New Mercedes AMG GT to take on vaunted Porsche 911
It’s reported that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will be replaced by a new AMG GT model that will be a direct competitor to the highly successful Porsche 911. In a recent story by eMercedesBenz, it looks like there might be a new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG successor called the AMG GT in the works in Affalterbach. None of this is confirmed, but it would make sense for Mercedes-AMG to develop the new sports car. There would be two main reasons for the Mercedes tuner to do this.
All performance automakers are looking to meet the new global emission and fuel mileage standards. This will require them to produce smaller more efficient powerplants. The current 2014 SLS AMG GT uses a 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces 591 horsepower (435 kW). The new AMG GT is reported to be powered by a smaller twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 in either 485 hp (357 kW) or 550 hp (404 kW) versions.
This would compete well against the Porsche 911 turbo with the turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection and 520 horsepower. The higher-powered variant could take on the Porsche Turbo S with the 560 hp twin-turbo powerplant.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus accelerates from 0-60 mph in a neck-snapping 3.2 seconds, with a top track speed of 196 mph. The current Mercedes SLS AMG sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph. The SLS AMG will reach 124 mph in a super quick 11.2 seconds. The new sports car had a recent lap time on the Nurburgring of just under 7:30.
The price tag for the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S is $148,000 and $181,100 respectively. It’s reported the new Mercedes AMG GT would have a “significantly lower price tag.” The MSRP for the current SLS AMG Coupe is close to $195,000 while the Roadster variant is around $200,000.
If the price and performance is close to that of the Porsche 911 turbo and Turbo S the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT should be a direct competitor to the popular Porsche 911. Stay tuned to Torque News for more details on the Mercedes AMG GT.
Image: 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG GT