Af­ford­able su­per­car to take on 911

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

MERCEDES-AMG is about to pro­duce a more af­ford­able “su­per­car’’ aimed more at the Porsche 911, re­plac­ing the hy­per ex­pen­sive SLS coupe and road­ster.

The new Mercedes-AMG GT runs a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo en­gine with 375kW.

The in­no­va­tive V8 fea­tures light­weight con­struc­tion, as well as its high ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pat­i­bil­ity.

Max­i­mum torque of up to 650Nm feeds through the rear wheels to de­liver mo­tor­sportin­spired per­for­mance.

AMG is en­tirely re­spon­si­ble for both devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of the car.

The new V8’s two turbos are not mounted on the out­side of the cylin­der banks, but in­side the V con­fig­u­ra­tion – ex­perts call it a “hot in­side V”.

The ben­e­fits are a com­pact en­gine de­sign, op­ti­mum re­sponse and low ex­haust gas emis­sions.

Dry sump lu­bri­ca­tion al­lows the en­gine to be in­stalled lower, which moves the cen­tre of grav­ity closer to the road and forms the ba­sis for high lat­eral ac­cel­er­a­tion.

The en­gine has a dry weight of 209kg – the light­est in its seg­ment.

As the lat­est mem­ber of the Mercedes-Benz BlueDIRECT en­gine fam­ily, the AMG 4.0litre has an emo­tive and un­mis­tak­able V8 en­gine sound, along with an im­me­di­ate re­sponse and high pulling power.

The torque curve is con­fig­ured for good drive­abil­ity with the peak of 650Nm avail­able from 1750 to 4750rpm.

It’s closely re­lated to the AMG 2.0-litre turbo en­gine.

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