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SLS successor to get 503bhp V8 engine; sets Porsche 911 Turbo firmly in its sights as development continues

The Mercedes-AMG GT has entered the final stages of its development ahead of its expected reveal at the Paris motor show in October.

New pictures have revealed a GT undergoing testing with a series of minor aerodynamic revisions, including a seemingly lower ride height, a fixed rear spoiler and a restyled front bumper. Mercedes has also recently revealed a profile shot of the car and some interior details.

Previously, spy images had shown the car being tested at the Nürburgring. The all-new sports car was a regular sight at the 'Ring last year, wearing heavier disguises, before development moved to the winter testing phase.

Aready described as being "the most beautiful car we've ever designed" by Mercedes' design chief Gorden Wagener, the GT will replace the larger and more expensive SLS in Mercedes' line-up when it goes on sale next year. Speaking to Autocar earlier this year, Wagener said: "You'd think it was hard to top the SLS.”

Wagener said that those who have seen it have been comparing it to the Jaguar E-type, although he believes the GT "has more timeless classical lightness to it".

A preview of the Mercedes-AMG GT with the company’s designers

Mercedes is said to have targeted the Porsche 911 Turbo for performance, meaning it'll be looking to beat that car's 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds, as well as its top speed of 195mph. Mercedes sources have already hinted the firm may have already come close to those targets.

Powering the GT is a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine with 503bhp and 479lb ft of torque. That engine is also set to appear in the C63 AMG, and shares its architecture with the turbocharged 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder unit found in the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG. The engine is mounted low and well back inside the engine bay of the GT, giving it better weight distribution.

Other features of the GT include a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission mounted to the rear axle assembly, as well as a mechanical locking differential. The Mercedes' gearbox is essentially an upgraded version of the unit used in the SLS, although this time it includes an automatic stop-start function for extra fuel economy.

Mercedes-AMG GT to get new 503bhp twin-turbo engine

The GT's predominantly aluminium structure, as well as other weight-saving materials, is said to have pushed its kerb weight down to around 1550kg, some 145kg less than the SLS.

In its search for class-leading driving dynamics, Mercedes has given the GT a number of shared SLS components, but updated its geometry significantly. The new sports car includes an electro-mechanical steering system sourced from the new C-class, something which replaces the older hydraulic set-up of the SLS.

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Leading the development team at the Nürburgring is Markus Hofbauer, who's credited with much of the chassis development carried out on the current Porsche 911. While Hofbauer and his team will be trying to get as much performance out of the GT as possible ahead of its on-sale date of 2015, the car is already said to lap the Nürburgring faster than the SLS.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is expected to go on sale later this year for around £100,000. It will be assembled on the same production line used for the SLS, at AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany.

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275not599 27 August 2014

Most beautiful?

"the most beautiful car we've ever designed" Who are "we"? If it's Mercedes Benz, I think they have never regained the peaks of the 60s/70s with the 230SL, the W111 coupés and the contemporary saloons. I doubt the AMG GT will scale those heights. As for comparisons with the E-type (which, though iconic, has its flaws), that smacks a little of desperate hype.
jl4069 26 August 2014

scoop you wont get on AC

"We’ve been hearing rumors that the U.S. will get a Ford Focus RS super-hatch for months. Now we have some exclusive info on what's coming. A Ford source has confirmed to Road & Track that the next-generation Focus RS is likely to come to North America in extremely limited numbers. Unlike its predecessor, it'll be AWD."
Lewis Kingston 26 August 2014

RE: Focus RS

Evening jl4069. We ran a substantial story on the next-gen RS back in July, which mentions an engineering study on a four-wheel-drive version - but the final production version is still expected to be FWD, like its predecessor. You can read more on that here:
jl4069 26 August 2014

thanks but R & T just updated there story

with this:
"To put the power down, Ford will employ an entirely new AWD system intended for high-output applications. It's not the same system employed on the Fusion, Escape, and MKZ. The new system will employ torque vectoring front and rear to aid handling, and after debuting in the Focus RS it will trickle down to other applications."

I sort of respectfully disagree with you. thanks, j

jl4069 26 August 2014

C-class steering now thats how to

make a sports car great. Go electric.

"The new sports car includes an electro-mechanical steering system sourced from the new C-class, something which replaces the older hydraulic set-up of the SLS."