The highly anticipated replacement for the Mercedes AMG SLS - which has become an icon thanks to its roof-hinged gullwing doors - has been teased despite the full reveal being around five months away.
The new model, dubbed AMG GT, will be revealed in full during September and is the second (after SLS) Mercedes-badged product to be developed in full by the firm's AMG division. The car will compete with the Porsche 911 in a market place that's beginning to heat up with the arrival of Jaguar's F-Type and cars like the next-gen Audi R8 and Aston Martin V8 on the horizon.
The AMG GT will be the performance flagship of the Mercedes AMG, helping to cement the brand as a high performance marque. "The new Mercedes-AMG GT shows that we will be positioning AMG more vehemently and aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand," said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. According to Moers, the AMG GT has a strong focus on driving dynamics, agility and sportiness.
On the inside at least the AMG GT packs a sumptuous and luxurious cabin with leather smeared over most of the surfaces. Four circular air-con vents sit below a large central display, which we can assume houses navigation, media, and vehicle information.
A carbon-fibre encased center console rises up to meet the air-con controls below and features a row of four buttons on both the passenger and driver side which echoes the sports car's engine layout: eight cylinders in a ‘V' formation. The interior also looks physically wide with what seems like a large space between the two occupants, this should give the car's exterior a low and planted appearance.
It is understood the AMG GT will debut with an all-new 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 – the same unit expected to be used by the next C63 AMG, marking the end of naturally aspirated AMG power. Power figures are unknown at this point, however more than the current C63's 336kW is probable.
It's also possible the monstrous 430kW 5.5-litre twin turbo V8 from the current E63 AMG S could propel a bonkers high performance variant aimed at the 404kW F-Type R Coupe. More details will be revealed closer to the new model's official debut later this year.