Suddenly, the market seems awash with GT – can’t say that we’re complaining, either. The new Mercedes-AMG GT is only the second independent creation from Mercedes-Benz’s performance division (as opposed to a high-end version of an existing car). What’s more, the new car follows the traditional front-engine rear-drive layout with separate rear-mounted final drive. To be quite specific, it’s actually a “front mid-engine concept with transaxle”. Engine is a 4-litre biturbo V8, which can be had with either 340 kW/600 N.m or 375 kW/650 N.m output. Other important figures: 0-100 in 3,8 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h. Economy is an eye-opening 9,3 litres/100 km. Transmission is a dual-clutch 7-speed. The GT is described as dynamic yet practical, with ample creature comforts and luggage space despite its being labelled a sports car for purists.
A hotter V. The new AMG V8 fitted to the GT has its turbochargers located inside the vee – what’s known as a hot inside V. Claimed benefits are a more compact engine design, better turbo response and lower exhaust emissions thanks to the airflow being optimised for the close-coupled catalytic converters. The engines are hand-assembled, with a single fitter being assigned to each unit.