While we do miss the SLS AMG and its gullwing doors, Mercedes has just taken itself up by a notch with the striking replacement called the AMG GT that has been officially launched in the country priced at Rs. 2.40 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). With bold and flowing lines and accentuated curves, the AMG GT is every bit desirable as its predecessor SLS, but carries the same sports car attributes underneath tuned by the boys at Affalterbach for performance and luxury.
The interiors on the Mercedes AMG GT have also changed completely with the new aviation theme being taken forward and gets the best of materials and features on offer. The AMG GT’s cabin comes loaded with an upgraded COMAND system equipped with an 8.4-inch free standing display along with heated seats. Mercedes is also offering a lot of customisation options and different materials for interior panels and upholstery for buyers to choose from. The vehicle also comes with safety tech like Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Adaptive Brake, Attention Assist, PARKTRONIC, rear view camera, pre-safe system and TPMS. All said, we do miss the gullwing doors in favour of conventional units.
The Mercedes AMG GT is available in two variants – GT and GT S with power on both models coming from a 4.0-litre V8 Bi-turbo engine specifically developed for the GT and comes with a lighter construction. The standard GT makes 462 HP at 6000 RPM while the motor on the GT S churns out 503 HP of power at 6250 RPM. With a difference milliseconds, 0-100 km/hr on the regular GT comes up in 3.9 seconds while the GT S will get you there in 2.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 305 km/hr on the standard version which can be exceeded to 310 kmph on the GT S.
The Mercedes AMG GT comes with a several driving modes including the Dynamic select system that allows to choose between Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Sport Plus. There is also the AMG Ride Control, ESP, ESP Sport Handling mode and Dynamic Plus package, whereas the GT S gets an additional Race mode. Compared to the SLS AMG, the AMG GT is marginally less expensive offering slightly less power but Mercedes promises all the more driving fun on its swanky new sports car. The AMG GT rivals the Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911 and several more in the performance coupe space and will be sold through the AMG performance centres across the country. With the AMG GT here, Mercedes has just one launch left for this year that is expected to come by next month.