Mercedes-AMG GT Makes Alphabet Soup Sexy

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Boasting 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, the MercedesAMG GT S is the German automaker’s newest luxury sports car.

Making its official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-AMG is out to prove a point with its GT and GT S models with the more powerful variant accelerating to 60 mph from a standstill in a mere 3.7 seconds. Despite having 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the GT model doesn’t lag far behind with a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. It wouldn’t be fair to compare the all-new GT against the previous SLS flagship, but the GT S does offer just as much torque at a lowly 1,600 RPM in a smaller and lighter package. While that’s to be expected of a turbocharged engine over the old naturally aspirated mill, the new engine – codenamed M178 – uses something called a hot inside V that houses the turbochargers inside the cylinder banks. Consequently they require less space in the engine bay and deliver especially responsive boost.

2014 Paris Motor Show Coverage

Enhancing the driving experience, the GT S model has the ability to stiffen or soften the engine and transmission mounts based on your personal preferences. Both powerplants are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission housed behind the seats and connected to the engine via a transaxle.

Prepare to be impressed with the interior because Mercedes designed it to resemble the cockpit of a jet fighter. For example there are button on the center console laid out to look like the engine’s cylinder configuration. From the driver’s seat you have access to buttons that control variable drive modes that affect the handling, throttle response and shifts.

Unfortunately Mercedes hasn’t announced official pricing on the GT or GT S yet, but expect it to come soon because the car is heading to U.S. showrooms next spring.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Oct 02, 2014

    Least in live photos, the car looks better but it still does not look fantastic like its predecessor SLS AMG. This thing is more of a 911 knock-off with less exclusivity.