AMG GT line replaced the SLS AMG line last year, and after the initial model, next year brings us all-new, 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S. As you can imagine, GT S is the stronger of the two and represents slightly sportier option. However, differences aren’t that large and the gap is only 50 horsepower wide.
The Engine range & Specs
AMG GT S gets the twin turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine which generates 503 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. In fact, it is the same engine which can be found in its basic counterpart, but there it delivers 460 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. This discrepancy is possible thanks to some special tweaks. Whole body weighs 3,600 pounds, and sports car develops a top speed of 193 mph in spite of it. Moreover, acceleration is also strong as GT S reaches 62 mph from standstill in 3.5 seconds. Finally, all this is, at least a little bit possible thanks to 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting mode.
|Description||Mercedes-AMG GT S||Mercedes-AMG GT|
|Displacement||3982 cc||3982 cc|
|Output||503 HP @ 6250 RPM (6000-6500 rpm)||456 HP @ 6000 RPM|
|Max. torque||479 LB-FT @ 1750-4750 RPM (1750-5000 rpm)||443 LB-FT @ 1600-5000 RPM|
|Acceleration 0-60mph||3.7 s (preliminary)||3.9 s (preliminary)|
|Top speed||193 mph (310 km/h)||189mph (304 km/h)|
Design – Inside and Outside look
Design-wise, there are almost no differences between GT and GT S. Only thing that comes to mind is a spoiler in latter version around its back. Frontal fascia carries a Mercedes’ coupe design. One stripe and a star upon an oval grille. Singular headlights are nicely complemented by lower air intakes, and the hood is long enough for sunbathing on it.
Arching roofline doesn’t allow a lot of room behind it which makes 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S look like a two-part car consisting of long nose and a bubble roof. Apart from aforementioned spoiler, both AMG GT models feature long, thin rectangular tail-lights and couple of singular, rectangular exhaust pipes which state the V8 nature of the car.
As if anyone had expected anything different, interior is lavishly decorated. However, sportiness and elegance don’t always go hand in hand which is why 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S doesn’t feature wood veneers. It does get plenty of leather, carbon fiber and aluminum, though. Sport seats, door panels, dashboard and wide central tunnel are all covered in premium leather. Last of these even has embroidered AMG badge upon it.
Central tunnel gets a shifter, touchpad and eight buttons (four on both sides), mounted on carbon/aluminum surface. Four circular airvents, aligned with lower part of the gauge cluster, represent the base for tablet-like display. Since it is a Mercedes, don’t worry about the feature list. You’ll get pretty much anything you could think of.
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S Price & MPG
Of course, being the upcoming model, AMG GT S hasn’t yet been rated by the EPA. When it finally does get rated, expect a fuel economy figure somewhere between 20 and 25 mpg combined. Neither of the two will be available for less than $100,000, but while AMG GT’s price tag might stay close to this figure, GT S should cost around $150,000.
The main competitors are new: Porsche 911 turbo and Audi R8 V10.
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S offers amazing performance which we are always expecting from the German brand. Moreover, it is as luxurious as Mercedes-Benz’s get, and looks stunning as well. If you can’t resist a luxury sports car, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.