The Super Sports contender Mercedes AMG GT

allcarschannel  Mercedes-Benz has premiered their most coveted production speedster yet, which comes in the form the AMG GT and GT S at the AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Deutschland. Built at the Sindelfingen facility, the AMG GT heralds the brand’s entry into an essential and new segment.

A successor to the illustrious SLS AMG GT, the new AMG GT incorporates a long bonnet with pronounced powerdomes, large wheels and a wide rear end. Viewed from the side, the dome-shaped, arched roof line and the frameless doors are eye-catching features. The front fascia of the AMG GT is dominated by the 3-D diamond radiator grille with the Three-point Star emblem, broad louvre and AMG letters, LEDs with eyebrow-typed DRLs, and the indicators and reflectors. Then there’s the large air intakes, A-wing front splitter (painted in body color), and the high-gloss black finish on the GT S edition. Exterior colors valid as an option come in Silver Chrome, Night and Carbon-fiber hues.

Mercedes AMG GT, a Super Sports to be reckoned with

At the side, a muscular element sculpted out of the side wall creates a sense of lightness and dynamism, even when the vehicle is at a standstill. Prominent profile features include the flowing lines that connect to the rear and air outlets. From the rear, an emotional appeal is formed thanks to the GT’s broad shoulders and narrow rear light graphics. Additionally, an extendable aerofoil and black diffuser insert integrated into the bumper with matt iridium silver trim strip portray a visual sense of lightness for the AMG GT. Flat, wide rear lights with new sequential turn signals reflect state-of-the-art technology. 18 individual LEDs on each side indicate where the driver intends to turn by sequentially illuminating them from the inside to the outside. Completing the AMG GT and GTS’ packages are 10-spoke 19-inch wheels, although tyre sizes differ; the GT is standard with 255/35 R 19 front and 295/35 R 19, and the GT S gets slightly larger front 265/35 R 19 tyres and 295/35 R 19 to the rear. The GT S race version could even opt for specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Interior-wise, the AMG GT takes up the Aviation design theme. A powerful wing and wide dashboard, aided by the four spotlight-style and individual vents, create a very impressionable cockpit. Other highlights include the concave-shaped door panelling, dynamic center console (customizable in silver chrome, carbon fiber, black diamond or matt silver fiberglass) and low seat position. Positioned centrally, the free-standing display is an eye-catching feature. Attention to detail is also echoed in the AMG Drive Unit controls: they are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, emphasizing the powerful and high-tech impression made by the center console. Everything else like the sport seats, steering and instrument cluster commands utmost precision and top-notch workmanship. An engine start stop switch, illuminated in red, is just one of the many controls awaiting the AMG GT driver.

On opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen: an animated GT appears on the TFT display in the instrument cluster. The sportily designed cockpit in carbon fiber look provides information with two classic circular instruments in a 2-tube look and a 320 km/h speedometer scale (GT S with 360 km/h). The performance steering wheel with its three-spoke design sits perfectly in the hand: it comes with aluminium shift paddles, 12 o’clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section (performance steering with black nappa/Dinamica for the GT S). The GT’s sports seats are standard with ARTICO man-made leather/black fabric with integral head restraints (GT S with Artico man-made leather/black Dinamica), whilst AMG lettering is customary for the GT  (GT S has embossed AMG emblem in center armrest). The GT S also has matt silver fiberglass or black diamond trimmings as standard.

The AMG GT offers exemplary all-round visibility thanks to a high headroom. There are ample storage compartments: the center armrest, a centrally positioned twin cup holder and a large glove compartment, as well as a boot space with a capacity of 350 liters. In order to enhance uninterrupted dynamic driving, an aluminium cross strut is affixed to the seats to prevent boot items from sliding out.

Major controls like the Dynamic Select controller, electronic damper control, 3-stage ESP, volume control, manual transmission drive mode, ECO mode and selectable exhaust system, depending on equipment, are put in place for various drive experience. Furthermore, an innovative touchpad is positioned in the handrest above the COMAND Controller that’s integrated in front of the E-SELECT selector lever to allow the driver to access important functions quicker. A 7-inch central display is standard for the AMG GT, while an 8.4-inch touchscreen is valid if COMAND Online is specified. The driver operates seat heating, ParkTronic, hazard warning lights and the rear aerofoil using the buttons in the top control panel in the roof frame.

The Mercedes AMG GT is powered by a 4.0-liter V78 twinturbo powerplant, that’s paired to an AMG SpeedShift DCT 7-speed sports transmission. This means that the front mid-engine could churn 462 hp (GT S packs in 510 hp). With AMG Dynamic Select, the AMG GT provides these drive modes: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and a new “I” (Individual) mode, as well as the manual “RACE” drive (exclusively for the GT S).

Excellent power-to-weight ratio justifies the overall competence of the Mercedes AMG GT

A transaxle configuration at the rear axle, coupled with locking differential and sports suspension with aluminium double-wishbone put the AMG GT to its fast pace. Moreover, the GT gets even more agile with a justified weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent between the front and rear axle and a favorable power-to-weight ratio of 3.3 kilograms per hp. The GT S has the standard AMG Ride Control sports suspension with electronically controlled damping (option for the GT) for an even more precise agility. Highlights include speed-sensitive sports steering with variable ratio, ventilated, perforated 360 mm brake discs all around (390 mm front discs for the GT S), and the GT S’ AMG Dynamic Plus package. Options for the brakes include ceramic discs with a diameter of 402 mm at the front and 360 mm at the rear.

Safety features list for the AMG GT comprises the Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Adaptive Brake, Attention Assist and Tyre Monitoring system. Option extras are Adaptive Highbeam Assist, PRE-SAFE system, ParkTronic, Reversing camera, Lane Tracking package with Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist, and Traffic Sign Assist. Other passive features include three-point seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, as well as all-around airbags.

The Mercedes AMG GT and GT S are scheduled to hit global markets later in the year, with plenty of optional items for the exterior and interior.

Video footage of the Mercedes AMG GT

Mercedes AMG GT and GT S images


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