The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is the firm’s follow-up to the SLS AMG, and we are at a loss for words. But we’ll try.
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is quick. Equipped with one of two twin-turbo, 4.0 liter V8s, it will run from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds with the standard 456 hp tuning, or 3.7 seconds when tuned to make 503 hp in the GT S. The two flavors are electronically limited to 189 and 193 miles per hour, respectively. Jaguar, are you listening? Porsche, are you listening?
Aside from speed, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT also has the chops on paper to be a track star. The longitudinal M178 V8 engine sits behind the front axle, and the seven-speed dual-clutch auto sits in back with the locking differential (transaxle design), giving it a 47-to-53 percent front-to-rear weight spread. The chassis is an aluminum spaceframe design, with double-wishbone suspension all around.
But best of all, the looks of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT are dripping with sexy. Like, nude Burt Reynolds’ Cosmo centerfold levels of sexy. Or, I don’t know, Kate Upton sneezing in slow-motion levels of sexy, if you’d rather. It succeeds not only in recalling (and trumping) the SLS AMG GT from 2010 and up, but even in evoking the same heart-breaking beauty of the classic 300SL gullwing.
It’s more curvy, with less angles than its predecessor, and it has two keenly slanted headlamps that reveal an automotive soul brimming with confidence. In back, two long, horizontal tail lights sit afloat on a flat, elegant character line that breaks up the otherwise glassy, smooth deck lid slope. It is utterly gorgeous.
The more hardcore GT S is scheduled to come to a North American market in the spring of 2015, and the slightly diluted GT will be released a full year after that.