The 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT is so significant car for the company that it changed its naming convention. It’s the successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT. The new sports coupe was developed entirely in-house by Mercedes and AMG. Company says – the car is creating its own sports car segment. It retains the front / mid-engine layout and the rear-mounted transaxle creates a 47:53 front to rear weight distribution.
The motor is a 4.0L V8 with two turbocharges mounted “inside the V”. This is AMG’s first production car with this turbo arrangement, but it does help eliminate most of the turbo lag. There will be two power rating ratings. The GT S model which will go on sale first in the spring of 2015 will produce 503 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm. DYNAMIC PLUS package widens the presence of the maximum power to a range of 6,000 – 6,500 rpm. The maximum 479 lb-ft of torque is available between 1,750 – 4,750 rpm (DYNAMIC PLUS extends the torque curve from 1,750 to 5,000 rpm).
The standard GT model will come to market a year after the GT S with a slightly lower power rating of 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered via a rear mounted 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The lightweight aluminum construction allows the GT S hit the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 193 mph. The GT is rated at 3.9 second 0-60 mph and a top speed of 189 mph.
The announcement does not list the car’s curb weight, but Mercedes-AMG is proud to say that the body shell weighs just 509 lbs.
Naturally, the GT is packed full of latest safety and information technology. The finely crafted interior uses high quality leathers and fibers and creates a fine ambiance for this gentleman’s grand touring sports car.
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