2023-11-27 Mercedes-AMG GT Exhaust Noise Teased, 0 to 100 km/h Possible in 3.8 Seconds - autoevolution

Mercedes-AMG GT Exhaust Noise Teased, 0 to 100 km/h Possible in 3.8 Seconds

The SLR McLaren and the SLS AMG, both of them became instant classics when the three pointed star brand launched them. But now they're both out of production and Mercedes-Benz together with AMG is preparing a new model that will follow in the footsteps of those two legendary supercars.
Mercedes-AMG GT (C190) 1 photo
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Dubbed the Mercedes-AMG GT, this car should not be confused as being a direct successor to the SLR and SLS, but something similar in nature to those V8-powered monsters. Speaking of V8s, the AMG GT's rear wheels are driven by a new, twin-turbocharged V8 displacing 4 liters. On the AMG GT it'll produce 462 PS, while the GT-S variant of the German sports car will get a hefty 510 horsepower and a chunky 650 Nm (479 lb-ft of torque) from the M178 turbo'd powerplant.

Codenamed C190, the Mercedes-AMG GT is Euro 6 compliant and will be officially unveiled this October at the Paris Motor Show. But 'til then, Mercedes-Benz has dropped a very neat piece of info on the hotter GT-S model. That is the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time and top speed: 3.8 seconds and 192 mph (310 clicks per hour). Minus the top speed, that's similar to what the SLS AMG delivered from its 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 and comparable to the M113 ML55 5.4-liter s/c mill of the SLR, churning out 626 PS.

That's quite remarkable when you also take into consideration that the AMG GT's M178 mill will drink just 9.8 liters of gasoline every 100 clicks, which translates to 28.8 UK mpg or 24 US mpg thanks to an ECO start/stop feature. One other reason why the AMG GT is similarly fast to the SLR and SLS is that the new car is expected to weigh "less than 3,527 pounds" (1.6 tons).

Then there's the transmission. Mercedes-Benz hasn't told exactly what it is, but a seven-speed twin-clutch job with flappy paddles is highly probable, and this type of setup can upshift faster than the humdrum automatics fitted to the SLR McLaren and SLS AMG.

Last but not least, play the video below to hear the AMG GT transform high octane gasoline into noise.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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