Mercedes-AMG GT attacks Circuit of the Americas

 Mercedes AMG GT attacks Circuit of the Americas
Mercedes-Benz is having a banner year with its Formula One team. Through 2014, the constructor has 454 championship points; ahead of its nearest competitor (Red Bull-Renault) by a margin of 182 tally marks. We’re sure they can almost taste the champagne.

It’s fitting then, and a little big cocky in a good way, that Mercedes has released a video of its newest sports car at an F1 venue. In this case, the car is the lovely Mercedes-AMG GT S, and the racetrack is Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.

Having seen the official photo set and scratched the surface of the technical specifications earlier this week, we’re excited to finally hear the thing run. As you might guess, the deployment of 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from the twin-turbo V8 is a motivating experience. Crank up your volume, and hit that play button. (Oh, and Mercedes shot the thing in 4K, too, so those of you with expensive televisions/monitors should take heed to the settings.)
 Mercedes AMG GT attacks Circuit of the Americas

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Mercedes-AMG GT vs. Porsche 911 [w/poll]

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Mercedes-Benz designed the AMG GT to compete head-on with the Porsche 911. It’s a clear, singular purpose, and Benz brings a lot of money, technology and race-bred expertise to the fight.

The AMG GT is Merc’s followup to the awesome SLS AMG, the retro-modern, gullwing-doored coupe that took us by storm half a decade ago. But this new GT coupe is a more focused sports car than the SLS, rather than an all out supercar capable of extreme performance. It’s got a brand-new V8 engine, and state-of-the-art technology that help it to not only be a proper Mercedes, but to be a serious performer.

Mercedes will sell its new baby in two models. The GT S arrives first, in spring 2015, followed by the standard GT in mid-2016. Of course, there’s room to grow from there. And while Porsche may have already expanded its 911 range to include a vast variety of models, here’s how Stuttgart’s icon stacks up against Affalterbach’s bad boy.

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Power and Speed

The AMG GT is rated at 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, and the AMG GT S makes 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. They both use the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which is hand-built at AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, and then tuned differently for each variant.

  • Those power ratings slot the Benzes between the 911 Carrera S, which pushes out 400 hp and just 325 lb-ft from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, and the 911 Turbo, which has 520 hp and 487 lb-ft (524 lb-ft when overboost is used) from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo six.
  • Despite the power variance, the sprint to 60 miles an hour is quite competitive. The 911 S has a best time of 3.9 seconds, dead even with the GT, and a couple ticks slower than the GT S, which clocks 3.7 seconds. The 911 Turbo outclasses both Mercedes easily, with a 3.0-second time with the Sport Chrono pack.

The Oily Bits

There’s more choice from Porsche, and in this area, that’s unlikely to change much.

  • Porsche sells the 911 with seven speed-manual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmissions. Mercedes also will offer the GT with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – but that’s it. Purists can pull the paddles (or grind their teeth) in manual mode.
  • You can get several 911 models with all-wheel drive, while GT and GT S are strictly rear-wheel driven. There are some AMGs with 4Matic, but it would add considerable weight to the GT models.

Variants

There’s more choice from Porsche, but we expect this to change quickly for Mercedes once the GT S and GT arrive on the market.

  • You can get almost any flavor of 911 you’d like. Track-oriented? There’s the 911 GT3. Raw power? You need the 560-hp Turbo S. There’s coupes, convertibles and everything in between (like the Targa). You can even celebrate 50 years of the 911, with you guessed it, a 50th Anniversary edition.
  • The pickings are much slimmer for the GT line. But there’s no way Mercedes keeps it this way for good. We hear a convertible is possible, but not approved, and naturally, other performance and luxury packages are likely.

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Weight/Dynamics

The lesser-powered 911s are lighter, no surprise there, but the aluminum-intensive Mercedes is still extremely competitive.

  • We estimate the GT will weigh about 3,500 pounds, and GT S will weigh about 3,560 pounds when they come to the United States. This projection takes the European weights and factors in added equipment needed to meet American crash-test requirements.
  • By comparison, the 911 S with a seven-speed manual checks in at a lithe 3,075 pounds, and the PDK model is 3,120, which allows the trimmer Porsches to post competitive 0-60 times even though they give up a lot of horsepower. Even the Turbo and its 520 horses only weighs 3,516 pounds.
  • It’s worth noting: The 911 remains a rear-engine car, while the GT and GT S have a front-mid-engine layout.

Checkered Flag

The Mercedes sports cars strike right at the middle of the 911 lineup. There are lighter, cheaper, and lesser-powered 911s, but the GT and the GT S are competitive and even better – on paper – than several of their closest 911 rivals in some crucial areas. Porsche also offers several higher-end 911 variants that outclass the two Mercedes entries, though obviously, Benz has left itself room to grow. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the GT is expected to start around $115,000, and the GT S should begin around $130,000.

So, based on this preliminary data, which one would you choose? Vote in our poll below, and sound off in the Comments, as well.

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Mercedes F1 races the runway in Edinburgh [w/video]

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE CAR HITS 192.6 MPH AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT

A MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1W03 Formula One car made its debut at the annual Race the Runway event in Scotland yesterday in spectacular style as it recorded a terminal speed of 192.6 mph on the auxiliary runway at Edinburgh Airport.

Driven by former Formula One and Le Mans racer Anthony Davidson, the F1W03 chassis lined up on the start line as passenger aircraft taxied just yards away. He accelerated from a standstill to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, 124 mph in 5.7 seconds and 186 mph (300 km/h) in 14.9 seconds before reaching 192.6 mph in 20 seconds.

Race the Runway is run by and benefits the Prince and Princes of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. The event invites owners of high performance cars – not just Formula One machines – to participate in a series of drag races in return for a donation to the Hospice. For the second year Mercedes-Benz sponsored the event with examples of the A 45 AMG, C 63 AMG Black Series, the E 63 AMG S Estate, the GLA 45 AMG, the new S 63 AMG Coupé and the SLS AMG Black Series all taking part along with privately owned cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Nissan and Tesla. In total, 32 cars competed – a record number for the event.

Of the Mercedes-Benz road cars at Race the Runway, the 631 hp SLS AMG Black Series achieved the highest top speed, hitting 161 mph.

The chassis used for the event was from the 2012 season and raced in the German, Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore rounds of the Formula One World Championship. Designed and built at the home of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS in Brackley, the chassis is powered by a mighty naturally-aspirated V8 engine created by the engineers at Mercedes HighPeformancePowertrains, based in Brixworth.

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Benz’s Porsche 911-fighter is here, in the form of the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. It looks killer, and comes packed with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 producing either 503 horsepower in GT S form, or 456 hp in standard GT guise. The slick new coupe launches next year, and we can’t wait to drive it. For now, check out the full details about the stunning new two-door, here.


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Volkswagen Eos, we hardly knew ye. After only seven years on the market, VW is discontinuing its hardtop convertible, and its swan song is this Final Edition – a special, decidedly expensive package, only available for the Eos’ last year on sale. Contributor Jonathon Ramsey spent some time with the Final Eos in Virginia and accurately sums up why it’s time to put the Eos to sleep. Read his full thoughts in our Quick Spin.


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The car gods giveth, and the car gods taketh away. Instead of mourning the loss of the Volkswagen Eos, check out this new four-seat, topless entry from BMW – the 2 Series Convertible. Launching in the same 228i and M235i trims as the coupe, the ‘vert takes everything we already like about the 2 Series and adds that lovely wind-in-your-hair experience. Get the full details ahead of the car’s Paris Motor Show launch, here.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is one heck of a second coming

The new Mercedes-AMG GT: Driving performance for sports car enthusiasts

AMG racetrack performance combined with superb everyday practicality

Affalterbach. The first Mercedes was a racing car and its most recent successor carries this heritage forward. With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG sports car brand is moving into a new sports car segment. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp (340 kW) and as a GT S with 503 hp (375 kW). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. The drive system tailored to consistently delivering driving dynamics perfectly complements this set-up. The centerpiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT is thethe new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, which responds instantly with extreme power at low revs and delivers outstanding performance. Top figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph (preliminary) and a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h), combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

At the same time, this two-seater is a comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring thanks to its practical decklid, easily accessible luggage compartment, and high level of comfort on long journeys. It also features an extensive list of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems which ensure the high level of safety expected from Mercedes-AMG.

“With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, we are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field. This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of”, says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

“With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfils our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. The car is manufactured according to the motto ‘Handcrafted By Racers’ – which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit.”

The models at a glance:

Mercedes-AMG GT

Displacement: 3982 cc

Output: 456 hp (340 kW) at 6000 rpm

Max. torque: 443 lb.ft (600 Nm) at 1600-5000 rpm

Acceleration: 0-60mph 3.9 s (preliminary)

Top speed: 189mph (304 km/h)***

Mercedes-AMG GT S

Displacement: 3982 cc

Output: 503 hp (375 kW) at 6250 rpm (6000-6500 rpm*)

Max. torque: 479 lb. ft. (650 Nm) at 1750-4750 rpm (1750-5000 rpm*)

Acceleration: 3.7 s (preliminary)

Top speed: 193 mph (310 km/h)***

* In conjunction with AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package; *** Electronically limited.

The combination of aluminium spaceframe, V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle, locking differential, sports suspension with aluminium double- wishbone suspension and a low curb weight delivers racetrack performance. The front mid-engine design and rear transaxle configuration makes for a beneficial weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent between the front and rear axle. In conjunction with the vehicle’s low center of gravity this translates into extremely agile handling and permits high cornering speeds. With a favorable power-to-weight ratio, the Mercedes-AMG GT self-confidently lines up alongside the very best in its segment.

Exterior design: sporty emotion and sensual purity

“The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purist form”, says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence.”

The new Mercedes-AMG GT embodies pure sportiness and emotion. The two- seater is characterized by hallmark rear-wheel-drive proportions. The V8 biturbo front mid-engine ensures optimum weight distribution, which forms the basis for superb driving dynamics. The long hood with its pronounced powerdomes, the greenhouse which has been moved far back, the large wheels and broad tail end make up the distinctive looks. Additionally, the large deck lid conceals a practical luggage compartment.

Muscular and dramatic

Gracefully arched surfaces give the Mercedes-AMG GT its sensuous character and the appearance of artist’s sculpture. Viewed from the side, the dome- shaped, arched roof line and the frameless doors are eye-catching features. A muscular element sculpted out of the side wall creates a sense of lightness and movement, even when the vehicle is at a standstill. The surfaces and lines of the side wall flow into the rear-end with a dramatic tapered effect. The GT deliberately avoids lines in the shoulder region in favor of one lower down extending into in the rear bumper, which stretches the body and makes it appear lighter. The side air outlets, each with two fins, represent a modern touch on a classic feature of Mercedes-Benz sports cars.

The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the coupe a superior, self-confident front: the three-dimensional diamond radiator grille with central Mercedes star, a broad single lamella and tastefully accented by the AMG logo stands in the center of the front end. LED High Performance headlamps with stylized “eyebrows” as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators, as well as three separate high-beam reflectors lend the GT its characteristic look.

Large air intakes in the front apron optimize the flow of air to the cooling modules, while the the charictaristic A-wing design with a front splitter makes the sports car appear low-slung and wide. Finshed in high-gloss black on the GT S, the front splitter accentuates the aggressive look. Customers can also customize the exterior and options available include the Exterior Silver Chrome package, the Night package and the Exterior Carbon-Fiber package.

Broad shoulders for an emotional appearance

With its wide stance, broad shoulders, and narrow tail light design, the rear area creates an emotional appearance at any angle. The licence plate bracket is located in the lower part of the bumper, allowing the Mercedes star to be placed prominently on the smooth-surfaced rear deck lid. The rear features an electroncally retractable rear spoiler, which is concealed from view while the car is at a standstill. The black diffuser insert with integrated tailpipes is accented by a trim strip in matte iridium silver inspired by the A-wing design of the front, creates a visual sense of lightness across the entire rear end.

The tail lights underline both the sporty styling of the rear, as well as the attention to detail and sophistication – form and function combine in a unique way to create a perfect unit.

Interior: sensuality, emotion and perfection

The interior design also embodies maximum emotion and sensual purity. Radically low, sporty proportions create a unique sense of spaciousness. Clearly drawn components and their authentic materials underscore the dynamic character and create instant excitement: Anyone opening the door discovers an exciting interplay between the deep, sloping dashboard and a dominant, arched high center console; a design which evokes emotions and impresses with its perfection.

The central “aviation design” theme, which is the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz sports cars, has been restyled. The extreme emphasis on the width of the dashboard, which creates an impression of a powerful wing dominates the cockpit of the GT. Four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at each end of the dashboard reinforce this impression. The combination of high beltlines, concave-shaped door paneling, low seating position and a dramatic center console design, makes the GT feel like you are slipping into the cockpit of fighter jet.

The dominant center console with features lifted straight from motor racing by virtue of its styling that is reminiscent of a NACA air intake. Its surfaces are available with numerous trim options providing the customer ultimate stylistic choice of silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond and matte silver fiberglass. Positioned centrally, the free-standing display is easly and quickly seen while driving for minmimal distraction while providing modern stylistic flair. Attention to detail is also echoed in the AMG DRIVE UNIT controls: they are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, emphasising the powerful and high-tech impression made by the center console.

Outstanding precision and a superior quality feel thanks to the finest materials with superb workmanship are also apparent on the sports seats, the performance steering wheel and the instrument cluster. The most important control for sports car fans is located in the AMG DRIVE UNIT on the left-hand side: the button for starting the engine, which is aptly labelled “Engine Start Stop” and illuminates in red.

The newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine

The new high-performance engine springs to life at the push of a button. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine was developed specifically for the GT. The innovative eight-cylinder engine boasts outstanding power delivery, performance figures on a par with motor racing, lightweight construction as well as high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It boasts the brand’s hallmark emotive V8 engine sound, along with an immediate response and high pulling power.

The new AMG V8 engine (internal designation M178) stands out with its precise power output, which is easily a match for a naturally aspirated engine. The linear power delivery makes it easy to handle the vehicle even at its limits. As part of this process, the sophisticated ECU even factors in the current driving condition and adjusts the accelerator response depending on the lateral forces generated.

With a displacement of 3982 cc, the V8 uses a range of technologies which are already being used in the 2.0-liter turbo engine in the CLA45 AMG — presently the most powerful, series-production four-cylinder engine in the world. Both engines have the same bore/stroke ratio, providing the basis for high revving ability. The piezo direct petrol injection used at Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the mixture formation. The spray-guided combustion process was further developed in the third generation to meet all future legal requirements.

First sports car engine with ‘hot inside V’ and dry sump lubrication

The new AMG V8 engine has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a “hot inside V”. The benefits are a compact engine design, an optimum response from the turbochargers and low exhaust gas emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters. The dry sump lubrication also ensures the oil supply even with high lateral forces and allows the engine to be installed lower, thus moving the center of gravity closer to the road and forming the basis for high lateral acceleration. The new Mercedes- AMG V8 biturbo engine is the world’s first sports car engine with ‘hot inside V’ and dry sump lubrication.
Performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is equipped as standard with an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable exhaust vanes. This allows the driver to vary the engine sound depending on the selected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. The driver may experience the V8 with a focus on comfort and relaxed, long- distance journeys or with a more powerful, emotive, motorsport-inspired touch. The AMG DRIVE UNIT includes a separate button to control the exhaust vanes directly. The exhaust note of the Mercedes-AMG GT has its own tonal characteristics which denote the car’s membership of the AMG family but that also distinguish it clearly from other high-performance cars.

A tradition of hand-built excellence: “one man, one engine”

The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is being made in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” principle. In the AMG engine shop, highly qualified master engine builders assemble the engines by hand according to the strictest quality standards. Once completed, this impeccable standard is clearly visible on the AMG engine plate, as it bears the engine builder’s actual signature. “One man, one engine” ties in with Mercedes-AMG’s unique motorsport genes, which exude innovative strength by virtue of the technology transfer from the racing series – from Formula 1, the DTM to the involvement in customer racing with the SLS AMG GT3.

Seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a rear transaxle configuration

When it comes to the power transmission of the new GT the Mercedes-AMG engineers rely on a combination of front mid-engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission in transaxle configuration at the rear axle – this layout has already successfully established itself in the SLS AMG. The weight distribution with its ratio of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear) is achieved in part from this configuration. The efficiency, speed and precision of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission were further optimized for the new sports car. Thanks to the larger gear ratio spread, the pronounced torque plateau of the new V8 turbo engine can be used optimally. The drivetrain’s overall design is ideal for an uncompromising sports car. At the same time, the exacting requirements in terms of everyday practicality, noise level, ride comfort and fuel consumption have been met.

To transfer the driver’s shift commands from the steering wheel mounted paddles even more directly; communication between the engine and transmission has been fundamentally revised. This means that the previous limits of shift performance have been increased while the response time has been substantially decreased. The driver can individually tailor the GT to their wishes with the aid of AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. Various modes are available: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and – entirely new – “I” (Individual). The manual “RACE” drive program reserved exclusively for the GT S optimally adjusts the shift strategy of the dual clutch transmission to the needs of racetrack usage – including fastest shift speeds and highly emotive engine performance. By pressing the “M” button, the driver can activate the manual transmission mode in any drive mode.

Electronic rear-axle locking differential as standard in the GT S

The GT comes as standard with a mechanical rear-axle locking differential which ensures outstanding traction and superb driving safety in all driving conditions. The GT S is fitted as standard with an electronically controlled rear- axle locking differential, which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. The electronic function provides even more sensitive, faster control than the mechanical solution, thus pushing the limits of handling dynamics even further. Not only does it further improve the traction of the driven wheels, but also increases the cornering speeds at the limits. The system operates with a variable locking effect in acceleration and overrun mode, and is perfectly tuned to the various driving conditions and road surface friction coefficients.

Double-wishbone suspension derived from motorsport

Driving dynamics and comfort on long journeys with racetrack performance and everyday practicality; the new Mercedes-AMG GT delivers on all counts. A great deal of attention was paid to the seamless integration of all mechanical and electronic systems during the design, development and testing. Whether it is the suspension, 3-stage ESP®, locking differential, steering, aerodynamics, tires or brakes – with precision engineering the exhilarating sports car driving experience is characterized by superb precision and clear feedback.

The AMG GT offers the perfect combination of design and engineering to produce amazing peforomance on the road as it uses the technological DNA of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, one of the most successful sports cars in recent years. Thanks to the optimum weight distribution of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear), the vehicle’s low center of gravity and the selected suspension layout, the driver benefits from precise steering response, formidable agility, low inertia when changing direction, and outstanding traction. Double-wishbone suspension is used at the front and rear – a technology adopted straight from motorsport.

Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminium in order to reduce the unsprung masses. The double-wishbone concept locates the wheel clearly with minimal elastic movements. The high camber and track rigidity not only results in high cornering speeds, but also provides the driver with an optimum road feel when cornering at the limit. An extremely direct connection of the shock absorber on the rear hub carrier reduces vibrations and undesirable wheel load fluctuations. Highly neutral behaviour and defined, predictable responses at the tire grip limit were important development objectives for the dynamic handling experts at Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes-AMG GT S with electronically controlled damping

The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping comes as standard on the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The driver can adjust the damping characteristics at the push of a button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT or by using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes. Three stages are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”.

The speed-sensitive sports steering features a variable steering ratio: it enhances vehicle handling and agility at low speeds while maintaining driving safety at high speeds. The power assistance is a particular highlight: it not only responds depending on road speed, but also on the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode. As a result, the driver has a perfect feel for the vehicle thanks to the direct feedback from the road. The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® with the “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” functions works in perfect unison with the locking differential and is tuned optimally to the outstanding driving dynamics and safety.

AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package available as an option for the GT S

The Mercedes-AMG GT comes as standard with drivetrain damping. A specially tuned damper reduces undesirable rolling motion of the entire drivetrain including the transaxle transmission, thus substantially improving comfort and agility.

The AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package augments performance and agility even more. It is available exclusively for the GT S and includes dynamic engine and transmission mounts. The engine and transmission mounts assume an important function in the case of a transaxle design: soft mounts improve comfort since they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. Handling and agility benefit, however, from an overall stiffer mount set-up.

Mercedes-AMG resolves these conflicting objectives using dynamic mounts, which adjust their stiffness continuously, and instantly to the respective driving conditions and handling. The special control electronics in the AMG CHASSIS CONTROLLER, (ACC), provide this function. The ACC detects driving situations on the basis of CAN data, is connected to the electronic rear-axle locking differential and thus ensures optimum, balanced driving dynamics. AMG has gone a step further when implementing this technology: the engine and transmission mounts are even actuated independently of each other. The advantage: this innovative solution provides an additional substantial improvement in driving precision and lateral dynamics.

Jochen Hermann, Head of Overall Vehicle Engineering AMG: “The combination of selectively variable mounts and a transaxle drivetrain is unique. Mercedes-AMG is once again promoting leading-edge technology, thus affirming our aspirations in terms of driving performance.”

A specific engine application in the DYNAMIC SELECT “RACE” drive mode and in the manual “M” transmission mode makes the GT S even more dynamic. The package also includes tauter suspension tuning thanks to raised spring and damping characteristics, more negative camber at the front axle as well as an adapted sports speed-sensitive steering. Thus the driver benefits from better performance with optimized handling. The performance steering wheel as well as yellow highlights in the instrument cluster round off the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package.

Optional ceramic high-performance compound construction brake system

Excellent deceleration characteristics and high resistance to fade come courtesy of the high-performance compound brake system – on the GT with internally ventilated, perforated 14.2″ (360mm) brake discs all-round; on the GT S with discs measuring 15.4″ (390mm) in diameter at the front, to cope with the higher performance, as well as red brake callipers. A ceramic high- performance compound brake system is available for both models as an option. Its advantages: lower weight, longer service life and even better fade resistance thanks to the ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 15.8″ (402mm) at the front and 14.2″ (360mm) at the rear.

Forged wheels and sports tires as an option

As standard, the GT is shod in 10-spoke light-alloy wheels, 9 x 19 inch (front) and 11 x 19 inch (rear), with 255/35 R 19 and 295/35 R 19 tires. On the GT S the dimensions are 9 x 19 inch (front) with 265/35 R 19 tires and 11 x 20 inch (rear) with 295/30 R 20 tires. A host of different design and color variants are available as options for both models, such as the ultralight forged wheels in cross-spoke design, painted matte black, with high-sheen rim edge and fully integrated wheel bolt covers.

In combination with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package, specially developed sports tires (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) are available for the GT S as an option – ideal for aspiring racing drivers on closed-off circuits.

Aluminium spaceframe with intelligent material mix

Mercedes-AMG has gone for an intelligent material mix on the body of the GT. Chassis including greenhouse and body are made out of aluminum alloy, the trunk lid out of steel and the radiator core support is made from magnesium. This extremely light element at the front reduces the inertia ahead of the front axle, thus improving the vehicle’s agility. Over 90 percent of the weight- optimized spaceframe is made out of aluminium components.

The bodyshell weighs 509 lbs. – a benchmark figure in the sports car segment. There were three key objectives during the design and development of the bodyshell structure: optimum strength, low center of gravity and low weight. The high resistance to flex and torsional strength of the entire design enables extreme linear and transverse forces from the drivetrain and suspension to be absorbed and transferred. Unwanted flexibility is thus reduced, with the vehicle responding rigidly and directly. As a result, the driver experiences a sports car with maximum driving dynamics that responds with excellent precision. The aluminium spaceframe also provides the basis for outstanding passive safety.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is produced at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen. The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is manufactured at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach.

Aerodynamics for high balance and effective cooling

Vehicle proportions, weight distribution, drive configuration, handling stability, drag, cooling and wind noise: the aerodynamics of the GT fulfill complex requirements. The high-performance vehicle has been developed aerodynamically with one clear objective in mind: high forces must be transferred onto the road without limiting driving dynamics and performance. Thanks to the aerodynamic configuration, critical driving situations can be avoided – such as with a sudden evasive maneuver at high speed.

The design of the front apron with A-wing and front splitter not only increased downforce to a desired level, but also helps route air directly to and from the cooling modules. The flow of cooling air from the aerodynamically shaped brake cooling ducts also specifically improves brake performance.

The design of the extensively encapsulated underfloor guarantees optimum airflow out of the oil cooler in the underfloor area and provides effective airflow for the rear diffuser. As an active component of the aerodynamics, the Mercedes-AMG GT comes with an electronically controlled rear spoiler that is integrated into the design silhouette. Depending on the drive mode, the spoiler extends and retracts at various speeds. In combination with the rear diffuser with no leading edges, the downforce on the rear is maintained in the aerodynamically relevant speed range.

Active and passive safety of the very highest caliber

The brand with the star boasts the hallmark active and passive safety of the very highest caliber. The Mercedes-AMG GT adopts numerous assistance systems that are familiar from the new S-Class. Standard equipment includes COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, ADAPTIVE BRAKE, ATTENTION ASSIST, PARKTRONIC, Rearview Camera, PRE-SAFE® system and the tire pressure monitoring system. Optional extras available include:

? Lane Tracking package including Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist
? Blind Spot Assist

The standard-fit restraint systems not only include three-point seat belts with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, but also front airbags, combined thorax/pelvis sidebags, windowbags and kneebags, for the driver and front passenger respectively.

Interior with outstanding quality and superb everyday practicality

Upon opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen as an animated GT appears on the TFT display in the instrument cluster. The sportily designed instrument cluster in carbon fiber pattern provides information with two classic circular instruments with a in a 2-tube look and a 220 mph speedometer scale. The performance steering wheel with its three-spoke design sits perfectly in the hand: it comes with aluminium shift paddles, 12 o’clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section. The sports seats featuring the AMG logo come in Nappa leather as standard with integral head restraints and provide optimized lateral support when driving dynamically.

The DYNAMIC SELECT Controller, the buttons for the engine start, the 3-stage ESP® and, depending on the equipment, the electronic damper control are located on the left in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The volume control as well as the buttons for the manual transmission drive mode, the ECO start/stop function and, likewise depending on the equipment, the selectable exhaust system are fitted on the right-hand side. The innovative touchpad in the handrest above the COMAND Controller is integrated in front of the E-SELECT selector lever to operate the dual clutch transmission. A free-standing central display is located centrally above the four ventilation outlets. The vehicle comes standard with an 8.4-inch screen with COMAND. Seat heating, PARKTRONIC, hazard warning lights and the optional extendable rear spoiler can all be operated via buttons in the top control panel in the roof frame.

The GT S comes with even more sophisticated equipment and appointments, including:

? Instrument cluster with 220mph speedometer scale and red color highlights
? Performance steering wheel, black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber
? AMG Affalterbach Crest embossed in the center armrest)
? Nappa leather

Trim in matte silver fiberglass or in black diamond

As an alternative to the standard-fit Interior Silver Chrome package, the customer can choose from various other packages. Carbon-fiber trim elements are available in a choice of matte and high-gloss finish. Highlights include the trim in matte silver fiberglass and the Interior Black Diamond package, all offered for the first time. Here the ventilation outlets, the frame of the center console and the trim strips in the door armrests come in a sophisticated high- gloss black finish, with its striking 3D look. The “black diamond” method uses the chemical CVD (chemical vapor deposition) gas phase process to deposit a precious metal on a high-sheen chrome surface at temperatures of 1000°C. The metal reacts with the surface to form a layer that is highly scratch-resistant and has a high adhesive strength.

The superb everyday practicality of the Mercedes-AMG GT is also expressed in the airy feeling of spaciousness. In addition, the good all-round visibility and the high headroom demonstrate that sporty dynamics and comfort on long journeys are not mutually exclusive – not necessarily a given in this segment. A large stowage compartment in the center armrest, a centrally positioned twin cup holder and a large, easily accessible glove compartment are further evidence of the outstanding everyday suitability of the GT. The luggage compartment capacity of 12.4 cu. ft. will hold two golf bags either lengthwises or crosswises. The large decklid makes loading easy and a retractable luggage cover comes as standard. The cross strut made out of aluminium behind the seats prevents luggage from sliding forward as the vehicle brakes and is available in various trims (such as carbon fiber) to match the trim on rest of the interior.

The US will launch first with the 2016 AMG GT S in the spring of 2015. The AMG GT will launch in the following year.

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Meet Germany’s ultra-aerodynamic car from 1939 [w/video]

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By most historical accounts, the period between the first and second world wars was not a great time. Economic collapse, an entire continent in shambles, prohibition and the rise of the Nazis are the prime lowlights of the 1920s and 1930s. But, there was one small ray of excitement in this otherwise depressing time – the automobile industry was in a renaissance.

Manufacturers both large and small were experimenting with designs and technologies that remain influential to this day. But for every Fiat Topolino, Bugatti Type 57 and Duesenberg SJ, there was an innovative or interesting offering that’s been lost to the pages of history. One such car is the German Schlörwagen, an ultra-aerodynamic seven-seater based on a Mercedes-Benz 170H.

At seven feet wide and with a coefficient of drag of just 0.15 (for reference, that’s far more slippery than modern aerodynamic champs like the Toyota Prius or Tesla Model S), the Schlörwagen’s story is fascinating. The key to this sleekness is in the obsessive attention to streamlining the body. Aside from the teardrop shape, the windows are flush with the body, and as shown when a scale model is put in a wind tunnel, air is able to pass over the car with little disruption.

Wired has a great feature on the Schlörwagen, from its birth through to World War II and on to its disappearance, following its acquisition by the British Military Administration. Head over and take a look, or, scroll down for video of the sleek seven-seater’s scale model in the wind tunnel.

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Mercedes-Benz GLK spied with less camouflage

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As development moves forward, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class continues to drop its camouflage. Despite seeing it testing three times now, these are the best shots yet with the least amount obfuscation to give a better idea of its front and rear styling.

These photos plainly show the next GLK’s two-bar grille up front, and the headlights appear to have a boxier interpretation of the ones on the latest C-Class, with which the CUV shares a platform. In profile, you can also make out the diagonal shape of the C-pillar and the blunter styling overall that Mercedes is beginning to use on its latest models. Out back, the taillights seem to have a similar wrap-around design as the latest C-Class Estate.

As before, the GLK carries its modern Mercedes design touches inside, too. Like the latest C-Class, it features a big infotainment screen at the top of the center stack with three vents underneath. You can also just make out the two-pod instrument cluster with an info screen in the center.

Unfortunately, there’s still no word about when the new crossover might debut – or if it will even continue to use the GLK nomenclature – but it certainly looks to be coming along nicely. There’s even a rumor that an AMG version could be on the way for the next gen using Mercedes’ new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8. Check out all of the latest spy shots in the gallery.

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Mercedes-Benz to build new ML coupe-crossover in Alabama in 2015

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Mercedes-Benz will expand its factory in Tuscaloosa, AL, to build the ML Coupe, a new crossover that will join its lineup in 2015. Mercedes will also ramp up production to build facelifted versions of the M-Class and GL-Class SUVs, lifting the factory’s total production capacity to about 300,000 units annually in 2015. It made 185,000 vehicles in 2013. In addition to SUVs, the Tuscaloosa site also currently makes the C-Class sedan and the R-Class crossover, which is sold in international markets.

The plans come as part of Mercedes’ strategy to capitalize on Americans’ increasing demands for SUVs. The company said the utility vehicle market was up 12 percent in first half of 2014, and expects it to grow at twice the rate of the regular market in 2015 and 2016.

“We are seeing climbing demand for SUVs.” – Dieter Zetsche

“We are seeing climbing demand for SUVs,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes parent, Daimler AG.

Mercedes is investing $2.4 billion between 2010-2015 to increase capacity at Tuscaloosa. The expansions make the Alabama site one of the largest Mercedes factories in the world. Nearly half of the cars Mercedes sells in the United States will be produced at Tuscaloosa, said Gareth Joyce, vice president of customer service for Mercedes’ US operations.

The ML Coupe was previewed by a concept at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year. The ML Coupe name isn’t final, Zetsche said. Mercedes is also reportedly set to redo its SUV nomenclature. Without confirming specifics, he said the GLK could become the GLC, though he didn’t give a timeline for the final naming.

“We think it would be more logical to call the GLK the GLC,” he said.

In a wind-ranging interview held on the campus of the Tuscaloosa factory, Zetsche touched on a number of other subjects, as well. Scroll down to read more.


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Daimler’s Tie-Up With Aston Martin

Zetsche said Daimler isn’t interested in expanding its stake in British luxury maker Aston Martin. Daimler has a small stake, about five percent, and sells powertrains and other parts to Aston as part of the agreement.

“There is no plan on our side to increase the stake,” Zetsche said in response to a question by Autoblog. “Of course, we’re interested in the success of Aston Martin.”

He then added, “That’s not a first step, where there is a second or third step.”

Autonomous Driving

“We think this development will go in steps,” Zetsche said, referencing some of the features in the new S-Class. “We don’t think there will be one big step where we erase the steering wheel and the brakes.”

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