What Is It?
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is an all-new two-seat sport coupe that will replace the outgoing SLS AMG. Unlike the SLS with the evocative gullwing doors, the GT will feature conventional doors as well as a more rounded shape. Returning will be the overall proportions with the long hood, blunted tail and raucous performance.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Look for the AMG GT to start showing up in Mercedes-Benz dealers in the spring of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the AMG GT will be priced in the $100,000-to-$120,000 range, making it about half the price of the SLS it replaces.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
Initially, the AMG GT will be offered in the higher-performing GT S trim, with the regular-spec GT following. A convertible version is likely in the works but not confirmed. Options will likely include carbon-fiber interior and exterior elements, composite brakes, upgraded audio and a long list of paint, wheel and interior trim choices.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- Both GT and GT S versions feature a hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8.
- The GT S will produce 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
- The base model GT will make 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
- A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual will be the only transmission offered.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Besides the usual mandated safety features, the AMG GT will also come with frontal collision warning and intervention, a driver drowsiness alert, blind-spot monitors and lane keeping assist.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi R8: Although it's been in production for quite some time, at least by sports car standards, the R8 still remains a lustworthy object. Balanced and compact with styling that isn't held back by heritage or tradition, this Audi is firmly planted in the 21st century.
Jaguar F-Type R: "Raucous" and "sexy" best describe the F-Type R Coupe. It may not be the fastest car around a racetrack, but it is wildly entertaining and turns heads wherever it goes.
Porsche 911: The tried and true 911 is the embodiment of the sports car, though it is a bit more clinical to its approach than others. With a wide variety of models with varying degrees of performance, there is likely one that speaks to any driver.
Should You Wait for It?
We won't know for sure until we put the AMG GT through its paces, but considering that it is half the price of the SLS, your bank account will likely determine whether you should wait.