Mercedes-AMG GT Overview
An all-new model for 2016, the Mercedes-AMG GT exemplifies the concept of rolling art. With a design that boldly honors the coupe’s heritage while hinting at the future of the brand, the AMG GT’s ridiculously long hood, exquisite rolling roofline and outrageously wide fender flares perfectly complement the incredible powertrain that lies just below the surface.
While the AMG GT serves as the entry point in this model line, Mercedes introduced this luxury sports car by bringing the more powerful GT S version to market first.
GT models feature a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The GT S variant offers a stronger version of the same engine, which delivers 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. In an effort to support its near-perfect weight distribution, both models use a seven-speed dual-clutch rear-mounted transaxle that is linked to the engine by means of a carbon-fiber driveshaft. If you opt for the AMG Dynamic Plus package, both the engine and transaxle are attached with electromagnetic fluid filled mounts that progressively stiffen for more precise handling.
The GT’s racing inspired chassis includes four-wheel double wishbone suspension and lightweight forged aluminum components. An electronically controlled suspension allows the driver to effortlessly configure the coupe for the road or the track, or just about anywhere in between. Staggered front and rear wheels add to the car’s performance and stunning good looks.
The aviation-inspired interior is also a purpose-built work of art. The massive center console houses the majority of the GT’s controls, putting everything nicely within arm’s reach. The materials that Mercedes chose for the cabin represent some of the finest Nappa leather and carbon-fiber applications that have ever appeared in a factory-built automobile.
Technology is a centerpiece on the Mercedes-AMG GT. The center 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system provides easy access to entertainment, navigation, internet-based applications and AMG’s performance menus. The standard Burmester surround-sound audio system sounds incredible and almost competes with the glorious noise that emanates from the coupe’s exhaust.
Although those twin turbos on the GT and GT S breathe pretty rare air, discriminating shoppers will also want to take a peek at the Jaguar F-Type R, the legendary Porsche 911, the Audi R8, the exotic McLaren 570S Coupe, the Aston Martin Vantage and the Nissan GT-R.