New V8 AMG Sportscar - the AMG GT [Release]

The Mercedes-AMG GT: an all-new V8 sports car developed entirely in-house by AMG. Two variants with differing power outputs – the 462 hp GT and the 510 hp GT S – based around an aluminium chassis structure weighing 231 kg. The Mercedes-AMG GT measures 4,546 mm in length, 1,939 mm in width and 1,289 mm in height – its tightly packaged bodywork means minimal front and rear overhangs and a wheelbase measuring 2,630 mm and a kerbweight from 1,540 kg. Powered by a tightly-packaged new AMG-designed, hand-built, biturbo 3,982 cc V8 engine equipped with dry sump lubrication and linked to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. In GT S form it can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds (AMG GT: 4.0 secs) and can hit 193 mph (189 mph). The GT and GT S arrive in the UK in April 2015, prices will be announced in October.

Designed by a team led by Gorden Wagener, Vice President of Design, Daimler AG and developed entirely in house by AMG, led by its Chairman, Tobias Moers, the GT is an all-new two seater sports car mixing the exhilaration expected of an AMG with precision, comfort and practicality
Gorden Wagener: ‘The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purest form – breath-taking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars from the past. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence.’

Interior mixes beautiful, high quality materials – nappa leather, carbon and aluminium – with technology – an 8.4-inch central screen featuring COMAND and simple, elegant controls, including the ability to control the exhaust valves via the DYNAMIC SELECT button
Aerodynamic devices are deployed to aid balance and cooling – the rear wing deploys automatically while under the bonnet and adaptive duct feeds cool air into the so called ‘hot-V’ of the twin turbochargers packaged in the middle of the ‘V’ created by the V8 engine
Straightforward, fast, beautiful and with a mighty presence, the GT is practical too – it has a hatchback boot and a load space measuring 350-litres
Built at Sindelfingen, the largely aluminium chassis structure makes it strong and light – the structure weighs 231 kg – with strategically-placed steel and magnesium components mixed in
Overall weight distribution is 47 per cent front and 53 per cent rear
The V8 engine – codenamed M178 – displaces 3,982 cc and is equipped with dry sump lubrication and twin turbochargers. In GT S form it produces its peak of 510 hp (GT: 462 hp) at 6,250 rpm (6,000 rpm) and 650 Nm of torque (600 Nm) between 1,750 and 4,750 rpm (1,600 and 5,000 rpm). It returns 30.1 mpg (30.4 mpg) and emits 219 g/km of CO2 (216 g/km)
GT is equipped with a mechanical rear differential as standard – the GT S is fitted with an electronically controlled differential, allowing faster responses
GT S gets AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension – electronically controlled three stage damping
AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package is available on the GT S – it builds on the standard drivetrain damping to add dynamic engine and transmission mounts that can operate independently of each other. The mounts automatically relax during comfort-orientated driving, and tighten up when it’s driven harder and the car senses the requirement

Standard front brakes on the GT measure 360 mm in diameter – on the GT S these grow to 390 mm (accompanied by red callipers). The optional ceramic composite items measure 402 mm
The GT is fitted with 255/35 R19 tyres at the front and 295/35 R 19 rear tyres – the GT S is equipped with 265/35 R 19 tyres at the front and 295/30 R 20 tyres at the rear
Last year in the UK a record 3,127 AMG cars were registered – up 40 per cent on 2012

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