The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT premiers tonight, and here's everything you should know about the Benz that wants to kick the Porsche 911 Turbo's and the Jaguar F-Type R's ass with a distinct grunt.
It's a hatchback alright. A hatchback with a 4.0 twin-turbo V8 that weights only 460 pounds, comes with dry sump lubrication and its turbos jammed inside the V in order to produce 510 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It is also rumored to have a list price similar to the F-Type R's, meaning it should be much cheaper than a 911 Turbo. Good so far.
For those who think that's not enough, AMG is already preparing the Black Series version. Great news for the tire supplier, which I would expect to be either Continental or Dunlop.
A few lucky people have already driven some of the late prototypes, and boy do they have a long nose! But not a heavy one. Apart from the weight savings from the engine, the AMG-GT's space frame chassis also uses mostly aluminum in order to keep the rumored target weight of about 3,300 pounds. Like this:
Don't expect to see a manual shifter in the cabin. It's a seven speed flappy pedal instead, plus lots of fine leather and gizmos that can be familiar from current Mercedes models.
Simply put, the Mercedes-AMG will be hot as hell despite having the stupidest name since LaFerrari.