Mercedes-AMG finally unveiled its long-awaited GT sports car — and to say it’s impressive would be an understatement.
But this didn’t happen with the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Instead of chasing Ferrari and Lamborghini’s glamorous hypercars, Mercedes has decided to take its SLS replacement in a decidedly different direction. By making a smaller, lighter, and more athletic car than the outgoing SLS, Mercedes-AMG has taken aim at Porsche’s vaunted 911 and Jaguar’s slick F-Type.
In addition to being six inches shorter, and 440 pounds lighter, the GT will be $US70,000 cheaper than the SLS, with starting price of $US129,000, reports Bloomberg.
The GT will maintain the company's signature long-hood/short-tail proportions, which it shares with the SLS.
In fact, Gorden Wagener, Vice President of Design at Daimler AG, calls the new Mercedes-AMG GT a 'sports car in its purist form.'
He adds, 'Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars.'
Its high performance LED headlights will also feature a pair of highly stylised LED 'eyebrow' daytime running lights.
However, as soon as you take a step back, it's clear the Mercedes-AMG GT is much smaller than the SLS it replaces.
Interestingly, the curves on this stylish coupe resemble the iconic Jaguar E-Type as much as the classic gullwing 300SL.
Don't let the sporting theme of the GT fool you -- it's still a Mercedes, with all of the fine leather and high tech you'd expect from the brand.
The redesigned interior features a massive waterfall central column in what the company call its 'aviation design theme.'
Both models will be mated to Mercedes' terrific Speedshift seven-speed gearbox, with fully adjustable shift modes.
With its wheels pushed to the far corners of the car and its engine mounted behind the front axle, the GT offers a balanced weight distribution.
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait a few months to get your hands on one. The GT S is set to launch in the US next spring. The base GT will follow in 2016.
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