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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT Official Photos and Specs Revealed

Affalterbach, Germany—The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT has been slowly undressing all year. We saw photos of the interior back in April, and European bureau chief Georg Kacher got a ride in a camouflaged version early in the summer. Now, at last, we have photos and specifications as the GT makes its official debut.

The AMG GT is a successor to the SLS AMG supercar, and uses that car's same aluminum spaceframe. That's about where the similarities end; engineer Michael Büscher told us, "I can promise you, all the part numbers are new." The AMG GT, which has a shorter wheelbase, also looks smaller, simpler, and more athletic than the exaggerated SLS AMG. It still follows the same long hood, short deck proportions, but tightens the overall look into a more muscular package with its shorter front overhang and rounded, fastback profile that fit into Mercedes-Benz's new "Sensual Purity" design language.

There will be two variants of this new sports car: the AMG GT and the AMG GT S. The S will debut this spring in the United States, with the base car coming a year later.

Both models will use AMG's new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, which is part of a new engine family that also includes the 2.0-liter turbocharged four in the CLA45 AMG. (We might see an inline-six from this family, as well). In the base 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, it produces 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The GT S raises the ante to 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The V-8 features dry-sump lubrication and houses its turbochargers between its cylinder banks. Each engine will, of course, be built by hand. When asked whether the 4.0-liter V-8 would sound as good as the SLS AMG's roaring 6.2-liter mill, AMG boss Tobias Moers said, "Yes, you wait and see."

Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds for the GT, 3.7 seconds for the GT S, per Mercedes estimates, with top speeds of 189 mph for the GT and 193 mph for the GT S.

Like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on which it's based, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT has a mid-front engine layout and a seven-speed transaxle at the back. That yields a 47/53 percent front/rear weight distribution. Total curb weight should be around 3300 lbs, thanks to use of aluminum in the chassis, the body, and the roof (a carbon-fiber or a glass roof are optional). The AMG GT will still weigh more than a Porsche 911, though, which carries a curb weight of just 3075 lbs for a Carrera S model.

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S comes with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, wherein computers precisely control the amount of torque going to each rear wheel. (The Chervolet Corvette Stingray and Jaguar F-Type offer similar technology.) The GT has a conventional, mechanical limited-slip differential. The GT S also features active dampers and active engine mounts which use magnetorheological fluid for enhanced adjustability. In fact, one neat trick is that each of the four engine mounts can be adjusted independently by computer.

This new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT may seem like a worthy Porsche 911 competitor, but Mercedes hasn't forgotten about the car's grand touring potential. The company says the GT's trunk passes the all-important golf-bag test. In fact, two of them will fit either lengthwise or crosswise.

We don't yet know pricing for the new AMG GT, but expect the car to start well above $100,000. A Porsche 911 Carrera S costs $99,895, and Mercedes will surely want to create space between the SL roadster ($107,825 for the SL550) and this more serious, performance-oriented AMG GT.

Stay tuned to automobilemag.com and follow us on Twitter @automobilemag for live updates and photos from the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT event in Affalterbach, Germany.