After months of teasing, the all new Mercedes-AMG GT has been unveiled! The automaker’s new flagship sports car from Affalterbach will debut with two trims. A GT S will be available next spring, while a GT model won’t be released until 2016. Both trims are powered by a new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes estimates that the car will reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds and will top out at 189 mph. While the GT S makes 503 hp and 479 pound-feet to reach 60 in an estimated 3.7 seconds all the way to a limit of 193 mph.
The V8 is mounted behind the front axle, and power is delivered via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with a locking differential. All the weight out back gives the coupe a 47:53 weight distribution from front to rear.
The styling of the GT has really caught our attention. The front fascia displays a prominent Mercedes star nestled in an oval grille with two large air intakes at the lower corners. The hood with that hides the new V8 power plant that flows to the bubble top and onto the tapered rear.
The rear looks extremely wide with the long skinny taillights poking out to the rear fenders. The car also is equipped with an electronically controlled rear spoiler remains hidden when not deployed.
The GT’s interior stands out with a wide dash, four air vents and an instrument cluster made up of analog gauges. Mercedes says the slanted center stack was arranged with controls for the car’s AMG Drive Unit to mimic the cylinder layout of a V8 engine.
Of course, there are a number of options to further enhance the coupe’s dynamics, such as ceramic brake rotors and forged wheels. One of the most interesting options is the Dynamic Plus package for the GT S, with dynamically adjusting engine and transmission mounts. When cruising, they can be soft and compliant but firm up during more enthusiastic driving. The pack also adds Race and M (for manual) transmission modes, adjusted power steering, a stiffer suspension and increased negative camber at the front axle.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S will land in showrooms across the United States next spring, but buyers after the less powerful GT model will have to wait until 2016. Pricing information for both models will be published closer to its release date.