The Mercedes-AMG GT is an all-new sportscar developed completely in-house by AMG. Regardless of its SLS impressed silhouette, it’s not a direct alternative for the gull-winged supercar. As an alternative the smaller and cheaper GT has the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Sort R, Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8 in its sights.
Powered by a brand new biturbo four.Zero-litre V8 engine that drives the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the brand new Mercedes sports activities automotive presents a selection of two variants with totally different energy outputs – the 456bhp GT and the 503bhp GT S.
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With a prime velocity of 193mph, the GT S will hit 62mph in simply three.eight seconds, and comes with an electronically managed differential and AMG Journey Management three-stage damping. The GT will get a mechanical differential, however will nonetheless hit 62mph in 4 seconds.
The costlier AMG GT S arrives within the UK in April 2015 with the GT following in August. Plus, the primary fortunate house owners will have the ability to go for the restricted version AMG GT Version 1, which comes with additional normal gear and unique particulars like a big fastened rear wing and a carbon fibre entrance splitter, plus extra outstanding aspect skirts.
AMG’s second sports activities automotive, the brand new GT is smaller than the SLS Gullwing, however it retains the identical entrance mid-engine, rear-wheel drive format. Designed to be what Mercedes describes as “a up to date sports activities automotive which embodies the spirit of superb Mercedes sports activities automobiles of the previous” the automotive has a transparent lineage again to the manufacturers most well-known sporting fashions.
With the identical lengthy nostril and squat proportions, there’s a touch of the SLS concerning the AMG GT’s form however delicately flowing surfaces, make sure the GT seems to be much more svelte than the outgoing SLS.
The arched roof flows easily into the broad however athletic tail, whereas on the entrance conventional AMG bonnet vents and latticework aspect vents, depart you in little question as to the potential beneath the bonnet.
Clients can select from a variety of carbon or chrome exterior detailing packages, however even in its most elementary type, the GT has the head-turning attraction to rival the world’s most fascinating sports activities automobiles.
The sense of event continues inside the place the driver-focused cabin makes a robust impression. Tucked into the low-slung driver’s seat, you’re cocooned between the concave door panels and the large transmission tunnel. In a nod to the V8 engine, this centre console has the eight buttons specified by an increasing V formation – and it is available in a selection of chrome, matt carbon, high-gloss carbon, black diamond or matt silver finishes.
The sweeping sprint encompasses a quartet of round air vents and Mercedes’ wonderful pill type display. Managed by the newest COMAND system with contact pad and curler dial, the mapping is tremendous clear and the audio; phone and settings performance is intuitive and straightforward to function.
As you’d anticipate in a automotive with a six-figure price ticket, the cabin is trimmed in upmarket supplies, whereas all of the switchgear is first-rate. A stunning Alcantera trimmed flat-bottomed wheel finishes off the beautiful cabin, and for those who’ve obtained the funds, there’s big scope for personilised leathers and high-end choices.
One take a look at the tantalising specification of the AMG GT is sufficient to get you excited concerning the driving expertise. An aluminium chassis, a four.Zero-litre V8 with dry-sump lubrication and twin-turbochargers, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, double wishbone suspension and a low centre of gravity – it has all one of the best sports activities automotive components.
Sat low within the automotive, the driving place is sweet, and whenever you press the starter button on the transmission tunnel, the all-new four.Zero-litre V8 burbles right into a clean idle. The engaging tailpipe noise that comes into its personal above three,000rpm -especially with the usual sports activities exhaust activated.
With 650Nm of torque obtainable as little as 1,750rpm, the 503bhp GT S feels immediately responsive, but peak energy doesn’t arrive till 6,250rpm – so there’s efficiency on supply all through the rev vary. The twin-clutch gearbox shifts seamlessly, and there’s a pleasant blip on the downshift.
Mounted low within the chassis and behind the entrance axle; the engine’s compact packaging helps ship a low-centre of gravity and wonderful weight distribution. In consequence, the GT S feels sharper and extra dynamic than earlier AMG fashions. From behind the wheel, the GT feels planted to the street and really secure.
Physique management is superb, and for a front-engine rear-wheel drive automotive, traction and mechanical grip are sensational. The wriggling and writhing motions you anticipate because the rear axle makes an attempt to place the facility down and the suspension trys to regulate roll and pitch are simply not there – the GT is extremely composed.
The variable ratio steering is mild and quick, however missing the final proportion of really feel you’ll discover in a Porsche 911, you could belief that the front-end chew is there slightly than really feel it. But, the AMG’s dealing with composure and grip means you’ll want the liberty of a monitor to get shut its limits.
Nonetheless, for all its tautness and grip, the GT S stays an pleasurable street automotive. The suspension arrange is simply the correct aspect of too agency and, on clean tarmac with the dampers in Consolation Mode, the GT S rides decently sufficient to be snug. The vast tyres generate some street noise however general refinement is superb.
The GT is new from the ground-up, nevertheless it’s been subjected to rigorous efficiency testing – so we wouldn’t be too involved about reliability. Particularly, as AMG’s well-known ‘one man one engine’ precept means the four.Zero-litre V8s are hand constructed to the strictest high quality requirements.
Throughout the automotive, a number of confirmed Mercedes elements ought to additional cement confidence in its reliability, whereas Mercedes ranked ninth in our 2014 Driver Energy survey, though their sellers completed a disappointing 21st from 31.
Security package is a robust level, too. The GT comes as normal with Collision Prevention Help, a knee airbag and tyre strain monitoring, whereas optionally available extras embrace Adaptive high-beam, reversing digital camera, lane monitoring, blind spot warning and visitors signal recognition.
Day-to-day usability is vital to rivalling automobiles just like the Porsche 911, and the Mercedes-AMG GT doesn’t rating badly on this entrance.
The chunky A-pillars make visibility tough at junctions however a low seat means there’s loads of headroom and the driving place is superb. The 350-litre boot will maintain two golf luggage both lengthy methods or throughout. The boot lid opens large so entry is straightforward and there’s an aluminium strut to cease baggage sliding ahead underneath braking.
Nevertheless, the shallow boot and its lumpy flooring make the area a bit of awkward. With tiny door pockets and a small glovebox, space for storing is a bit tight within the cabin, too. By comparability the F-Sort Coupe has a 407-litre boot, whereas the 911’s mixture of rear seats and a 115-litre deep nostril boot provides it a slight benefit over the AMG GT.
A V8 sports activities automotive with a six-figure price ticket isn’t going to be low cost to run, however the GT provides you the picture, sound and thrills of the outgoing SLS for lots much less cash.
The GT and GT S variations emit 216 and 219g/km of CO2, which suggests you’ll pay £280 a yr in street tax – the identical because the 209g/km F-Sort R Coupe. As a mark of the effectivity good points Mercedes has made, the outgoing SLS emitted 308g/km.
Even so, the GT nonetheless sits within the 35 per cent tax bracket for firm automotive consumers. Insurance coverage and gasoline payments will probably be excessive, too, however fastened priced servicing will allow you to finances for upkeep. It’s slightly early to say how nicely the GT will maintain its worth, however as a information the outgoing SLS retained 46.Zero per cent over three years.