Forget the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car is the most important thing being released in two distinct flavours today.
Set to be available in both GT and GT S trim, the replacement for the wondrous SLS AMG packs a twin turbocharged 4.0 litre V8 engine into a two-seater chassis; featuring a high proportion of aluminium components to save weight. With 462 bhp and 443 lb-ft of torque in GT spec, and 510 bhp and 487 lb-ft in GT S spec, Merc’s new supercar is going to pretty quick with a kerb weight of less than 1,600 kgs.
Official performance figures state 0-62 mph in 4.0 seconds for the GT, dropping to 3.8 seconds for the GT S; top speeds are electronically limited at 189 mph and 193 mph for the two respective variants. Turning those rear wheels via a mechanical locking differential (electronically controlled in the GT S) is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Official fuel consumption is noted as a combined average of 30.0 mpg.
Also unique to the GT S is the addition of three-stage electronically controlled suspension, featuring both sport and sport plus modes. Both cars receive forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension, combined with a speed variable steering system. Three stage ESP includes the ESP Sport handling mode along with the off mode, should you wish to get a little bit lairy with the back end. Brakes are ventilated and perforated discs – larger on the GT S – with a carbon ceramic system available on the options list.
With an interior that almost resembles a DTM car in how much the centre console rises around the driver, it’s clear the Mercedes-AMG GT is very much focused on performance. Naturally, there’s a three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom and aluminium gearshift paddles, along with high-back sports seats and a whole array of controls to set up the car to your liking. Most importantly, is the option (standard on the GT S) for fully variable exhaust flaps, allowing the driver to tune its sound dependent on mood. We recommend loud – always.
Full pricing and exact specifications for the Mercedes-AMG GT will be released in October, with the first UK deliveries set to start in April 2015. It is undoubtedly a very handsome coupe, although minus the iconic gullwing doors featured on the SLS AMG. We’re already a fan here at EngageSportMode, and we’ll bring you more information and details as we get them. For now, enjoy the photos and start worrying about GT or GT S, rather than which iPhone to get.