The New Mercedes-AMG GT

The wait is finally over. At 3.30am this morning AEST Mercedes-AMG unveiled the highly anticipated AMG GT.

The Porsche 911 rival will be launched in two variations, the GT and GT S. The GT is the entry point, with 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque on tap from its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Acceleration is claimed at 3.9 seconds for the 0-100 km/h dash, in preliminary AMG testing, while top speed is electronically limited to 304km/h.

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The GT S ups the ante on all fronts: 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque with increased peak performance levels offered via driving modes selected from the AMG Dynamic Plus package. Acceleration sits at just 3.7 seconds for 0-100km/h with a top speed for the GT S is electronically limited to 310 km/h.

A seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle mounted at the rear handles gear shifts and sends power to the rear wheels with a weight distribution of 47 percent on the front axle and 53 percent on the rear. A 230kg all aluminium frame holds the GT together and a performance exhaust system with a fully variable exhaust offers driver-selectable soundtracks from the twin-turbo V-8 based on the Dynamic Select mode.

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The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG and Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, recognises the need for top-of-segment driving quality.

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“With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfills our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The car is manufactured according to the motto ‘Handcrafted By Racers’—which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit,” Moers said in the release.

This story via Motor Authority, follow the link for their very decisive breakdown.

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