The ass-whopping, very manly Porsche 911 has a new target on its back in the form the Mercedes AMG GT. As the second sports car to be developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, the AMG GT will be challenging a giant of the automotive industry.
The sleek German coupe is closely-related to the Mercedes SLS AMG, but comes in a smaller and more affordable package. Its exterior pays tribute to the iconic 300 SLR race car of the 1950s, featuring elongated headlights that flank an oval single-slat radiator grille, a power-deployable spoiler, and 19- / 20-inch alloy wheels. The thin horizontal tail lamps are heavily inspired by the ones found on the S-Class Coupe.
The interior is extremely sporty and is dominated by a massive, highly-slanted center console that was designed to mimic the cylinder layout of a V8 engine. It houses cleanly-arranged controls for the car’s AMG Drive Unit and is complimented by a roof-mounted control panel with buttons for the seat heaters, hazards lights, rear wing, and other functions.
Other neat features inside include an instrument cluster with analog gauges, throwback circular air vents, and a dashboard-mounted touchpad that lets passengers control the optional COMAND Online infotainment system. COMAND can also be controlled via buttons and a controller knob located under the touchpad, as well as through voice commands.
The Mercedes AMG GT rides on a shortened version of the SLS AMG’s chassis structure crafted mostly out of lightweight materials like aluminum. Tipping the proverbial scale at 1540 kg (about 3400 pounds) in its lightest configuration, it has a 47:53 weight distribution.
Powering its weight-optimized body is a twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 456 horsepower (462 PS) and 442 lb-ft. (600 Nm) of torque in the entry-level AMG GT model, and 503 hp (510 PS) and 479 lb-ft. (650 Nm) in the performance-enhanced AMG GT S. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the former to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 4 seconds on route to a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), and the latter to complete the sprint in 3.8 seconds before capping out at 189 mph (304 km/h).
Stopping power is provided by internally-ventilated and perforated brake discs, although those with more money to spend have the option of a high-performance ceramic composite brake system with 402mm discs up front and 360mm at the rear.
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