After the recent launch of the even sportier one SL Walker, Mercedes-AMG is preparing to launch a more powerful second generation AMG GT. The Porsche 911 The rival will be based on an all-new platform that it will share with the SL, with the new GT set to be positioned as an even worse version of the car it will replace.
It will be powered by a familiar engine, in the form of AMG’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8. This can make over 600bhp in the badged GT 63 model, putting a clear gap between it and the 63 version of the new SL; and, as has been confirmed for that vehicle, an E-Performance plug-in hybrid V8 could also feature in the new GT lineup.
Thanks to the new aluminum-intensive MSA platform that has been designed to accept Mercedes’ 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system, the next AMG GT is likely to break with the old model’s tradition and send power to all 4 wheels. That means the car delivering a 0-62mph time drops to under 3.5 seconds.
Like other all-wheel drive AMG models, this setup will tend to be more driver-focused, sending more power to the rear axle, and with system parameters changing depending on the driving mode, enhanced agility and stability. Expect rear-wheel steering, Active Ride Control adaptive suspension and AMG’s anti-roll tech.
Our spies caught the new GT under test, and their photos show an even more aggressive configuration, with the rear screen heavily scratched. Some details are evident, such as the muscular rear wheels and sleek proportions, including the long bonnet with AMG’s signature Panamericana grille. Our exclusive images show what these details might look like in production form.
It is expected that the interior of the next AMG GT will also be completely overhauled, likely inheriting elements of the SL’s cabin, including the 11.9-inch touchscreen.
AMG technical director Jochen Hermann has confirmed that the next GT won’t be offered in roadster form, with the new SL covering that market. It’s unknown whether the GT will inherit the SL’s 2+2 layout or it will remain a strict two-seater.
We should see the new AMG GT breakout cap later this year, with a release date in early 2023. The price will be up slightly from the current car’s £108,390 entry level.
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