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.”