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.