If you didn't know before you know now, Mercedes wants a piece of the Porsche-A pie. With Mercedes announcing pricing for the AMG GT its confirmed, the GT has its sights firmly set on the 911.
Pricing starts at €115,430 for the base GT and will wander its way up to €134,351 for the GT S and assorted packages. If you're curious the 911 Carrera 4S begins at €112,313, 911 GTS €124,689, 911 GT3 €137,303 and the Turbo at €165,149.
Pricing is all well and good but what about content you ask? Good question sports fans!
Lets start at the Bar Stool Grand Prix sponsored by Viagra shall we?
There have been plenty of key strokes spilled about the hot new in the V turbo V8 and Porsches famous and fabulous flat six certainly needs no introduction, certainly not by the likes of me. So lets play paint by numbers.
AMG GT: 483 horsepower/ 443 lb-ft of torque
AMG GT S: 503 horsepower/ 479 lb-ft of torque
911 C4S: 395 horsepower/ 325 lb-ft of torque
911 GTS: 424 horsepower/ 325 lb-ft of torque
911 GT3: 469 horsepower/ 325 lb-ft of torque
911 Turbo: 513 horsepower/ 487 lb-ft of torque
Ok but how about application?
AMG GT: 0-60 mph 3.9 seconds/ top speed 189 mph
AMG GT S: 0-60 mph 3.7 seconds/ top speed 193 mph
911 C4S: 0-60 mph 4.3 seconds/ top speed 188 mph
911 GTS: 0-60 mph 4.0 seconds/ top speed 191 mph
911 GT3: 0-60 mph 3.5 seconds/ top speed 196 mph
911 Turbo: 0-60 mph 3.2 seconds/ top speed 195 mph
Of course most of this means very little in the context of real life. Why do we buy cars like these, what is the exchange? Enjoyment above all, so which will make for a more enjoyable experience? Well naturally that is difficult without seat time, however we can ask ourselves what are the demands we have on a vehicle like this?
Daily commuting is not one, well not one thats paramount anyways. Top speed is out, handing is certainly important (but again not the be all end all of street enjoyment), acceleration feels great but its still not supreme. My personal opinion is touring, sport touring. After all thats what the GT class of car is for Grand Touring...
So in the context of Grand Touring, which car would you like to wrap yourself in? The spartan environment of a Porsche or the sumptuous coddling of the AMG?
For all of Porsche's racing pedigree and precedent placed on motorsports it simply carries little weight in this discussion. Its a fantastic place to build a brand from absolutely, selling bored enthusiasts dreams of the Nurburgring and fantastic European switch backs, but we know its simply a position to sell product from. Not one that is particularly practical or liveable in the real world.
So maybe the GT won't be able to match Porsche punch for punch on track, but who cares, I'm heading to the lake, "honey are your bags ready?"