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.
"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.”