Earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show, Multimedia Editor Chris Amos got a chance to get up close and personal with Mercedes-AMG’s new Porsche 911 fighter, the GT. Seen here in the uprated “S” trim, the GT S boasts 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque from its brand new “M178” engine, a 4.0-liter, biturbocharged and dry-sump lubricated V8, which sends power to the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and an electronically controlled limited slip differential.
14.2-inch steel disc brakes at all four corners are standard on the GT, while the GT S features 15.4-inch rotors up front with red brake calipers. An optional carbon ceramic brake system is available to both models and measures 15.8 inches at the front and 14.2 inches at the rear. In terms of wheels, forged 19x9-inch rollers are mounted up front and 19x11-inch wheels are housed in the rear as standard on the GT (with 255/35 and 295/35 tires, front and rear), while the GT S gets larger 20x11-inch wheels in the rear and wider 265/35 and 295/35 tires, front and rear respectively.
Of course the full suite of AMG Dynamic Select options are found in the GT and GT S, which include Controlled Efficiency, Sport, and Sport Plus modes. An all-new Individual mode will also be on hand in the GT and GT S, allowing the driver to individually customize the characteristics of the engine, transmission, suspension damping, exhaust and other driving parameters to taste.
In terms of when you’ll be able to get behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT here in the States, the GT S is set to arrive first in the spring of 2015, while the standard GT should land on our shores the year after. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look and the GT S on the show floor:
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