Top Shelf: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

The new Mercedes-AMG GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp and as a GT S with 503 hp. It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car, from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology, to the optimum weight distribution. Figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph and a top speed of 193 mph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

At the same time, this two-seater is a comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring thanks to its practical deck lid, easily accessible luggage compartment, and high level of comfort on long journeys. It also features an extensive list of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems which ensure the high level of safety expected from Mercedes-AMG.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes. This allows the driver to vary the engine sound depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. The driver may experience the V8 with a focus on comfort and relaxed, long-distance journeys or with a more powerful, emotive, motorsport-inspired touch. The GT S comes with even more sophisticated equipment and appointments, including instrument cluster with 220 mph speedometer scale and red color highlights, performance steering wheel, black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber, AMG Affalterbach Crest embossed in the center armrest, and nappa leather.

The U.S. will launch first with the 2016 AMG GT S in the spring of 2015. The AMG GT will launch in the following year.

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