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Mercedes Confirms 'GT' Name For New Sports Car, Reveals Interior

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The name of Mercedes-Benz’s new sports car to fill the void left by the discontinued SLS AMG has been confirmed as “GT”, which in the automotive world is short for grand touring and means that the new sports car will be fast, comfy and designed more for the road than the track. The GT isn’t due to be revealed until the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October but Mercedes just had to spill some beans on the car on the eve of this week’s 2014 New York Auto Show. In addition to confirming the name, Mercedes also released a couple of photos showing the car's svelte interior.

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Like the SLS AMG it replaces, the GT is being fully developed by Mercedes-AMG at the tuner’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, so the car's full title is "Mercedes-AMG GT". It rides on a new aluminum chassis, albeit one derived from the chassis in the SLS AMG, and it’s smaller than the SLS despite the interior being much the same size.

That interior, by the way, looks to be as luxurious as any cockpit you’ll find in cars costing multiple times the GT’s expected pricetag of between $100k and $150k. It follows the aviation theme typical of Mercedes sports cars, with the dash stretching wide like the wing of a plane and the air vents resembling a jet’s turbines. Another clever design feature comes in the form of the controls on the AMG DRIVE UNIT, which are arranged like the cylinders of a V-8 engine, which is fitting considering the GT will be powered by a V-8.

Though yet to be confirmed, it’s widely expected that power in the GT will come from a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that AMG will eventually offer in most of its V-8-powered lineup, including the next C63 AMG. The GT is expected to offer varying power levels during its life, and at one point we’ll see a high-performance Black Series variant. Drive will go to the rear wheels only, via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted at the rear axle.

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"The new Mercedes-AMG GT proves that we will be positioning AMG as a dynamic sports car brand even more strongly and aggressively than before," AMG CEO Tobias Moers said in a statement. “Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG.”

For more on the Mercedes-AMG GT, including additional spy shots, check out our previous report, and for more from the 2014 New York Auto Show, head to our dedicated hub.

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