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Mercedes AMG GT details announced

By Michael Stahl, 27 Jun 2016 News

Mercedes AMG GT details announced

Don’t fancy waiting until 2017 for the AMG GT R? Mercedes’ entry-level GT coupe might be just what you’re looking for – and it will be available sooner

On the heels of AMG’s ultimate GT – the 430kW AMG GT R due next year – comes more detail on the entry GT coupe - and buyers of the base model won’t have that long to wait.

To date, AMG’s super-coupe has soldiered on solely in 375 kW GT S guise, at $295,000. It will be joined within the next three months by the entry GT which, with less power and torque and a smaller list of standard and optional equipment, will be priced in the region of $265-$270,000.

Mercedes -AMG-GT-driving -front -sideStill, a Mercedes-Benz spokesman at the Goodwood Festival of Speed insisted that this was, after all, the AMG GT: “It’s not a boulevard car.”

In GT guise, the 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 produces 340kW and 640Nm (versus 375kW/650Nm in GT S) and is 0.2 seconds slower to 100 km/h (4.0 vs 3.8 seconds). That’s despite the GT being 30kg lighter, at 1615kg.

Mercedes -AMG-GT-fasciaThe GT rides on a similar suspension, but will likely lack the S’s Active Ride Control. Wheels will be 19”, as on S, but with 255/35 front and 295/35 rear rubber, versus S’s 265/35 and 295/30. Carbon-ceramic brakes won’t be optionally available on the base GT.

Mercedes -AMG-GT-rearFor all the style and performance that suddenly becomes just that little bit more attainable in the GT, the same Mercedes-Benz spokesman expects the more expensive GT S to outsell it by about five to one. A total of about 100 of the AMG coupes will be sold in Australia this year.