The
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was a fantastic grand tourer. As the successor to
the 300SL Gullwing (mostly in spirit), the SLS AMG reminded automakers
and buyers everywhere that Mercedes does more than shove big engines
into its standard offerings. Now, with the SLS AMG in our rearview
mirror, there’s a power vacuum in the M-B lineup; thankfully, the
automaker came to the rescue with the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, a raucous
grand tourer that’s sure to bite into F-Type and 911 sales.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT


At its core, the AMG GT is a proper successor to the SLS AMG, because
both of them share a fair bit of chassis architecture. However, that’s
where the similarities end. The biggest sub-dermal change comes by way
of the engine; under the hood lies a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, packing
either 456 horsepower (on the base GT) or 503 horsepower (in the
higher-trim GT S). Mercedes estimates that the GT S will hit 60 mph in
just 3.7 seconds, making it a fair bit quicker than its closest two
competitors, the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Jaguar F-Type R coupe.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT


The AMG GT’s exterior still follows the same long-hood, rear-cab
layout of the SLS AMG, but the gullwing doors are eschewed in favor of
traditionally hinged ones. The front end carries most of the same visual
cues as other Mercedes cars, especially in the headlight design. The
rear end, while thick and muscular, tapers off into a softly rounded
rear bumper, with taillights that remind us of another recently-released
Mercedes, the S-Class Coupe. There’s an electronically-activated rear
wing, but that breaks up the elegance a bit.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT


The interior, too, follows along with most of Mercedes’s current
design cues. The AMG Affalterbach emblem is embossed into the center
armrest. The centrally-mounted touchpad and dial are the same there, as
well, as is the navigation screen that looks as if it’s floating in
front of the dashboard. Round vents, soft lines, and blends of both
color and texture litter the cabin, making the car feel every bit worth
its six-figure price tag.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT


Of course, you’re not buying a poser-mobile with some racy looking
bits and a big ol’ engine. Mercedes-AMG built this car not just for the
street, but also for the track. The engine uses a dry-sump lubrication
system to maintain oil pressure under heavy g-forces. The GT S has an
electronically-locking rear differential to help maintain traction. The
transmission is actually a transaxle, mounted to the rear differential
to keep the vehicle as balanced as possible. Combine these things with a
low curb weight and a motorsport-based suspension, and you’ve got a car
that will tear up whatever surface it touches.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT


Given its size and its specifications, the AMG GT will stand as a
perfect competitor to the Jaguar F-Type and the Porsche 911, two
expensive grand tourers that attempt to give owners the best blend of
comfort and performance. However, Mercedes is attempting to shoot over
the heads of both these companies, at least in terms of price; the AMG
GT should start around $120,000, about 20 grand more than either the
Porsche or the Jaguar.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT