“A sports car in its purest form,” is how Gorden Wagener – Daimler AG design boss – describes the new Mercedes-AMG GT. ‘Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of glorious Mercedes sports cars,’ he reckons.
And how! The new GT’s low, wide and four-square stance on the tarmac is a dead giveaway of its shared basic architecture with the now redundant SLS Gullwing, but we reckon the beautifully developed surface treatments on the new car have made the SLS look a bit clunky with a few deft strokes of the pen.
Some in the GRR office astutely mentioned shades of ‘noughties’ TVR in some of the new AMG GT’s features (check out the side-on view and the C pillars), but we’ve not heard that Gorden is a fan of Blackpool rock so we’re assuming it’s a coincidence.
More directly in the AMG GT’s line of fire are (of course!) the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type, and at first glance the AMG manages perfectly to intersect the two brands with a design that expresses Germanic technical sophistication while dripping with sensuality. Or maybe we’ve just been swept off our feet by the hot new model in town…
Highlights of the new AMG include ‘postively arched’ surfaces which the designers say give a sensuous, sculptural appearance. There’s a muscular side wall with a sculpted element creating a sense of lightness and dynamism, while the sides and arched roof taper dramatically into that shapely rump. (While Jaguar talks about the F-Type ‘heartline’, the Germans say their new GT deliberately avoids lines in the shoulder region.)
At the front the team says the interaction of diverse design elements lend the GT a ‘superior, self-confident’ air. By which they mean the three-dimensional grille with central star, LED lamps with stylised eyebrows and triple high-beam reflectors on either side, the large cooling air intakes and the front splitter in the front apron.
That tapered rear features flat, wide tail lights and turn signals (18 LEDS acting sequentially each side), plus an extendable rear spoiler which disappears while the car is stationary. The tailpipes are integrated into the rear bumper.
Inside, M-AMG says ‘radically low, sporty proportions create a unique sense of spaciousness’, which is not the sense we remember from the SLS, so presumably the lack of gullwing doors has improved the headroom.
The central ‘aviation design’ theme, which is typical of the marque, has been restyled with four central spotlight-style vents. M-AMG also says the dominant centre console ‘appears to be a feature lifted straight from motor racing by virtue of its styling that is reminiscent of a NACA air intake’. There’s also a free-standing central display, and the electronic ‘drive’ set-up controls are even arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout. (It says here…)