GT S is simply stunning
Mercedes-AMG’s all-new GT does not replace the discontinued SLS gullwing coupe and its roadster brother.
However, the smaller model does share some platform components from the SLS.
The SLS was AMG’s first full design project and was always going to be a limited edition.
Mercedes-AMG Australia tells us no plans have been made at this stage about doing another SLS.
Only the GT S, the higherperformance model, is being imported to Australia.
With a starting price of $294,610 plus on-road costs, the GT S sits among the top end Porsche 911 models.
The upcoming Audi R8 and fascinating BMW i8 petrolelectric hybrid may also appear on your shopping list.
By way of contrast, the AMG GT S sits almost $200,000 under the SLS Gullwing and roadster.
The GT S has a large audience in the affordability stakes.
Styling is even stronger than that of the SLS, though it does miss out on the gullwing doors of the SLS coupe.
The aluminium space frame gives the GT S a bonnet that is long and bold.
There are “gills” on the front guards.
The cabin sits well back and its roof has stylish curves.
As is the way with all the bigname Europeans these days, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is powered by a turbocharged engine.
It seems naturally aspirated petrol powerplants are about to head into history as engineers strive to lower emissions and fuel consumption.
In the GT S, this means a 4.0litre twin-turbo V8 sits in the engine bay. A power output of 375kW and torque of 650Nm makes this high-output engine pretty special.
The Mercedes-AMG engine is mounted behind the front axle, making this a midengined machine with all that means in the way of excellent balance and chassis dynamics.
Putting the engine so far back has necessitated the use of a transaxle, so the eightspeed dual-clutch transmission sits between the front 19inch wheels and 20-inch rears.
Tyre sizes are equally impressive, 265mm by 35 per cent at the front and 295/30 at the rear.
Circumstances meant we were not able to take part in the drive program organised by Mercedes-Benz Australia, so we will borrow a GT S for a week as soon as we can.
In the meantime, we are assured by the journos who did attend that the engine sounds magnificent, particularly when the GT S is used in the Sport, Sport+ and Race settings.
There is all the right snap, crackle and pop sounds as the ultra-sharp double-clutch auto works its way up and down its seven-speed SpeedShift dualclutch transmission.
Keen on getting into a new Mercedes-AMG GT S? Then join the queue. Before the media launch, this meant a 12-month wait and now the car has gone public, interest is spreading fast.
A bold front and smoothly rounded rear are major features of the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT range.
A 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sits in the engine bay.