Mercedes-AMG GT S launched for Rs 2.4 crore

The AMG GT S is powered by the 503bhp, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

By Autocar India calendar 24 Nov 2015 Views icon3428 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Mercedes has launched its flagship sportscar, the AMG GT S in India priced at Rs 2.40 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). Internationally the car is available in two variants – the standard GT and the more powerful GT S, of which the latter has been launched today. The sportscar from Mercedes-AMG was launched by five-time DTM champion, Bernd Schneider.

Powering the AMG GT S is the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 developing 503bhp – 47bhp more than the standard AMG GT – paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with drive channelled to the rear wheels. The AMG GT S comes equipped with Mercedes’ Drive Mode selector offering five modes – Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual.

The AMG GT S gets a front-mid mounted engine layout with the engine located behind the front axle while the gearbox is located between the rear wheels for better weight distribution. Furthermore, the engine features a dry sump allowing it to be placed closer to the ground. The twin-turbos are located inside the ‘V’ of the cylinder bank allowing for a shorter intake and hence better response time.

To keep the weight of the car low, the prop shaft from the engine is made from carbon fibre while the wheels are centre locking units. This allows the AMG GT S to sprint from 0-100kph in a claimed time of 3.8 seconds.

In terms of styling, the car retains the exaggerated proportions of the SLS AMG but with more contemporary detailing. The gull wing doors are now replaced by lighter conventional units while at the back, the boot is accessed by a liftback-style tailgate for improved practicality.

The AMG GT S' feature list includes launch control, stability control, adjustable dampers, eight airbags, sports seats with heating, carbon fibre, metal and Alcantara trimmed interior, Burmester sound system and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with a floating display. Carbon ceramic brakes are offered as an option.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S rivals the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Jaguar F-Type R coupé.

Also read: Interview with Roland Folger, the MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India

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