- Mercedes today released official interior photos of the 2016 AMG GT, a new sports car that will launch at the Paris auto show in October.
- The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT goes on sale in Europe next spring.
- The GT will replace the SLS as the only car built entirely by AMG.
NEW YORK — On the eve of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mercedes has released interior photos of the 2016 AMG GT, a new sports car that will officially debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October.
Built off the remains of the aluminum SLS AMG architecture, the GT will go on sale in Europe next spring with a price of around $150,000.
The interior has, according to Mercedes-Benz, been heavily influenced by the aviation industry, though keen observers will note it has also been heavily influenced by the just-launched C-Class sedan as well.
"The new Mercedes-AMG GT proves that we will be positioning AMG as a dynamic sports car brand even more strongly and aggressively than before," AMG CEO Tobias Moers said.
"The technological substance of the GT underscores our high aspirations with regard to vehicle dynamics, agility and sportiness. Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by AMG."
While much of the GT's switchgear seems to be taken directly from the C-Class, there are plenty of independent pieces from AMG. The interior shows it inherits the C-Class's overtly curved touchpad and wrist support for the controlling knob, while one significant button also shows the GT will also keep the SLS's adjustable damping.
It retains the SLS's signature short dashboard, though it finds space to fit it with six face-level vents, which may be overkill for two people. AMG insists the dashboard uses six vents, among other styling tricks, to place extreme emphasis on width and tries to create the impression of a wing.
Whatever Benz does with the interior, the GT will be nothing without proper motivation. Although no official announcement has been made yet, sources say the rear-wheel-drive sports car will use a new-generation twin-turbocharged, direct-injection V8 with variable valve timing and lift to punch out around 550 horsepower.
The engine, dubbed M177, is essentially two of AMG's 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder motors (as fitted to the A45 and CLA45) crammed together.
Slated to also find a home in the next C63 AMG, the 4.0-liter V8 shares its bore spacing with the 2.0-liter four, with AMG insiders insisting it will comfortably deliver up to 580 hp in production trim.
It will drive through a development of the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission fitted to the SLS, with newer electronics masking near-identical hardware, upgraded for the increased torque. You can also expect a mechanical limited-slip differential and torque vectoring.
There is also a track-focused Black Series version of the GT in the planning stages, with even more power, more aggressive aerodynamics and less weight, though it's not expected to arrive until 2018 at the earliest.
Edmunds says: The interior certainly looks sharp, but it will be the shape of the exterior — not to mention what's under the hood — that will likely determine the desirability of this all-new sports car from AMG.