While many automakers hide future models and deny they are coming, Mercedes and AMG almost embraced the teasing and spying process with the new GT. Furthermore, they even revealed their own spy shots and videos to help keep the media talking about the spiritual successor to the SLS AMG GT.
At some point, Mercedes needed to stop with the teasing, and that time was the September 9th debut of the GT. The car’s debut was a stark contrast to what we are used to from other manufacturers, who choose to roll out information slowly, as Mercedes and AMG gave us nearly every last bit of information they could on this new model.
Nevertheless, there is still a handful secrets that the automaker will hold onto for a few months, but we can now pass on the key details. The body is just as we expected, as the car was rarely under excessive camouflage during its testing process. However, there were still details that needed ironed out, like the car’s size and its new backside. Unfortunately, Mercedes didn’t dive into the actual size of the GT, but it is clearly much smaller than the SLS AMG. Despite being smaller in overall size, its cargo area looks as if it may be more useful, thanks to a liftback trunk as opposed to the smaller trunk opening on the outgoing SLS AMG.
In addition to the new body, enthusiasts and prospective buyers are interested in what powers this beast. Under the hood of the new Mercedes-AMG GT is a 4.0-liter, biturbo V-8 that has its turbochargers mounted inside the “V” rather than outside the cylinder banks, which allows for faster spooling times and less turbo lag. In addition to the turbochargers, AMG and Mercedes installed a dry-sump oil system that eliminates the need for a deep oil pan and allows the engine to sit lower in the chassis. This lower engine height drops the car’s center of gravity and increases its handling capabilities. The result is an engine that produces 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque in the base GT, and 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist in the GT S model.
Backing up the 4.0-liter V-8 is the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT-7 dual-clutch transmission. Furthermore, AMG GT has four selectable modes via the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT system — Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S), Sport Plus (S+) and Individual (I) — while the GT S model includes an exclusive “Race” mode.
The drivetrain ties together to create a super-fast machine, as the base GT sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and tops out at 189 mph. In addition to the base model is the more powerful GT S that completes the same 0-to-60-mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds and tops out at 193 mph. Furthermore, the GT S model also receives AMG RIDE CONTROL with electronically controlled damping in three stages: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
Since the model isn’t due in U.S. dealers until the spring of 2015, there are no pricing details available. But we do know that the GT S will launch first and the GT will follow it a year later.