Fans of the three pointed star will be in for a treat when Mercedes unwraps its next AMG bahn-stormer in the second half of this year, the Mercedes AMG GT. First photos of the GT’s interior have been released today to drum up even more anticipation.
Developed on a modified version of the SLS’s aluminium body structure, the AMG GT will compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Aston Martin Vantage V8, and costs considerably less than the $467,965 starting price of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. It will also indirectly replace the SLS as Mercedes’ halo model after the model ceased production in May after a five-year span.
“The new Mercedes-AMG GT shows that we will be positioning AMG more vehemently and aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand,” notes Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“The technological substance of the Mercedes-AMG GT underscores our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. An initial exclusive look at the design of the interior shows what is in store for our customers: a GT sports car in its purest form.”
A sneak preview of the interior provides an alluring foretaste of the new Mercedes-AMG GT.
A dominant aspect in the cockpit of the GT is the further stylistic development of the central “aviation design” theme which is has become typical of the brand’s sports cars line up. The dashboard places an extreme emphasis on width, creating an impression of a powerful wing. This effect is supported by the four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at the left and right ends of the dashboard.
The dominant centre console draws inspiration from motor racing with a design reminiscent of a NACA air intake. Another standout design feature comes in the form of the controls on the AMG DRIVE UNIT, which are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, further bolstering the powerful and high-tech impression made by the centre console.
The AMG GT will reportedly be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that generates around 387kW (520 bhp) of power, and will purportedly tips the scales at 1,480kg, around 140kg less than the SLS coupé.
An entry-level model with 358kW (480 bhp), along with a range-topping Black Series that churns out 432kW, are also rumoured. The former is slated to arrive in 2016, while the Black Series is likely to debut in 2018.