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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (C190) to be Rear-Wheel Drive Only

Last week we told you about the distinct possibility for the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (C190) to be unveiled as soon as next month, at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
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While that information should be taken with a grain of salt, the following intel about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz sports car is as good as official, as it comes from none other than Tobias Moers, the current CEO of AMG.

Speaking with the cheeky journalists from Top Gear at the Geneva Motor Show 2014, Moers confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (C190) will not feature a manual transmission as “even the new Porsche GT3 isn't a manual,” without letting it slip if the model will get the seven-speed MCT automatic or the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the SLS AMG.

Since the model is rumored to be based on a shortened SLS AMG platform, we suspect that the dual-clutch transaxle transmission will be kept in place.

As far as the traction goes, Tobias Moers also said that the model will not come with the AMG-tuned 4Matic all-wheel drive system, putting all earlier rumors (including ours, ed) about that to rest in one single take.

Whether the AMG GT gets unveiled this April in New York or in July at the Hockenheim Grand Prix remains to be seen, but what we do know for sure is that it will sport an all-new V8 developed in-house by AMG.

Internally named M178, the new four-liter mill is said to be based on bonding two M133 four-cylinders together and forming a twin-turbocharged V8. With the twin-scroll turbochargers fitted inside the cylinder banks and direct injection, the new engine should offer close to zero lag, a torque curve to die for and the fuel consumption of a modern V6.

Expect more information about the new long-nosed sports car in the upcoming weeks, as we have a feeling that more leaks about it might appear not too long from now.

Story via Top Gear


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