Mercedes-Benz’s new sports car being developed by the AMG hot house is approaching the end of its long gestation
, and soon we’ll see the covers finally come off. We’ve already been given a sneak peek at the car’s interior and learned that it will be called a Mercedes-AMG GT
--yes, this Mercedes won’t have a Benz in its title.
Now enjoy this spy video of a prototype tearing up the Nürburgring. We get a taste of the car’s exhaust note, which manages to maintain a deep and burly sound despite the pipes being hindered by a pair of turbochargers.
Though yet to be officially announced, 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
. Inside the car, the controls of the AMG DRIVE UNIT located on the center console having been arranged like the cylinders of a V-8 engine, mirroring the layout found under the hood.
The GT is significantly smaller than AMG’s other sports car, the SLS AMG, as the spy video confirms, meaning a lighter curb weight. A new aluminum spaceframe structure has been developed, which should help keep weight at or below 3,300 pounds.
The SLS, which also features aluminum construction, weighs more than 3,600 pounds. Drive will go to the rear wheels only, via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted at the rear axle.
As previously reported, the Mercedes-AMG GT will fill the void left by the SLS, which bows out of the market this year
. SLS fans shouldn’t be too sad, however, as AMG officials have stated that a successor to the gullwinged SLS will be launched
, most likely towards the end of the decade.
As for the Mercedes-AMG GT, look for a reveal this summer before an official world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. The car should arrive in showrooms in the first half of 2015, as a 2016 model, and target the likes of the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and even Nissan's GT-R. Expect a convertible to arrive 12 to 18 months after the launch of this coupe._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.