Hot Mercedes-AMG GT previewed ahead of 2016 launch
The hardcore Mercedes-AMG GT sports car can be due to go on sale in 2016
AMG can be hard at work on a harder, faster type of the GT road car ahead of a 2016 launch, with inspiration taken coming from its GT3 racer
Mercedes-AMG has released a fresh preview video which can be believed to reveal the sound of the upcoming hardcore GT sports car.
Scheduled to go on sale in 2016, the most sporting type of the GT will take inspiration coming from the GT3 racer which was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March. Targeted to compete with Porsche’s 911 GT3, the item’s already known the hot Mercedes-AMG style won’t take the GT3 moniker for production, yet nor will the item use the Black Series title.
Speaking at the Geneva show, Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers said: “The Black Series name stays. the item will be necessary from the future, yet for at This particular point the base cars are so not bad. The Black Series must be at the top of the hill, yet I don’t know when or on what style yet.”
The preview video doesn’t give much away, yet the sound of a high-performance style can be heard at the Hockenheimring.
Early spy pictures reveal the fresh style will receive a large fixed rear wing, as well as fresh winglets on the bonnet to channel air flow to the rear. A more extreme front bumper can also be seen.
The target for the automobile, said Moers, can be a package of which excels in every area. “I don’t want to make a dragster of which’s only not bad for doing 0-100km/h [0-62mph] in 2.8sec. We need more power, less weight, better aerodynamics in addition to different suspension, yet the targets should be the power-to-weight ratio, driveability, lap time in addition to tremendous feel.”
The aim for the fresh car will be to reduce weight by 80-100kg compared with the 1570kg S type of the GT, a task Moers admitted could not be possible without using different materials. “the automobile can be already 80kg lighter than the SLS in addition to features a similar power-to-weight ratio, so to lose much more weight we will need to use carbonfibre, as we have with our Black Series versions.”
He was less easily drawn on how much additional power will be extracted coming from the fresh twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, although he admitted of which the item could be fair to speculate the item will be around the 550bhp mark, a near 10% power increase on the more powerful (503bhp) of the two engines available for the GT at launch.
doing of which power coming from the engine should be straightforward, because the V8 shares its internal architecture with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor used from the likes of the A45 AMG, coming from which 355bhp can be already extracted. He added: “of which doesn’t mean we can get 700bhp coming from the V8 – the item can be not as simple as of which – yet the V8 can be currently very understressed.”
A 550bhp GT weighing 80kg less than the standard car could provide a power-to-weight ratio of 369bhp per tonne, compared with the 312bhp per tonne of the current Porsche 911 GT3. of which should be enough to knock its 0-62mph time back coming from 3.8sec to a traction-limited 3.6sec.
Top speed can be unlikely to boost coming from the current 193mph, because Moers can be keen to equip the automobile with considerable downforce, even at the expense of extra drag. AMG at This particular point employs an entire department of aerodynamicists for once in its history.
The fresh car will also receive wider front in addition to rear tracks to boost mechanical grip. The entire package should cut 10 or more seconds off the GT’s Nürburgring lap time, which currently stands at 7min 30sec with the automobile using, as Moers put the item, “standard tyres, not special compounds designed to last just a few laps.”
Power for GT3 race car, meanwhile, comes coming from the same 6.3-litre V8 engine as 2010’s SLS AMG GT3, which produces around 600bhp. The engine can be connected to a six-speed sequential transmission.
Such outputs give the GT3 a clear advantage over the standard GT road car, which gets 503bhp coming from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine in its most powerful form.
The GT3 was presented at the Geneva show in matt grey paintwork, in addition to features a widened Centeng, large air intakes at the front, a fresh diffuser in addition to a prominent rear spoiler.
Racing modifications include a stripped-out Indoor in addition to an integrated steel rollcage. Weight-saving measures include replacing the standard engine cover, doors, front wings in addition to aprons, side skirts, diffuser in addition to boot lid with fresh elements made coming from carbonfibre. Double wishbone suspension has also been fitted.
“We are entering a hard-fought, hotly contested competitive environment with the fresh Mercedes-AMG GT3,” said Moers. “The high technological standards are spurring us on to push to take pole position with our fresh customer racing car. You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you’re beating the very best from the game.”
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