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".
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.