- The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is unleashed
- Brand-new sports machine set to rival Porsche and Audi
- Cargo space can hold two sets of golf clubs
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is an all-new sports car that was just recently unveiled by parent company Mercedes-Benz. Here’s why it’s important:
This is only the second original machine to wear the AMG badge. We usually see AMG versions (high-performance variants) of regular Mercedes-Benz cars, such as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG super-sedan. Then AMG created the SLS coupe and convertible from a completely clean sheet of paper.
With the SLS discontinued, all eyes are now on the GT S. Whereas the SLS existed in an elite world of highly expensive supercars, the GT S seems ready to become a major player in a game that currently includes the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and the 2014 Audi R8 V10.
The 2-door 2-seater has a classic profile with a long nose, raked roofline and compact tail. Styling details have a modern/retro approach, and Mercedes says there’s enough cargo space for two sets of golf clubs.
Golf, however, might be the last thing on a driver’s mind when there is 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque to play with. A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 delivers this impressive power to the GT S. The rear wheels receive their drive via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Standstill-to-60 miles per hour happens in a fleeting 3.7 seconds, and top speed is an impressive 193 mph.
The GT S is built on an aluminum space frame for a combination of light weight and high strength. Weight balance is a near-perfect 47/53 front to rear, and inside the cabin is a mix of fine leather seating and thin-film transistor instrumentation.
From the adaptive double-wishbone suspension and the multimode transmission to an electronic locking differential by way of sophisticated traction and stability controls and an adjustable exhaust system, technology is everywhere in the GT S. There are also safety features that include collision prevention assistance.
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S goes on sale in the United States in spring 2015, but pricing will not be available until the order books open in October. However, Mercedes says the GT S will stand “alongside the very best in its segment,” so we assume it will be similar to the Porsche 911 Turbo, which starts at $151,100.
In 2016, a non-S version will debut with 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It will take just a couple tenths of a second more to reach 60 mph.
What it means to you: You’ll most likely enjoy the exhaust noise of the GT S as it roars past you. There can also never be enough desirable sports cars on the market.