Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is Coming to Compete with Porsche 911

September 11, 2014
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AMG GTThe Mercedes-Benz AMG GT sports car is coming soon. It appears that Mercedes-Benz is ready to throw its hat in the ring in the two-seater sports car arena, and the AMG GT is poised to compete against the likes of the Porsche 911, the Audi R8, Nissan GT-R and the Acura NSX.

While it won’t be the most powerful AMG model made by Mercedes-Benz, it certainly is no slouch. Want a car that goes from zero-to-60 in just 3.7 seconds? This is the car for you! The AMG GT S (the first of two GT models that will be released) features a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces 503 horsepower and 479 lbs.-ft. of torque. Its top speed will be 193 mph. 

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Unlike the 911, the AMG GT’s engine will remain in the front. A year after the GT S goes on sale, a slightly less power version will go on sale; it will have a 456 horsepower and 443 lbs.-ft. of torque. The AMG GT will feature a seven-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled by its paddles mounted in the steering wheel. The driver has the option to select from a number of different driving modes that range from an “efficient” mode all the way up to a “race” mode for maximum performance.

Why would Mercedes-Benz decide to enter a market that already has so much competition – and is essentially ruled by Porsche? For one reason, Porsche has slowly begun to pirate sales from some of Mercedes-Benz’s top segments (think four-door sedans and SUVs), so they believe turnabout is fair play. For another, this particular segment is an especially big moneymaker in terms of profit.

Mercedes-Benz is hoping their initial sales will be at least 3,000, and then escalate from there. They plan to debut the AMG GT at the Paris Motor Show next month, and it will make its way to the United States in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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