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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Will Get 503-HP Twin-Turbo 4.0-Liter V8


Just the Facts:
  • The new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT sports car will be powered by a 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, parent Daimler AG announced on Friday.
  • The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT arrives at U.S. dealerships next spring.
  • Pricing has not been announced, but company insiders tell Edmunds that it will "not be an exotic sports car pricing level."

AFFALTERBACH, Germany The new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT sports car will be powered by a 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, parent Daimler AG announced on Friday. The car is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT arrives at U.S. dealerships next spring.

Dubbed M178, the new 4.0-liter V8 develops 479 pound-feet of torque and is the latest in a long line of high-performance engines from the automaker's AMG subsidiary.

It is smaller and lighter than AMG's M157 engine, a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that delivers between 517 and 577 hp and torque of 516-664 pound-feet, depending on the model.

The 2016 GT is a follow-up to, but not a direct replacement for, the $220,000 Mercedes-AMG SLS gullwing sports car, according to the company.

While it is expected to share some components from the SLS, the GT will be slotted well below that exotic price point — likely around $120,000, according to company insiders — which would pit it against such models as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Porsche 911 GT3.

Details about the Mercedes-AMG GT are being released slowly by the automaker. Mercedes released photos of the GT's interior earlier this year, ahead of the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Edmunds says: The Mercedes-AMG GT is shaping up as a compelling choice for buyers who want the sports-car cachet without a huge price tag.

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