Dethroning the legendary Porsche 911 is no easy task, but that’s exactly what the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT luxury sports car intends to do. Mercedes-Benz and its performance division, AMG, spent 32 months developing and road testing the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT, which Automobile European bureau chief Georg Kacher says, “splits the difference between the hardcore 911 GT3 and the stratospherically priced and performing 911 Turbo.”
A new video from AMG details the extensive testing performed on the upcoming 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT. Fifty test drivers piloted the AMG GT through snow, rain, hills, and on the track in 15 different countries at temperatures ranging from -22 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. To keep the sports car hidden from prying eyes, 32 square feet of camouflage sheeting was used to disguise the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT -- when Kacher drove the car, it was draped in an unusual green-and-black costume. We’re eager to see the new AMG performance coupe in the flesh, with its smaller size and more affordable price tag than the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
While the SLS AMG GT listed for north of $200,000 with its gullwing doors and 583-hp 6.2-liter V-8 (the Black Series made 622 hp), the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT will take a more conservative approach. Expected to cost between $115,000 and $135,000, the AMG GT will produce 465 hp from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, while the wrung-out AMG GT S will make 503 hp (revised after Mercedes originally rated it at 510 hp).
The video also firms up a final debut date for the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT, which will be on September 9. Check out the video below to see all of the cool test footage, and let us know in the comments if you think you’d rather have a Porsche 911 or sample Stuttgart’s other challenger from Mercedes-AMG.