GT S is sim­ply stun­ning

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ewan Kennedy

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.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

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.

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