By on September 9, 2014


Mercedes-AMG GT (C 190) 2014Mercedes-Benz launched the replacement for their SLS AMG sports car, dubbed the AMG GT. Out go the gullwing doors and naturally aspirated 6.2L V8, with a new turbocharged 4.0L V8 and a 7-speed DCT backing it up.

The base GT (if you can call it that) puts down 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque (good for a 3.9 second sprint to 60 mph and a 189 mph top speed) , with the top-spec GT-S making 503 hp and 479 lb-ft and shaving .2 seconds of the 60 mph dash and a top speed pf 193 mph.

The GT-S also adds a variable exhaust, electronic dampers and an electronic LSD (the base car gets a mechanical unit) and variable engine and transmission mounts that can stiffen or flex depending on driving conditions. The higher spec model also gets 15.2 inch brakes all around.

The base GT will start at around $130,000 USD in Europe, but pricing and content for North America have yet to be announced. Expect the new 4.0L V8 to show up in the new AMG C63 (and likely in both trims, with a higher power S model following as well). Hopefully some of the GT’s styling migrates to the rest of the range as well.

456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque or 503 hp and 479 lb-ft 

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41 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz Reveals Their 911-Fighter...”

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    I want to be inside it.

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    In grey and in profile shot, it reminds me of a dolphin, or a penguin lying down.

    From the back view, I see a 944 S2!

    Other than that, it seems like they have just created a softer, smaller, cheaper car for the mass market, which is made to use the cred the initial supercar created. I don’t view this as an SLS replacement.

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    The car looks fantastic but it’s a bummer about the 6.2L V8. It was a real beast for power and had a soul stirring sound that the smaller displacement TT V8 won’t be able to match. It will be missed.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. It is a sad day when engines like the 6.2 are replaced with industrial heat pumps.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah – that’s a real shame. I’m sure it’s going to be a real dog.

        Do you have to be reactionary about anything new?

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        There’s an entire contingent of “experts” in general, with a subset of them on TTAC, who just know that the term ‘heatsoak’ is nonsense, and that even if some motors run, idle & remain hotter than others while off, that the noble beancounters of automotive companies gave appropriate funds to the engineers to properly deal with this hypothetical (/sarc) issue, and that turbocharged motors (particularly in petrol/gas motors) are as inherently reliable, if not more so, than normally aspirated ones.

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    The best thing about the SLS AMG was the way it tied into the early 50s heritage of the classic 300SL Gullwing.

    Dropping the Gullwing doors for me is a mistake for the replacement… But I am hardly the demographic for this car at 66 years old and starting to see the limitations of age creep up on me I expect the new Volvo station wagon or other active safety auto that will become available over the next few years will the smart buy for my declining years….

    Or I may be really dumb and watch the prices on the SLS AMG as they fall as it ages and pick one up if it gets to be something I can afford….

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    The SLS was a caricature of this. It looked and drove ridiculously. For YEARS I have dreamed of a focused, fixed roof, 2 seat Mercedes GT, either based on or priced like the SL, and now it’s here, and I’m very thankful. It looks great.

    It’s a shame the 6.2 had to die, but ultimately it will be fine. The BMW 1M should have had the S62 V8, but the N54TT didn’t ruin it. Similarly this should be fine with snails.

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      Since the SL has had a metal roof forever, is it much different that it has folding capabilities?

      Also, the focused version was the SL Black! Fixed roof there.

      Finally, aren’t “GT” cars typically meant to be four-seater? That’s the idea of a grand tour, right? You take another person or two and luggage. Like in the CL600. Or the Aston DB9. Ferrari California.

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    Looks like it have more headroom than the Crossfire it replaces.

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    Master Baiter

    Grille needs to be bigger.

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    With turbos you can have less exhaust silencing. If Fiat and Alfa can make a 4-pot sound like the Abarth 500 and the 4C with minimal exhaust silencing, a turbo V8 can be made to sound like an atmospheric engine. Now as to whether MB would actually do that for this car, that’s another story.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. I almost considered buying a 500 Abarth because of that incredible exhaust note. Thankfully my logical side won out and I avoided the ensuing monthly payments that would’ve dampened such joyful noise. It does give me hope for the exhaust notes of future smallish turbocharged performance cars.

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    I’m not sold on the headlights but otherwise looks great. Those proportions are timeless and the proper way a GT car should look. Considering what AMG was able to do with the 2.0L I4 in the CLA45, I wonder if they could work some turbo magic on the 3.5 V6. I would think it still would be good for 400 hp or so, which is Carrera S power, and would be lighter, helping out the handling. The lower price (maybe $100k?) and better CAFE scores would seem to help Mercedes out as well.

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    Style is of course a subjective thing but having seen a number of SLSes in their European habitat, I have to say that, in my opinion, the proportions of this car’s exterior are much nicer. The gullwing doors will be missed as a styling statement but not as a practical matter.

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    I like the styling. Good to see Mercedes getting back into the design game with some good ideas. Also like the fact that neither grille, front or back lights are huge. Very interesting red is a color inside. Could it be red or even more colors are making a comeback in interiors (pretty much the same idea as seen in the Jaguar yesterday)?

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    S2k Chris

    Sooo hot. Want to touch the heiney….

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    I’m not a big fan of Mercedes (they were amazingly solid, years ago, but very different now), but this car looks great from almost every angle.
    It would be interesting to see how it handles in a side-by-side comparison to the 911.
    One of these in the Christmas stocking would be a nice surprise…

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    Dan R

    Terrible styling inside and out. Looks amateur, derivative.
    Will sell well.

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    911 fighter? Maybe my eyes deceive me, but this thing looks heavy. I think it’s going to take a lot to get folks to see an MB as “sporty” in the traditional sense. On second thought, that doesn’t matter, because German.

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    All the new AMG’s have 5.5 biTurbos with no problems and no lost exhaust notes. Well all but the CLA45. That said 3.9 to 60 is a little slow for my tastes. Forget the muscle cars, an E63 is faster than that.

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    Dat dash-to-axle ratio. Also, dat lack of DLO fail, even with the door panel-mounted mirrors.

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    Needs a Hellcat.

    • 0 avatar

      I was just scrolling down to post a reference to Hellcat. Charger. Ha, I wanna see it blow MB’s non-gullwing doors off.

      Which makes the CLA a perfect complement for papa`’s GT, and they don’t have to sit in the driveway like mama`’s GL.

      It’s a perfect circle. Just perfect. And to remind you of it, MB put 6 round vents right in your face. And somewhere in NYC, Paris Hilton took a dump.

    • 0 avatar

      you can always engine swap it later

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    Meh, I have been starting at this car for half the day now trying to make myself like it and I just don’t, just like I don’t like the SLS either. 10/10 times I would take the F-Type coupe or 911 over this, or Viper, R8, Z06… Hell the Lexus RC-F is a whole lot more exciting than this car.

    I imagine it will sell, if you can sell the hideous SL and CLS, you can sell anything I guess and this looks a lot better than those two.

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    I don’t see anything about it that makes me say “gotta have it”. I’m sure it will sell some, the tri-star, by itself will take care of that but to be a 911 fighter?…I dunno.

    My issues:

    1. I wonder what the visibility will be like. High belt line, small rear window…I wonder if you’ll be able to tell where the hood ends.

    2. Mercedes has always had a issue with their DCT transmissions being unresponsive in manual mode, especially on downshifts. Maybe they’ve sorted that. Time will tell.

    3. Weight- Car and Driver estimates this at 3600# and a starting price of $130,000. That’s almost three times the price of the Corvette. Why, with the resources Mercedes has, and at that price, is the car so heavy? And at that price it’s close to a GT3 and a Turbo. Which car do you think will drive better?

    4. There’s a contingent of Porsche drivers who use their cars like a high faluttin watch. I’m guessing that’s who MB is going after. There’s a whole other set who appreciate the performance. How many Mercedes do you see at an HPDE? And how many who track their cars would leave Porsche for what MB is offering?

    I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I’d be surprised if this car does what MB wants it to. It does follow the MB formula of big power. Let’s see how sorted it is. It seems those boys in Affalterbach are waving their hands and shouting me too! To me, it’s just a piece of pogey bait.

    • 0 avatar

      @hubcap – jalonpnik is reporting a 3400 lb curb weight

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