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How the Mercedes-AMG GT Came To Be



As the high performance division of Mercedes-Benz, AMG has produced plenty of performance vehicles from the German automaker's lineup, but the branch has only ever created two models from scratch and that is the SLS AMG and the newer AMG GT.

We can even consider them siblings as both ride on the same basic aluminum spaceframe, but the GT is 3.54 inches shorter than the SLS. That’s enough of a difference to reduce the body’s overall weight and combined with other weight saving modifications, AMG managed to shave off around 150-200 pounds from the SLS.

One weight saving change was the removal of the SLS's gullwing doors, which was replaced with an aluminum greenhouse for a more hunkered down drive feel. Then there’s the new magnesium crossmember which provides a mounting point for the headlights, front bumper, and other front facia parts.

Not only do these changes work to reduce the GT’s weight, but in an interview with Motor Authority, AMG engineer Axel Wolleson said that “these changes affect the character of the car in that the center of gravity becomes about 10 mil lower, which is a lot, and this gives us better driving performance."

And of course there’s the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that can be tuned to crank out 469 to 577 horsepower. The 469-hp 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT starts at $113,395 each with the top-of-the-line 577 ponies AMG GT R clocking in at $157,995. Not bad considering the fact that the AMG GT has more agility than the base model SLS AMG GT at $202,505 apiece.
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We've seen this whole part about weight and how it impacts driving dynamics in comparisons of it vs the 911. MB did very well for themselves so far and this is just the beginning. It can be said they have more cutting to do and better weight reduction materials to use, the only question is when that will happen!
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 02:06 PM
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Give it another year and we should see it shedding some weight. They've already upped the power from last year, next I would presume would be weight savings to up the bar of performance yet again.
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Maybe, it depends no how they want to package it because for all we know a lighter version might come to market as a special trim. They have the ability to do it and that's how most brands are doing it these days.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 03:03 PM
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GT3 edition perhaps?
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 01:29 PM
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It would be pretty cool to make a road-legal GT3 version of it. Big wing, splitters, etc.
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With all the sales they had so far its possible and not only that but MB is known for pushing the threshold, regardless of sales they would still do it. At this point its just a matter of time. AMG GT came out recently, now its just patience.
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That's pretty much it, I don't even think people in NA have gotten their GT Rs yet so there's still some good time for the next big performance addition to the lineup I think
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 04:31 PM
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Aren't GT3 models for racing only? Maybe they'll outfit a AMG GT for race use, but I don't think they'll release one for he average buyer. Going to be hard to make something like that street legal.
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If they can make a Dodge Demon legal... anything is possible
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