Affordable supercar to take on 911
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.