2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Details:
Nestled between the banks of a handbuilt (usual AMG practice) 4.0-liter V8 are two turbos that cram 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque under the right foot. Factor in an aluminum spaceframe for light weight, rear-wheel drive, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an electronic locking differential, 47/53 weight distribution, plus double-wishbone suspension at both ends, and we’re looking at a machine that can credibly challenge top sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8 V10.
The company claims standstill to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, plus a top speed of 193 mph. Peak torque chimes in at just 1750 rpm for a big low-end punch, while all the horses are galloping at 6250 rpm.
Being a modern Mercedes, the AMG GT S comes tingling with cutting-edge technology including TFT instrumentation and the ability to adjust the exhaust vanes for a soundtrack that ranges from considerate commuting to cacophonous cornering. More serious features are drivetrain damping, multi-mode transmission, active suspension, race-derived dry sump lubrication and collision prevention assist. Ceramic brake discs are optional.
Mercedes-AMG gives its second original offering (after the SLS) a classic profile of long nose, short raked cabin and pert tail. The effect is a kind of modern/retro mash-up. It’s a two-seater and the company says there’s enough cargo space for two sets of golf clubs. As if anyone would stop driving this car to play golf.
Pricing is still to be announced, but considering a 911 Turbo starts at $151,100 and Mercedes-AMG (somehow the “Benz” has been dropped) says this car stands “alongside the very best in its segment” then we’d expect that to be a ballpark figure.
After the GT S launches, the lower-power GT follows a year later. Same engine, but tuned to make 456 hp and 443 lb-ft. It will still sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.