Mercedes AMG GT
Mercedes-Benz has decided to take a swing at the Porsche 911. Their new Mercedes AMG GT has its eyes set on taking down the rear engined sports car.
The GT is luxurious, fast and we are told that it should be a good handling car. But can it do what so many have tried and unseat the 911 as the sports car that all others are judged by?
The AMG GT has lines that look similar to the more expensive AMG SLS, but with more of a gradual sloping back. The sports car has a long hood to house the massive V8. The front features a large grille wearing the three point star and below that is the front spoiler which helps to give it a purposeful look.
From the side you can see just how long the front is and it features a good size air outlet just before the doors. The lines are very crisp and flowing throughout the car.
The rear end continues the smooth lines with the sloping rear glass leading to the rear spoiler that deploys at speed. The tail lights are somewhat narrow and follow the contours of the body.
The interior is loaded with leather and high quality materials. It, however, is overwhelmed by the massive center console. It is just huge and is the first thing you notice when looking at the inside of the car.
In spite of the large console it does provide well laid out controls that are available at the push of a button or turn of a nob. It will be interesting to see how drivers react to the interior and if it takes anything away from the driving experience or if it actually adds to it.
At the heart of the Mercedes AMG GT is a twin turbocharged V8. The standard GT puts out 456 horsepower and the GT S provides 503 horsepower. The engine uses internal turbochargers to help the 4.0-liter V8 engine manage these good output numbers.
All this power helps the standard GT go from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and it can keep going to the top speed of 189 mph. In the GT S you can rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and keep going all the way to 193 mph.
Official pricing has not yet been released, but expect for it to start around $85,000.
With loads of power and good quality materials the Mercedes AMG GT may give the Porsche 911 a run for its money. However, the GT will need to be more refined than some of Mercedes’ other sports cars that are all power and no finesse. We’ll have to wait until we can drive one to know if it is a complete performance machine.