The deputy for a gullwinged SLS AMG is here and it’s called a 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT.
The new sports coupe is as far-reaching and low-slung as ever, though facilities a new demeanour that is easier and some-more in-line with a automaker’s latest models. Where a SLS Coupe used gullwing doors, a GT has a span of required doors. The rest of a vehicle, however, is no reduction outlandish than a predecessor.
Under a skin is an aluminum spaceframe that weighs only 509 pounds (before a engine, body, interior, and a rest of a automobile are total to strech a final unstated quell weight). The aerodynamics have been redesigned to raise opening and cooling. And a new turbocharged engine is, according to Mercedes, a initial of a kind.
Powertrain and performance
Under that far-reaching carp you’ll find a newly grown 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine, internally dubbed a M178. Rather than unresolved a turbos off of a side of a engine, AMG has tucked them into a core of a V-shaped cylinder bank. This “hot inside V” configuration, as Mercedes calls it, should optimize turbocharger responsiveness, support in revoke empty gas emissions by boosting thermal efficiency, and allows a engine package to be some-more compact.
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT suggested (pictures)
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That compress construction total with dry sump lubrication — like what you’ll see on purpose built racing cars — also allows a engine to be mounted reduce in a framework and serve behind behind a front wheels, giving a GT a “front mid-engine” configuration. By going dry sump, a engine is also means to improved oil itself during high-G cornering. Mercedes-AMG claims that a new GT is a initial sports automobile to use this multiple of turbocharger chain and dry sump lubrication.
As it tradition with AMG’s engines, any of these M178s is hand-assembled by a singular master engine builder who afterwards signs a engine plate.
Mercedes-AMG’s new coupe will be permitted in GT and GT S trim levels, differentiated by settled outlay and a few discretionary opening technologies. The bottom turn GT outputs 456 horsepower 443 pound-feet of torque, slinging a lightweight framework from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and leading to a tip speed of 189 mph. The step adult GT S is good for a settled 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph times dump to 3.7 seconds while a tip speed climbs to 193 mph.
Like a predecessor, a SLS AMG, a rear-wheel driven GT uses a rear-transaxle pattern for a gearbox. The engine forward of a motorist is connected to a 7-speed twin purchase delivery that sits behind a newcomer dungeon by a column shaft. This spreads a powertrain’s weight opposite a wheelbase and contributes to a coupe’s rear-biased 47/53 front-to-rear weight distribution.
A lightweight chassis, a low core of gravity, and a wide, well-balanced footprint should supplement adult to a nimble sports car. The GT uses a double wishbone cessation during all 4 corners to assistance keep a customary 19-inch circle and tire combos glued to a tarmac. The GT S stairs a diversion adult with a customary electronically tranquil damping that allows a motorist to adjust a ride’s characteristics between Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes during a hold of a symbol and a customary back spindle locking differential.
The opening can afterwards be serve upgraded with a further of discretionary energetic engine and delivery mounts that can be soothing when cruising and unbending when optimal responsiveness is some-more critical than comfort. There are also discretionary ceramic brakes, fake wheels, and specifically grown tires permitted to boost a opening (and a cost tag) of a new GT S.
Cabin and reserve tech
In a “aviation” themed cabin, drivers will correlate with powertrain’s several modes and settings around a AMG Drive Unit controls on a core console. Here you’ll find 8-buttons and knobs (arranged to relate a cylinders of a V-8) that tweak all from a active empty to a adaptive cessation to a contingent of expostulate modes.
Not most fact has been given about a COMAND infotainment during a tip of a dashboard, though we can tell from a photos that it will be permitted around a control doorknob in a core of a core console, only forward of a change push for a semi-automatic transmission. The COMAND complement appears to be a same turn of tech that we saw in the 2015 S550 with a identical controller.
Safety tech on this super sports coupe hasn’t been overlooked. The GT will come customary with Mercedes-Benz’ collision impediment support with Pre-Safe, adaptive braking, Attention Assist, parking vicinity sensors, and a rearview camera. Optional extras embody a Lane Tracking package that includes Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist.
The US will launch initial with a 2016 AMG GT S in a open of 2015. The AMG GT will launch in a following year. Pricing hasn’t been announced, though be certain to check out the gallery for even some-more pictures, details, and impressions.