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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz recently debuted the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT supercar in Germany. The GT is the second car in the company's line-up to be entirely developed by AMG, the first being the SLS AMG. In the past, Mercedes has often partnered with McLaren for it's sports cars.

The GT will be powered by a new 4-litre V8 engine, which features two turbos that are laid out in an arrangement known as the "hot inside V." This layout helps the engine to remain compact. It delivers 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The GT S variant gets even more, 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. Mercedes says that the GT S will run the 0 to 60 mph race in as little as 3.7 seconds, and the GT in 3.9 seconds.

Keeping this super car light, the AMG GT's frame is 90 percent aluminum, weighing only 509 pounds. The car's curb weight is 3,500 pounds, which is 304 pounds less than the previous SLS AMG GT. It is also smaller, with a wheelbase that is about 2 inches shorter, and it's overall length is a little less too. The car's width remains the same, at 76.3 inches.

From a styling perspective, the GT brings to mind the Mercedes 300SL from the 1950s. It also seems to take some style cues from the 911, with it's domed roof and a gently downward sloping tail. Handling wise, it should be nimble and dynamic thanks to a well balanced 47-53 weight distribution. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT can boast double the cargo space of the SLS, with 12.4 cubic feet of it thanks to it's wide opening hatch.

Unlike the SLS AMG, the track-oriented GT does not have gullwing doors. They look great, but they're heavy and expensive. This car is both lighter and less expensive as a result. Mercedes hasn't offered up pricing yet, but they do say that it will be "aggressively priced" compared to the SLS, which was a little over $200,000. Since the GT is expected to rival the Porsche 911, we're thinking that it will be similarly priced, starting around $85,000. It is interesting to observe that Mercedes is moving into a sportier direction, where Porsche is moving into sedans and SUVs.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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