The first example set to arrive in the UK in April 2015 will be the GT S and GT S Edition 1 variants – powered by an all-new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine developing 510 hp at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,750 rpm. This endows the GT S with the ability to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 193 mph.
The GT – set to arrive in the UK in late 2015 – uses the same dry sump V8, albeit in 462 hp guise – developed at 6,000 rpm. The GT produces 600 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm – allowing it to accelerate to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds before reaching 189 mph.
Every GT will be comprehensively specified – 19 inch wheels (front and rear) are joined by a mechanical limited slip differential, a switchable AMG performance exhaust, COMAND Online (complete with an 8.4-inch screen), AMG sports suspension and an adjustable electronic rear wing.
The GT S adds 20 inch rear wheels, red brake callipers clamping enlarged discs, an electronically-controlled rear differential, AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with three selectable modes and an increase in power from 462 hp to 510 hp.
The GT S Edition 1 brings with it even greater visual presence – from the fixed rear wing and accompanying deep front splitter extending up to the airdams, just ahead of aerodynamic flicks on the front wings. High-gloss silver and black 19 inch (front) and 20 inch (rear) wheels, a carbon roof, a set of black mirror surrounds with matching window surrounds and rear diffuser and black exhaust tips complete the enhancements. Inside, red contrast stitching is joined by a leather and suede finish for the special AMG performance seats and the steering wheel and a centre console in ‘Black Diamond’ textured finish.
The Mercedes-AMG GT can be specified to exacting requirements of the customer. Across the range there are two non-metallic, four metallic and five designo paint choices – from a subtle black to a vivid AMG Solarbeam yellow – accompanied by four wheel designs to choose from on the GT, three on the GT S and two on the GT S Edition 1.
Inside, there are 14 leather and five centre console colour combinations and finishes to choose from – as well as two different styles of seats, from the AMG sport seats to the more track-orientated AMG performance seats (£1,895 - standard on the GT S Edition1). For those intending to take their GT on track, there’s the option of an AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system – £5,995 – providing even greater stopping power than the AMG high-performance steel composite brake system which is fitted as standard.
Useful additions on a day-to-day basis include the Premium Pack (£4,195) – encompassing a reversing camera, a mirror package, a fixed panoramic sunroof, a powerful 640W Burmester sound system and keyless-go.
The GT is the second car entirely engineered by Mercedes-AMG – the first being the SLS AMG – with which it shares a similarly acute level of driver-focus. For instance, the AMG Dynamic Plus Package (£1,795) on the GT S and GT S Edition 1, features cutting-edge dynamic engine mounts to deliver greater steering feel and refinement when desired through either stiffening or softening the engine and transmission mounts. The result means the GT can strike a balance between being driven hard, and being viable for everyday use.