Mercedes-AMG recently revealed the
twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
that would power its upcoming GT sports car and confirmed that the engine would have a 503-horsepower rating. But just like the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 sports cars it will target, the latest model from the official Mercedes tuner will offer various levels of performance.
As Automobile Magazine
points out, there will be two trim levels available for the GT at launch: a standard car and a sportier S-Model (likely to be badged a GT S). Further down the track we’re also expecting a convertible and a high-performance Black Series model.
The standard car is said to be coming with 462 hp and the S-Model with 510 hp. However, these are likely to be the ratings in metric horsepower, which is the common standard in Europe, so in the U.S. expect the cars to come with 455 hp and 503 hp, respectively. Peak torque, meanwhile, will register close to 479 pound-feet for both models.
Other specs should include 19-inch wheels for the standard model, with 255/35 front and 295/30 rear tires. The S-Model should get 19-inch wheels up front and a 20-inch pair in the rear, with 265/35 front and 295/30 rear tires. Both will wear Michelin Pilot Super Sports as standard and come with an electronic rear differential. Interestingly, the GT is said to have the same width and track as the outgoing SLS AMG, but a shorter wheelbase has been implemented to improve agility.
We’ll have all the details soon, as the Mercedes-AMG GT is scheduled to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Sales in the U.S. should commence next spring. For more details, including a spy video of a prototype, click here
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