The new 2015 Mercedes AMG GT supercar has been revealed. Here’s everything you need to know about the 503bhp V8 beast
The new Mercedes AMG GT has been revealed, complete with an SLS-inspired silhouette, a stunning design and a brand new turbocharged 4.0-litre V8. It becomes the flagship sports car in Mercedes’ range but isn’t a direct replacement for the SLS, focusing instead on rivalling models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Jaguar F-Type R.
The new sports car will be offered from launch in two flavours: the GT and the GT S. Both are powered by the same engine but where the GT gets a 456bhp version, the GT S is upgraded to 503bhp. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the GT S able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and the GT taking two-tenths longer.
The more powerful car comes with a selectable exhaust as standard, allowing you to hear more or less of the V8’s growl depending on which mode the Dynamic Select system is in. Buyers can specify the system as an option on the standard GT.
Mercedes AMG GT price & release date
Set to be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in early October, the AMG GT will go on sale at the start of 2015 with prices thought to be around £110,000 for the GT and £120,000 for the GT S.
It’s a good thing Mercedes-Benz’s compact front-wheel-drive platform is versatile. The foundation for the brand’s A-class hatchback, the high-roof B-class, and the U.S.-bound CLA-class, this architecture serves as the basis for Benz’s assault on BMW’s X1 and Audi’s upcoming Q3: the GLA-class
The GLA’s platform makes use of a strut-type front suspension and a multilink rear setup, as well as electric power steering. We’ve found Benz’s electric-assisted steering to feel precise in the brand’s other compact models, but we do question the Germans’ insistence that it provides “better feedback” than a conventional hydraulic power-steering unit. Regardless of how the steering is assisted, its inputs are directed to standard 18-inch wheels, while 19-inchers are optional.
The sole engine available in the U.S. is the same 2.0-liter turbo four that’s found in the CLA250, which produces 208 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1200 revs. It’s a smooth and quiet powerplant, part of a new engine generation that has been proliferating Benz’s larger, rear-wheel-drive models in other markets. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, but all-wheel drive can be optioned.
Despite the relatively small engine, performance is beyond reproach: Mercedes says that the all-wheel-drive GLA reaches 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, and it tops out at a lofty 145 mph. Figures for the standard front-drive variant haven’t been made available yet. Benz’s American arm hasn’t revealed any fuel-economy estimates, either, but in the notoriously optimistic European cycle, the GLA250 4MATIC receives a mark of 33.1 mpg.
At 173.9 inches long, 71.0 inches wide, and 58.8 inches tall, the GLA-class has dimensions that make it a formidable city car. Even still, rear-passenger room should be sufficient for most trips, and cargo space swells when the rear seats are folded down. The interior treatment borrows heavily from the GLA’s compact sister models, but it does feature distinct color combinations and decorative trim. Benz’s MB-Tex synthetic leather is the standard upholstery, while the genuine article is available as an option. The dash panel can be specified in aluminum, or a choice in wood finishes: high-gloss or a matte that we find exquisite. Galvanized switchgear is abundant and generates a premium look that’s reminiscent of more-upmarket vehicles.
Of course, what would a new Mercedes be if it wasn’t stuffed full of the latest telematics and assistance systems? The brand’s new-gen telematics platform, mbrace2, offers connectivity and the infotainment features we’ve come to expect in a free-standing display that sits atop the dash. Mercedes’ Collision Prevention Assist provides autonomous braking from speeds of up to 124 mph if the system detects an imminent collision—the system only works at speeds up to 18 mph if the object you’re about to collide with is stationary. The standard Benz fare of blind-spot detection, lane-keeping, park assist, and adaptive cruise control all are available, too.
To the typical crossover customer, style matters a lot, and the GLA-class is sure to trigger heated discussions. Its curvaceous body, highlighted with multifarious decorative accents, might be slightly disturbing to those Mercedes aficionados who harbor some nostalgia for the sober and ultra-clean models of the Bruno Sacco era. Benz’s press release says that the GLA’s design is “youthful, sculptural, and full of drama.” For those of you who could do with a lesser degree of drama and clutter, we’re sure Mercedes would be more than happy to sell you a G-wagen.
The GLA250 4MATIC will appear at dealerships in the fall of 2014, and the front-drive GLA250 will follow in early 2015. Pricing information hasn’t been made available yet, but we expect to see base prices in the low- to mid-$30,000 range.
Watch the video below: DESIGN Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4Matic 2015
The grand finale: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition brings an impressive era to an end in exclusive style. The Final Edition model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for customers to order a SLS AMG – while at the same time reflecting the unrivalled success story and unique scope offered by the first vehicle to be completely built by Mercedes-AMG. The super sports car, with its 435 kW (591 hp) AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine, offers a fascinating combination of truly exceptional design and equipment features. Exclusively developed Cup tyres enhance its dynamic performance.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition is celebrating its twin world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The market launch will begin in March 2014. The super sports car will be available as either a Coupé or a Roadster and, once 350 units have been built, production of the SLS AMG model series will come to an end.
Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “As the first car to be completely developed by AMG, the SLS AMG marked the beginning of a new era for our company. And now, in the form of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, we are offering our customers one final and extremely attractive variant of our super sports car. With its numerous carbon fibre-look body components, a further optimised aerodynamic balance and optional Cup tyres, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition has the absolute potential to fascinate.”
Mercedes-Benz has developed a visionary concept of a super sports car in the form of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo to commemorate the release of Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 3. Due to premiere November 19 at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California, the super sports car will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the game goes on sale in December as the first of the “Vision Gran Turismo” series of vehicles. To mark the 15th birthday of the Gran Turismo series this year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of Gran Turismo and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo,” these creative teams developed concept models which give a unique insight into the further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that function just like real cars, the concepts will be gradually unveiled in and integrated into the new game through online updates.
Here’s the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG. The exterior has been modified by a glossy black rear spoiler, graphite grey side stripes, matte black 19-inch alloy wheels and red accents on the grille, mirror and wheels. The interior features ARTICO/DINAMICA sport seats, a leather/DINAMICA-wrapped steering wheel, red contrast stitching, an ARTICO-wrapped dashboard, and special AMG floor mats. The Edition 1 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 360 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The engine sees a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system that enables the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. This luxury car hopes to be the perfect combination of German engineering and luxury, while remaining at a very reasonable price.
It’s not everyday a luxury car manufacturer decides to introduce a premium OEM accessory for their originally designed exterior components. keeping it simple however, mercedes-benz has announced ‘the illuminated star’, an option that uses light conductor and LED technology to brighten up the three-pointed central star in the radiator grille of some of the current GL-class, M-class, E-class and CLS models. although the add-on doesn’t work when driving, it lights up when the car is unlocked, its engine is turned off or its doors or trunk are opened – remaining on for 15 seconds.