When Mercedes-Benz announced to discontinue the SLS AMG, I held my breath in hopes if such a beautifully designed car would ever see light of day again. But then soon enough, sketches and camouflaged version of the AMG GT started surfacing and my hopes were re-lived once again. The new car maintains its proportions with the outgoing SLS AMG model.
And with its distinctively long bonnet, sloping coupe rear that articulately merges with the tail section and the diamond grilled front-end, the new Mercedes-Benz design language has made way to the GT from the rest of the line-up with cars like the new C-Class and the CLS-Coupe exuberating similar flamboyant design. Albeit, a big disappointment comes as you realize that the signature SL300-inspired gull wing doors have been replaced by conventional ones. Overall though, the car is still a looker!
Under the bonnet, gone is the 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V8, which is now replaced by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8. With the turbo mounted inside the V8 cylinder banks in a new format that Mercedes likes to call “Hot Inside V” spool up quicker thus offering better throttle response in comparison to conventional turbochargers. The reduction in engine size has also resulted in the GT being lighter at its feet, weighing 1540kgs, a full 80kgs less that its predecessor.
The AMG GT will be offered in two sets of tune. The base version will have 456bhp and 600Nm of torque accelerating the GT to 100kmph from a standstill in 4 seconds (the previous SLS AMG did the same in 3.7seconds) while the AMG GT S models would produce 503bhp and 650Nm of torque making it 0.2 seconds quicker to 100kmph that the base version. The GT and GT S are both electronically restricted to 304 and 310 kmph respectively, but surely AMG will be selling packages later to remove restrictions. Both the engine are hooked up to a seven-speed twin-clutch paddle shift gearbox.
For stability and advanced dynamic control, the electronic rear differential on the GT S replaces the mechanical differential on the GT, while the GT S comes equipped with adjustable dampers, an option on the base GT. To further aid the stability, Mercedes-Benz have incorporated dynamic drivetrain mounts (first car in the world) that edges the GT ahead of its competition (Porsche offer dynamic mounts only for the engine and transmission). Both the cars would feature carbon-ceramic brakes, forged alloy wheels and Michelin cup tyres to add to its handling characteristics.
Mercedes-Benz aims to target the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the Porsche 911 with its new GT hotrod. Although, where the Porsche is more of a precision handling machine, the GT is more so known for its loose rear end while pulling out meticulously evil slides. Priced at 90,000 pounds (Rs 88,31,610/-, excluding duties and taxes) for the base GT, we would soon expect the roadster and the snarly Black Edition to follow.