Mercedes-Benz has launched its latest supercar, the AMG GT. The release occurred at Affalterbach in Germany and, after months of speculation, the world can finally see what this new vehicle is all about. To make things even more interesting, we have done a quick comparison between the Mercedes-AMG GT and some of its most ferocious rivals ——— the Porsche 911, the Audi R8 and the Nissan GT-R.
Mercedes-AMG have equipped their new vehicle with brand new 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine that belts out a whopping 510 hp. The hand-crafted engine itself is the fruit of some ultra high tech engineering which has resulted in changes like harder cylinder bore walls, zirconium alloy cylinder heads and the turbochargers being located inside the cylinder banks rather than outside it. This accounts for a more compact engine and lower emissions.
To prove its mettle, the Mercedes-AMG GT will have to battle against what is widely regarded as the benchmark for all sportscars ——— the Porsche 911. The base version of this car is driven by a 3.4 litre engine that delivers 350 hp and the higher Carrera S variant has a 3.8 litre, 400 hp engine at the back. The range topping Porsche 911 Turbo S has a 3.8 litre, 6 cylinder engine tuned to develop a stratospheric 560 bhp. The Carrera S variant can do the 0-100kph dash in 4.1 seconds flat with the Sport Chrono Pack installed. Porsche has had a lot of time to refine this car with each evolutionary step. Despite its unconventional rear engine-rear wheel drive layout, as far as driving dynamics are concerned, most driving enthusiasts would agree that there is no other car that can beat it.
Another German to compete with the new Merc-AMG GT is the Audi R8. This is the best performing vehicle in the whole of Audi———s vast fleet and not without good reason. Powered either by a 4.2 litre V8 engine that puts out 423 bhp or a massive 5.2 litre V10 engine that develops an even more awesome 518 bhp, the Audi R8 can really put up an impressive show on the road. With its LED headlamps and tail lamp clusters, the metallic side blades and its engine that is visible through a transparent cover, the Audi R8 oozes presence wherever you take it. If you want to feel like Iron Man himself, this is the car to own!
From halfway across the planet, we have one more rival for the Mercedes-AMG GT in the form of the Nissan GT-R. When Nissan first released this car, it seemed to all of us that it was from a time yet to come. The car was built in hermetically sealed chambers to prevent components from microscopically expanding or contracting, the tyres were pumped full of pure nitrogen than normal air, each transmission was built tailored to function with the car it would be fitted in and so on. The engine itself is a 3.8 litre, twin turbocharged V6 unit that produces 545 hp and it is mated to 6 speed, dual clutch transmission. The result is a car that can launch off the line like a dragster and, in capable hands, be driven like a missile.