Mercedes-Benz’s local subsidiary will import the regular GT in the next few months, with pricing that could save up to $30,000 over the GT S that has been on sale since 2015.
The GT uses the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as the GT S, though in a lower state of tune. Its power and torque outputs of 340kW and 640Nm are 35kW and 10Nm shy of the S, and it also takes another two-tenths of a second to reach 100km/h from standstill (4.0 v 3.8 seconds).
Standard equipment levels will also be reduced and options more limited. For example, the AMG Ride Control multi-mode suspension is not expected to be standard on the GT, while the S’s optional carbon ceramic brakes will not be offered at all.
Mercedes-Benz Australia still expects to sell five times as many GT S models as the GT, despite the latter’s lower price tag.
The German brand’s supercar range will expand to three in 2017 with the recently revealed Mercedes-AMG GT R, which will sit at the other end of the spectrum to the base GT with the most power (430kW) and fastest acceleration (0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds).