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At the latest Paris Auto Show, Mercedes unveiled the Cabriolet version of the already mighty AMG GT, the car came with one aesthetic tweak : roof goes on and off, and power tweaks.

The engine, mounted on the new AMG models is the same, it is the same 4.OL engine, V8, two turbos, but instead of producing 460 bhp on the regular engine, power was increased to reach 550 bhp, and 680 Nm in torque. All this results in a 0 to 100 kph race in just .6 seconds and 310 kph. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed dual-clutch transmission. The car uses refined elements of the more powerful sister, the AMG GT R, the rear axle differential is electronically controlled, with limited slip, in addition to that, there is the rear-wheel steering feature. Combined together, the car has better stability and is more enjoyable to drive.

On the outside, resemblance to the AMG GT R continues, from the features : a wide body, large wheels, a large “butt” and everything grew large compared to the AMG GT. Also the GT C comes with a soft top, so you need to sit still while some pistons, electric motors do stuff and magic to get the roof on or off. And you know dear readers, that weight in cars matters, so instead of having a heavy hard top, Mercedes opted for a soft top version, materials used in construction were Magnesium, steel and Aluminum.

Price tag isn’t announced yet, production will start on 2017, with more detailed features about the car, and the AMG 50th anniversary

AMG GT R reveal

Mercedes AMG introduced, in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with the craziest possible way, its new AMG GT R, which is a new variant of the AMG GT, that comes with sportier looks, faster, more powerful, and with a better brain. The AMG GT R, came from the sky, lifted by a helicopter and deposed in the Mercedes-Benz World test track in Brooklands, to be welcomed by an AMG GT-S and the AMG GT3. The introduction came hand in hand with the celebration of a 1,2,3 podium at the Nurburgring 24h. The three cars came straight to business, having fun, being tail happy, drifting, and giving it their best. It was all spectacular.

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First thing is first, the completely new look, the AMG GT R comes in a vibrant shade of green, after its teaser being made in forest, by the triple F1 world champion, Louis Hamilton. The car sits on lightweight, AMG performance wheels, in black matte color. The wheels were adjusted as follow, 19 inch to the front, and 20 inches to the rear, all four wheels have 325 wide Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. The car has a low slug front section, with a forward inclined radiator vertical-strats grille which give it a shark nose expression. After spending many an hour in the wind tunnel, testing, and being reshaped, the AMG GT R came with a aerodynamic, muscular aggressive profile. Front fenders were used for both weight reduction, and better aerodynamic results, it also gives the car 1.8 inch more in width. In the rear, it has a large rear diffuser, new aluminum side walls, which allow a 2.2 inches addition to the width. It has a new air spoiler, and for weight gain, a high grade carbon roof. Total weight gain was 15 kgs compared to the AMG GTS.

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Under the bonnet lays the power train of the AMG GT R, the 4.0L twin Turbocharged tweaked V8 engine, the same M176 engine put inside the standard GT, but with more tweaks, is able to reach the same power figure as the old 5.5L M157 engine. So now, the engine unleashes 585 bhp, has a crazy torque of 700 Nm. Standing start to 100 kph takes 3,6 seconds which the same as the GT S variant. Top speed will be around 320 kph. All this was achieved thanks to the AMG speedshift DCT 7-speed automatic transmission. Not only that, but the new turbochargers fitted to the engine, have now 0,15 bars more compared to the old ones. Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-engine

On the inside, the old seats were removed, and instead, AMG fitted its sport, manually adjustable, seats for light weight. They are covered in NAPPA leather, and DINAMICA microfibre components, guess that the tailors at Mercedes AMG know what luxury, and being suited up means. The car comes with new AMG Interiour night package. Elements such as the infotainment system, the Burmester Sound System and Climate control were kept despite trying to save weight. Then, we go the buttons, and settings. The new AMG GT R is the first ever Mercedes Benz to feature rear-axle steering : at low speeds, the rear wheels tend to turn opposite to the front wheels, to have a tighter turning circle, whereas, at high speed, the rear wheels turn parallel to the front wheels to gain on stability. In addition to that, the car has new ESP and Traction Control mode, that works in 9 modes, from wet to off. The driver can adjust dumpers according to three driving modes : comfort for city drive, Sport and Sport plus, for crazy, go fetch drive. For the first time, Magnesium was used on some components to reduce weight. New suspensions were fitted; double wishbones and unibal bearings, for a more track focused drive, and coil cover spring, that adapts to the driving commands.

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Brabus Mercedes AMG GT Front

As usual, Brabus did its best to make one of Mercedes AMG flagships look the best, the finest, and let’s not forget, powerful. In fact, people at Brabus just revealed the new AMG GT S Brabus toy, fitted with the PowerXtra B40-600 plug-in module and the least that can be said about it, is ravishing.

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The AMG GT S had its old engine upgraded to produce now something close to 600 bhp, exactly, 591 bhp, and 750 Nm of torque. The new engine has a faster ignition timing, better fuel injection and higher turbocharger boost. Performance of the car improved quite well, the 0 to 100 kph takes now just 3,6 seconds, and top speed is announced to be around 325 kph. To have better engine performance, the GT S exhaust system has been replaced with a new titanium made exhaust system, that is also 40% lighter. The driver can adjust the sound between quite and crazy loud, it is according to its driving style.

Brabus AMG GT S Engine

Alterations were brought to the car looks, first of all, the B logo or the Mercedes Star. The Brabus GT S AMG has new air intakes, side air splitters, a rear air diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. The air diffuser, same as most of the car parts, are in carbon fiber, allowing the car to be lighter, thus to attain higher speeds.

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The AMG GT S Brabus will be unveiled in the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show, it will have in its visor, the Jaguar F-type coupe, The new Porsche 911 and the GTB Ferrari.

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Posted: November 27, 2014 in AMG GT, Mercedes Benz
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When it comes to replacing their models, car companies do a crazy job to fix, add, replace.. because the next model has to be better in every way, but what if that car being replaced is the SLS AMG? Kind of the perfect car? How car one replace the perfect car? Mercedes-Benz and AMG had the answer, they outdid themselves, and created the AMG-GT model, a rocket that was made to compete with Porsche 911, Jaguar F type R, Audi R8, Corvette, Aston Martin Vantage. There is a new version, and it is more powerful, faster, and in some way better than the AMG GT. It is the AMG GT S, where S means here 50 more bhp.

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So as expected, the car came to play in the big league, and it is not to be messed with. It is fitted with the same 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, with turbos mounted inside the V, it is to achieve greater thermal efficiency. The engine is able to produce 510 bhp, all of them going to the rear wheels, and 479 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm. It is coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The result is, 0 to 60 in a lighting 3.6 seconds. Mercedes-AMG will need to do a better work though, to beat the 3.0 seconds of the Porsche GT3, and 3.5 seconds of the Jaguar F-type. The car top speed is limited at 196 mph which lessens the fun. Mounting the turbos inside V creates a more compact engine, to gain space. Mercedes-AMG uses dry sump to guarantee a better lubrication for the engine. Having a smaller engine won’t mean that the car will make less noise than its AMG predecessors, the exhaust system creates the kind of noise that announces the car coming from miles.

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The interior was made to be just perfect. It is similar to the SLS, spaceship craft was present, with all the buttons, knobs and switches, especially with the central console, so get ready to launch your missiles. These features allow you to control the power distribution, steering, driving modes, and lots of stuff. For example, the Sport Plus mode offers a more aggressive driving through firm steering, lightning gear-changes, and throttle mapping. The car has a large leg and head rooms. It has a large steering wheels, the seats have carbon fiber backs, some expensive materials were used, like aluminium, soft leather, carbon-fiber…. The car has large air intakes, and a good balance of colors.

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As we said, The AMG GT is based on the SLS Mercedes, it has the same long nose, looks a bit like it, but in its own way. It is as wide, it has the same front suspension, while the rear suspension is custom-made just for it. It has iron adaptive suspension dampers, aluminum double-wishbone suspension, low center of gravity, electronically controlled mounts for the engine and the gearbox. The engine is mounted more the rear, while the gearbox sits on the rear axle, giving the car better agility, and a weight distribution towards the rear, (53% of the mass goes the rear axle, while 47% to the front). The car has an electronic differential mounted on the rear axle. An impressive feature about the car, is the hydraulic steering, which makes more car and less computer of it, to give that sensation of control of the driver, instead of all the electronics doing the job for him, and the result is more controllable, less nervous steering than the SLS.

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With only have price of the old SLS, The AMG GT S stands well on its feet, and is here to beat all its competitors, there is maybe a black series edition coming, and who knows what would it be able of

 

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Posted: September 26, 2014 in AMG GT, Mercedes Benz
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Mercedes spent a good part of a year teasing its fans about a new model, a new raging elegant toy, the Mercedes AMG GT. The Porsche 911 direct rival, and the replacement to the SLS AMG. AMG calls it the epitome of dynamic perfection, and as a first look, the dynamism, and the sportiness are clear on the car general shape.

As you all see, the car has lost the Benz name to the AMG. It is the second car to be fully made by AMG, the first one being the SLS AMG. A bit of history, in 1954, the world opened his eyes to the Gullwing SL 300 (W198). 50 years later, when Mercedes had 40% of McLaren, the two automotive giants made the McLaren Mercedes SLR. Then in 2009, the All AMG car, the SLS who produced 571 from its 6.2L V8. After that, Mercedes made the SLS Black Series, who produced a staggering 631 poneys. The last one to carry the SLS name was the SLS electric drive, who had four electric engines that produce 740 bhp, same as Michael Schumacher F1 car. A year after that the last SLS was produced, Mercedes unveiled the AMG GT. A car that combines sportiness with elegance. The AMG GT was based on the SLS, and has many of its features, but has lost some too. First of, it doesn’t have the famous Gullwing doors, but normal coupe doors. It is more compact, more 911 looking. It is wider, it has wider wheels arches, and a lower body work, thus a lower center of gravity. It has the same long hood though, the same angry look, well Mercedes used newer technology, but the car still looks angry.

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The car is powered, and this is where Mercedes made the miracle, by a 4.0L V8. It has two turbochargers, that are installed inside the V, it is the same technology used in Formula 1 engines, and what Mercedes calls “Hot inside V”. The turbocharger acts faster while it is mounted inside the engine. The powertrain produces 462 bhp and 443 lb.ft of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a transaxle AMG DCT 7-speed double-clutch  transmission. The fastback shape of the car, made Mercedes AMG engineers choose a front mid-engine settings. The car has limited-slip electronic differential. Weight balance is 47 front to 53 to the rear. The car has a lower center of gravity, which gives it exceptional handling.

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The body is designed by racers, tested by racers. The AMG GT has a handcrafted body, from aluminium and carbon. The chassis and the body are made entirely from aluminium which makes the car lightweight. The body shell weighs only 233 kg. The car has the innovative Mercedes lines, in its grille, vents, overall shape, it follows the same lines Mercedes put to its cars. The lower air intakes look like those on the E63 AMG. The Lights, are similar to the S class coupe. So you can say, that it is a mixture, a son to all it is previous fathers.

As far as the interior is concerned, the car is comfortable, homey, welcoming, desirable to drive with all its features. Even though AMG’s were known to be stiff, and hard, designers made it to be a racing driver’s car. It gives you this impression, from the first moment you open the door.  It has a low sitting position, a small firm driving wheels, a large instrument cluster. It all looks like an “aviation cockpit”.

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The car is said to consume only 9.3L to the 100km and produce 219g of CO2/km. It is announced to be worth 115000€ as an opening price.
Its direct competitors are the Porsche 911, the Jaguar F type, The Aston Martin Vantage V8, Audi R8…

Sources : Topgear.com ; Gtspirit.com ; Mercedes-AMG.com ; caranddriver.com ; tf1.fr