Impressively, Mercedes-AMG claims both the GT and GT S can return fuel economy figures of well under 10-litres/100km.
Much like the discontinued SLS AMG, the new model is of strikingly attractive design with the GT and GT S featuring different bumpers, tail pipes and wheels.
The direct-injection V8 is unique in that it features internally mounted turbochargers (inside the cylinder banks), plus dry sump lubrication.
The engine will be mated to a revised seven-speed dual clutch auto offering up to five different driving modes: Controlled Efficiency; Sport; Sport Plus; Individual and Race - the latter for the GT S only.
Australian pricing and launch date are yet to be announced, but we can expect it to be by the middle of 2015 and the price to be significantly less than the old SLS AMG, with Porsche's 911 Carrera S an expected rival at around the $250,000 mark.
Model: Mercedes-AMG GT/GT S.
Details: Two-door rear-drive sports coupe.
Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol generating maximum power of 340kW @ 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 600Nm @ 1,600-5,000 rpm (GT); 375kW @ 6,250 rpm and peak torque of 650 Nm @ 1,750-4750 rpm (GT S).
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Consumption: 9.3 litres/100km (combined average, GT); 9.4-9.6 litres/100km (combined average, GT S).