In its evolution, Mercedes-AMG’s two-door sports cars, from the iconic SLS Gullwing to the earlier GT and even the Benz-branded SLR McLaren, have artfully blended flamboyance and performance to extravagant degrees. However, a shift in approach is evident with the newly unveiled 2024 GT coupe, where inspiration is drawn extensively from the latest SL roadster, embracing a more pronounced grand-touring demeanor.
Aesthetic Refinement and Enhanced Aerodynamics
The fresh iteration of the GT, belonging to the C192-series, maintains its signature allure as a high-priced powerhouse while refining its visual impact. With a gracefully sculpted profile featuring distinctive plunging front end and muscular rear haunches, the design retains its six-figure allure while embracing a more graceful aesthetic. Crafted from an aluminum space frame supplemented with steel, magnesium, and carbon-fiber components, the vehicle’s overall dimensions have experienced a slight expansion. This new rendition is now 7.1 inches longer, 1.6 inches wider, and boasts an additional 2.8 inches between its axles. Active systems are strategically positioned in the front underbody and an active rear spoiler is for optimized aerodynamics. An optional Aerodynamics package introduces supplementary front air deflectors, an accentuated rear diffuser, and a fixed rear wing.
Balancing Performance and Practicality
Mercedes-AMG’s paramount objective with the redesign of the GT is to gratify existing customers seeking a fusion of enhanced practicality without compromising performance. In a significant departure, the previous rear-wheel-drive configuration gives way to a standard variable all-wheel-drive system. This system flexibly allocates up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the front wheels or 100 percent to the rear axle. Beneath the hood, the familiar twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine returns, generating 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the GT55 model, while the GT63 offers an astonishing 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet. Notably, the transmission layout has evolved, featuring a nine-speed automatic with a clutch pack positioned directly behind the engine, favoring interior space over front-to-rear weight distribution.
Technological Advancements and Luxurious Interiors
The new GT encompasses a spectrum of mechanical enhancements, including rear-wheel steering, an electronically regulated limited-slip rear differential, and an optional 1.2-inch nose-lift system. An adaptive dampening semi-active hydraulically linked suspension is augmented by AMG’s Dynamic Select system, offering various drive modes, alongside a Race Start launch-control feature. The GT63 is poised to achieve a swift 60 mph in approximately three seconds. The car offers a choice between standard cast-iron brake rotors and optional carbon-ceramic units, with 21-inch forged aluminum wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport S5 summer tires.
The contrast with its predecessor is evident inside the cabin, boasting amplified luxury, spaciousness, and improved visibility, particularly with the optional panoramic glass roof. High-tech flourishes, from turbine-style air vents to an 11.9-inch center touchscreen, grace the interior, evoking the allure of the new SL. Standard enveloping sports seats can be upgraded to more supportive performance seats. Ample space behind the front seats enables convenient storage or the option for fold-down rear seats. Additionally, a hands-free power-operated rear hatch unveils a capacious cargo area that can accommodate two golf bags. Opting for collapsible rear jump seats enhances cargo capacity, a valuable option over the fixed bulkhead seen in models without this feature.