For the longest period of time, it was the Porsche that occupied the coveted space on the bedroom wall being the ultimate fan boy sports car. The Porsche offered everything from power, aesthetics and performance making it the obvious choice for every petrol head even today. However, the neighbors at Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz were no longer tolerable about this and summoned the brilliant minds at AMG in Affalterbach to come with the new dream or as we know it now the ‘Mercedes AMG GT’.
The 2015 Mercedes AMG GT is the latest sports car to come from the German auto giant and walks down the same aisle as the McLaren SLR and the Gull-winged SLS AMG have in the past. Both the models were targeted at an elite few who had a good taste and craving for some unadulterated performance coupled with an exorbitant bank balance (the last being most significant).
Starting with the aesthetics, the Mercedes AMG GT comes from the same school of design as the SLS AMG and the similarities are quite evident from the first look. The front fascia looks sharply raked with the beautifully sculpted flowing lines and creases along the long front hood. The three-pointed star sits boldly on the centre grille while the massive air intakes mean business.
Mercedes has also cleverly integrated the 300 SL influence with the grand touring attitude and usable trunk that add to the appeal of the AMG GT. Moving towards the rear, the Mercedes AMG GT might seem a tad bit plain compared to the ravishing front and gets horizontally stacked tail lights and electronically controlled spoiler that automatically deploys at high speeds.
The Mercedes AMG GT is offered in two versions namely the GT for the sane minds and the GT S for those who lust for performance. Both the versions employ the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine under that long front hood and are equipped with some extensively high wizardry, including forged-aluminum pistons, Nanoslide low-friction cylinder-bore surfaces, zirconium-alloy cylinder heads, and a dry-sump lubrication system and helps the beast of a motor to belt out 456 HP at 6000 RPM and 600 Nm of torque between 1600-5000 RPM.
Going a step above on the GT S, the same engine is tuned to produce 503 HP at 6250 RPM and 649 Nm of torque at 1750-4750 RPM. Both the versions are paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sending all that outrageous amounts of power to the rear wheels. Much like the SLS AMG, the Mercedes AMG GT will also be friendly enough to flick its tail out when asked.
In straight-line performance, the AMG GT is astoundingly fast with the 0-100 kph coming up in 3.9 seconds on the GT and a top whack of 304 kph. The GT S, on the other hand, shaves a 0.2 seconds off the 0-100 kph mark while the top speed is rated at 310 kph. For the performance starved, there is also a Dynamic Plus package available for better output on the GT S and also gets active exhaust flaps as standard, which are optional on the GT version. There are also four driving modes that change the ergonomics right down to the chassis with each being gnarlier than the last.
Moving to the interiors, the men at Affalterbach surely know how to dress up well and the Mercedes AMG GT stands as testimony to the same. With the best of everything on offer, the driver’s seat on the AMG GT is nothing short of a jet fighter cockpit with the propeller themed air-con vents as well as the very interesting AMG Drive Unit that has the switches on the centre console arranged to resemble the V8 engine layout.
Being the Mercedes that it is, there is an abundance of safety systems and telematics on the new AMG GT with the AMG Ride Control, ESP On, ESP Sport Handling mode and ESP Off on offer. There is also the electronically controlled limited-slip differential available as standard on the GT S while the GT makes do with a conventional unit. For enhanced stopping power, the carbon ceramic brakes are available as optional on both versions.
So coming back to that rivalry we spoke about at the beginnings, the Mercedes AMG GT will be competing against the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and the gorgeous Jaguar F-Type in the same league and manages to stand out as pure German muscle on offer. While Mercedes may be too shy to say it out loud, we would like to do the honors, it’s time the Porsche moved down a few notches from that bedroom wall.