Teasing appears to be the flavour of the month for generating interest in new cars and the all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT milked that for all its worth right to the point of its official world debut late last night.
The new flagship sports car of the Mercedes-Benz stable does not replace the discontinued mighty SLS AMG and positioning it just below the latter allows it to rope in a wider market demographic, one that would also be considering the Porsche 911.
So what does the AMG GT pack under its beautifully sculpted skin that would make it a worthy peer to the 911? For starters, extensive input from AMG throughout the development of the car cannot be a bad move.
There will be two trim levels for the coupe, both powered by the new M178 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with dry-sump lubrication albeit in different levels of tune. A standard GT spec will see the engine pumping out a healthy 456hp with 600Nm of torque, enough for a century sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 304km/h.
Say you need some extra grunt to take on the likes of the 911 Turbo S, the GT S variant will pack 503hp with 649Nm of torque, shaving off the 0-100 dash down to 3.7 seconds and raising the electronically-limited top speed to 311km/h.
The engine will sit behind the front axle for better weight distribution; 47:53, and the only transmission is a performance-focussed seven-speed dual clutch unit attached to a locking differential at the rear.
Weight is kept to a minimum via an aluminium spaceframe chassis with double-wishbone suspension all-around. The suspension components are forged from aluminium as well to keep poundage down. One feature that sets the GT S apart is adjustable damping that comes standard.
Visually, the AMG GT is a stunning beast. Retro styling cues inspired by the 300SL, such as the single-bar chrome grille and bubble roof, are thriftily placed on the outside so as to not interfere with the modern vibe the coupe projects.
Dual powerdomes on the hood signal the ferocity of the V8 underneath and if that was not enough to get the message across, two gaping air intakes on the lower corners of the bumper will. The bubble canopy roof flows all the way to the rear and skinny taillights poke out from the wide rear end for a minimalist look. There’s an electronically controlled spoiler as well.
Inside, the AMG GT is all modern and loosely resembles a cockpit, accentuated by the mountain of knobs rising out of the centre console that forms the Drive Unit. Mercedes-Benz claim it mirrors the V8’s layout but it just looks a little too busy to be communicating with on the road.
Additional performance options include forged wheels and ceramic brake rotors. One option that is only available on the GT S is the Dynamic Plus that, as the name suggests, dynamically adjusts the engine and transmission mounts, softening them up during cruising and stiffening them up for hard driving. The package also throws in a Race and Manual transmission mode apart from retuning the power steering, stiffening up the suspension and increasing negative camber for the front wheels.