Mercedes has revealed the first official images and details on its latest sports car, called the AMG GT. The two-door model will rival other high-powered coupes such as the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-TYPE R.
The AMG GT will become the new flagship sports car for the Mercedes brand, when it launches to the UK market in April 2015.
The curvaceous design of the new AMG GT is very reminiscent of the Mercedes SLS supercar. In fact, this new model is built upon the same kind of lightweight aluminium chassis used for the SLS.
There will be two specifications sold, the standard AMG GT and the more powerful AMG GT S. The GT S will actually arrive to markets first in April, with the more basic version following in August 2015.
Both specifications of the AMG GT will use a brand-new engine from Mercedes, a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol unit. This is linked with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and power is sent through the car’s rear wheels.
The standard AMG GT will produce 456bhp from its V8 engine. This allows for a 0-62mph sprint time of four seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 189mph.
Meanwhile, the AMG GT S offers 503bhp and has a quicker 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds. The limited top speed is slightly increased 193mph.
This new Mercedes is not only very fast, but also has numerous high-tech driving features to please enthusiasts. Those features include adaptive dampers that can be adjusted to different style of driving. Using what’s called a selectable exhaust, drivers will even be able to adjust how much noise can be heard from the V8.
The fuel efficiency and CO2 emission figures for the Mercedes AMG GT range are respectable for a high-powered sports car. The GT S returns 30mpg combined and emits 219g/km in CO2. The basic model fairs a little better, recording 30.4mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 216g/km.
Standard equipment for the AMG GT includes a reversing camera and parking sensors.
Pricing for the Mercedes AMG GT range will be announced next month.