- The top-of-the-line 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car arrives at U.S. dealerships in spring 2015, followed by the base 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT launch in mid-2016.
- Formal pricing has not been announced, but the cars should cost from $100,000 to $120,000.
- The Mercedes-AMG GT targets the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8 V8 and Porsche 911 GT3.
AFFALTERBACH, Germany — The top-of-the-line 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car arrives at U.S. dealerships in spring 2015, followed by the base 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT launch in mid-2016.
Formal pricing has not been announced, but the cars should cost from $100,000 to $120,000.
"With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand," said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, in a statement.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Final Edition is on sale now, starting at $224,605, including a $925 destination charge and $2,100 gas-guzzler tax.
AMG is the high-performance arm of the German automaker that puts a premium on a custom experience for buyers. Every AMG engine is hand-built from start to finish by one of about 50 Master Engine Builders in a special facility.
In July, parent Daimler released some technical specifications on the Mercedes-AMG GT but provided more details on Tuesday.
Christian Bokich, a Mercedes-Benz U.S. spokesman, told Edmunds that certain technical details, including dimensions, will not be available until November.
When asked why the high-end model is launching first, he explained that Daimler is taking a page from the Porsche playbook.
"The GT S launching first makes sense since Porsche does that with the 911 and the first customers in this segment typically want the best of the best," Bokich wrote in an e-mailed reply. "Plus, our take-rates for 'S' upgrade models, such as in the Mercedes-Benz E63 sedan/wagon are vastly higher than non S-models.
"Launching with the GT S is great for the customer and great for positioning the car to the highest levels from the start as a halo model."
The two-seat sports car is equipped with a new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine dubbed M178. The engine is linked to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
The Mercedes-AMG GT is offered in two output ratings. The GT delivers 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The GT S delivers 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.
The GT has a top speed of 189 mph, while the GT S has a top speed of 193 mph.
Fast laps on the racetrack are expected, since the GT sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the GT S shaves 2 tenths of a second off that time.
Fuel economy estimates are not available at this time.
Exterior cues include a long hood with pronounced power domes, side air outlets, LED headlights and an electronically retractable rear spoiler. The car can be customized with several exterior packages, including an Exterior Silver Chrome package, a Night package and Exterior Carbon-Fiber package.
The cabin has an "aviation design" theme with spotlight-style vents and a low seating position. The GT S kicks it up a notch with a 220-mph speedometer scale and performance steering wheel.
Standard features include an AMG performance exhaust system and a mechanical rear-axle locking differential that improves traction and increases cornering speeds at the limits.
A long list of standard safety features includes Collision Prevention Assist Plus, a rearview camera and Attention Assist. Optional safety features include Blind Spot Assist and a Lane Tracking package.
Edmunds says: Unlike the more exotic SLS, the new AMG GT is aimed at sports car buyers who want serious performance and everyday drivability.