The new Mercedes-AMG GT is more comfortable and practical, but still freaking powerful
There's an all-new version of the AMG GT from Mercedes-AMG and it's drastically different from its predecessor in some ways and similar in others.
Mercedes-AMGhas listened to feedback from its customers and apparently what they want is a softer, more practical, more usable car, that doesn't sacrifice performance.
The folks at Affalterbach have gleefully obliged and one of the things that they did was make the new AMG GT larger. It's 40mm wider, 180mm longer, which has allowed for 2+2 seating and a rather spacious 250-litre boot. The boot is said to be large enough to accommodate two golf bags.
If the 2+2 seating sounds familiar, it's because it's something that the latest SL Roadster has. And in fact, the new AMG GT shares so much with the SL that it's essentially an SL with a fixed roof.
The cabin is said to be more luxurious and easier to see out of it. Taking centre stage is the massive 11.9-inch touchscreen that's common to almost every new Benz now.
Cementing the more comfortable direction that the AMG GT is going in are seats that will come with massage function as standard, though sportier and less heavy performance-oriented seats will be available for owners to spec up to.
Speaking of performance, the AMG GT will be available in two variants at launch:AMG GT 55 and AMG GT 63.
Both feature AMG's epic 4-litre bi-turbo V8 with the AMG GT 55 putting out 469hp and 700nm of torque and the AMG GT 63 producing a staggering 577hp and 800nm of torque.
With all-wheel drive as standard, both cars will easily hit get from a standstill to 100km/h in under 4 seconds.
While the new AMG GT clearly hasn't sacrificed any performance, the powertrain does have some notable differences worth mentioning. To start, the new car eschews its predecessor transaxle dual-clutch for a more conventionally-mounted nine-speed torque converter automatic.
Also, it has a wet sump oiling system instead of a dry sump one, presumably because most owners of the last-generation AMG GT hardly, if ever, took theirs to the track.
All in all, what this means is that the AMG GT is now less of a sports car and more of a GT, more of a Bentley Continental alternative than an outright 911 rival. And if the new SL roadster is any indication (full review of that to come soon), I don't think it's a bad thing at all.
Availability and pricing
The new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is set to go on sale in the first half of next year. Pricing has yet to be determined but we fully expect it to be in the same ballpark as the SL55 Roadster, which, in case you are wondering, starts at an eye-watering S$1,000,000.
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