Mercedes-Benz GT AMG to target 911

Mercedes-Benz GT AMG rendering

This rather nice looking rendering has been created by Autocar and accompanies its story on the Mercedes-Benz GT AMG.

So what is this GT AMG thingy, then? Think of it as a sub-SLS sportscar which has been created to target what seems to be the default industry benchmark, the Porsche 911. It’s due to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October, with Euro sales to commence about a year from now.

Powered by a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine (M177) producing 500hp, give or take, depending on the tune, it will be rear-wheel drive only and coupled to a 7-speed double clutch transmission. The two-seater, codenamed C190, will be wrapped in an aluminium body and is expected to weigh 1480kg.

The GT will be similar in size to the SLS, but will feature conventional doors and a more accessible opening rear hatch.

Production for the SLS is about to end and the GT will partly bridge the gap until the next-gen SLS arrives in coming years. Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes-Benz says the GT will have a more modern appearance than the SLS and will cast a new visual language for other models to follow.

“It makes the SLS look dated,” Wagener claimed.

[Source: Autocar]