Australian pricing for the Mercedes-AMG GT S has been announced, the baby supercar commencing at $295,000 plus on-road costs.
As is becoming tradition with Mercedes-AMG product, a special launch ‘Edition 1’ specification is also available, priced from $314,900. It boasts a carbon fibre roof among its highlights.
This places the 375kW Mercedes-AMG GT S just above Porsche’s $293,600 911 GT3, the most focused 911 currently available… and potentially the Merc’s closest rival.
The announcement ends any speculation that the ‘standard’ 340kW Mercedes-AMG GT would be coming to Australia, Mercedes-Benz stating the decision not to bring both variants was made only in the last two weeks. This follows its choice to only bring the S-specification AMG C 63 to these shores.
It is believed that the next 12 months of Australian AMG GT S production has already been spoken for, though Mercedes-Benz wouldn’t been drawn on a specific figure.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S employs a front-mid engine layout, incorporating a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that cites its turbochargers within the engine ‘vee’, shortening the inlet tract and maximising throttle response. Unlike the similar C 63 unit, the GT S uses a dry sump to reduce weight and lower the centre of gravity through superior engine location.
In S specification the 375kW peak power arrives at 6250rpm, with the 650Nm peak torque figure available from 1750-4750rpm. It weighs 1570kg in ‘ready to drive’ form (90 per cent fuel tank, no driver or luggage) and 0-100km/h is achieved in 3.8sec before hitting a 310km/h top speed.
AMG Dynamic Plus forms part of the standard Aussie GT S specification. It includes dynamic engine and transmission mounts that assist ride comfort in everyday driving and response when wanting to press on. There’s an additional RACE drive mode available when shifting manually and the package includes firmer baseline spring and damper rates, as well as increased front axle negative camber and improved speed-sensitive power steering. With Dynamic Plus, the engine’s peak outputs are retained for longer; power from 6000-6500rpm, torque from 1750-5000rpm.
A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is mounted in rear transaxle configuration, assisting in a 47:53 front to rear weight distribution. An electronically-locking differential aids traction and stability with its variable locking range which actively alters according to prevailing conditions.
Standard in the Mercedes-AMG GT S is three-stage electrically-controlled damping that allows the driver to choose between comfort, sport and sport plus. Additionally a three-stage ESP offers ‘ESP On’, ‘ESP Handling Mode’, and ‘ESP Off’. Other driver-controlled adjusters include the ‘active’ flaps within the sports exhaust.
Braking is taken care of via a composite brake system with 390mm discs upfront. Carbon-ceramics are optional, measuring 402mm up-front. Front wheels measure 9 x 19-inch with 265/35/19 tyres, with rears listed as 11 x 20-inch and 295/30/20 respectively.
More detail is expected in the ahead of the official market launch in July 2015. Stay tuned.
**Note overseas model images shown.