The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT coupe is now available in the UK, with order books opening this week.
The new hero car is a very special, very important model for Mercedes and its AMG performance arm. But, of course, this car, adding another high-performance halo to the brand, is 'business as usual'.
Mercedes-Benz can claim a racing history going right back to its first car.
Widely regarded as the car that defined the modern car, Wilhelm Maybach’s 1900 35hp ‘Mercedes’, (named after Mercedes Jellinek, the daughter of Emil Jellinek who had ordered the car), was built as a race car.
It raced, and it won. And ‘Mercedes’ became the new brand for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. Fast forward 114 years and the Mercedes sporting heritage is as strong as it has ever been.
And its most potent machines now sit under three letters that are burned into the consciousness of enthusiasts everywhere: “AMG”. (Just to whisper them conjures the thunderclap of racebred V8s and the whip-crack of blistering turbos.)
Now there is a new successor to Maybach’s 35hp ‘Mercedes’: the Mercedes-AMG GT (and GT S).
A two-seater, with classic long-bonnet/short-rear proportions, sitting under the nose of both GT and GT S is a new lightweight 4.0 litre biturbo V8.
It’s capable of ripping out the 0-100km/h dash in 3.8 seconds and running on to a top speed of 310km/h.
"With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand," Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said.
"(This) car is manufactured according to the motto 'Handcrafted By Racers'.”
Developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG (which now sits as a performance sub-brand under the broader MB brand), the body of the two-seat AMG GT is 93 percent aluminium and with a rear-biased weight-distribution of 47 percent front, 53 percent rear.
It sits on double-wishbone suspension front and rear, with ‘ride control’ AMG performance suspension.
The biturbo dry-sump bent-eight comes in two states of tune: 341kW in the entry model GT, up to 375kW in the top-dog model GT S.
The AMG GT range went on sale in Germany last month, priced from €76,100 (AU$108,865). In the UK this week, the line launches from £97,195 (AU$175,867).
Australian pricing is still to be confirmed, but - as with Germany and the UK - Porsche’s 911 Carrera S is understood to be a marker of what buyers can expect, suggesting a starting point of around $250,000.
A local debut is expected to occur sometime around June. The company's local arm has already confirmed that more than 100 pre-orders have been taken, all of them for the top GT S model - the only version currently scheduled to arrive here.
Let the ‘beast wars’ begin.
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