The new Mercedes-AMG GT is the second series-production model developed entirely in-house by AMG, following on the heels of the recently discontinued SLS AMG.
The Mercedes-AMG GT styling is clearly similar to the SLS AMG, but sleeker and more contemporary, with even some retro touches from the 300SL like the single-bar chrome grille and bubble roof.
This new sporty luxury sports coupe measures 4,546mm in length, 1,939mm in width and 1,289mm in height, while the wheelbase measures 2,630mm and a kerbweight is from 1,540kg depending on the options and model.
Just as the SLS AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT is based around an aluminium chassis structure weighing 231kg and from launch two engine variants of the all-new 4.0-litre V8 biturbo will be offered linked to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
In the standard model this new 4.0-litre V8 produces 456bhp at 6000rpm and 442 lb-ft of torque between 1600rpm and 5000rpm, while thanks to added boost pressure and other internal tweaks in the GT S, the V8 produces 503bhp at 6250rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque from 1750-4750rpm.
The entry-level GT goes from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 198mph with combined fuel consumption at 30.4mpg. The GT S does 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and tops out at 193mph. Average fuel economy is 30.1mpg.
The GT S model also comes with AMG Dynamic PLUS package, bigger brakes with red callipers, optional ceramic composite brakes measuring 402mm and bigger 265/35 R 19 tyres at the front and 295/30 R 20 tyres at the rear.
Both the GT and GT S arrive in the UK in April 2015, with prices to be announced in October. The base GT is expected to start from around £95k, going against Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type.
An open top roadster is likely to follow in 2016, along with a high-performance Black Series model.