Merc GT

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The

reign of the Porsche 911 as the world’s go-to sports car could soon be over, as Mercedes-Benz un­leashes a newage mus­cle car.

Its AMG GT is a con­densed and im­proved ver­sion of the SLS gull­wing, with shorter and more mus­cu­lar body­work wrapped around an all-new four-litre twin-turbo V8 en­gine.

It’s the sec­ond road-up project by the AMG go-faster di­vi­sion, but this time the en­gi­neers from Af­fal­ter­bach have been given free reign in­stead of try­ing to rein­vent a car from the past.

The GT has a claimed top speed of 304km/h with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.0 seconds, thanks to a rel­a­tively light weight of 1570 kilo­grams and a power out­put of 340 kilo­Watts and 600 New­ton-me­tres of torque, although the fig­ures jump to 375 and 650 for the GT S, lifting the top end to 310 and trim­ming the sprint time to 3.8 seconds.

Pric­ing for the car is likely to un­der­cut the 911 S at some­where be­tween $240,000 to $250,000, but Benz says it’s not aim­ing to out­sell its tar­get.

“Ob­vi­ously, Porsche has been there since ever with the 911. It’s clearly, for them, an icon car,” says Mercedes-Benz boss, Di­eter Zetsche.

“We think on a fac­tual ba­sis we can beat them in almost all mea­sures, but this will not give us the mar­ket leader po­si­tion. This is un­re­al­is­tic.”

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