More powerful and lighter Mercedes-AMG GT in making: Tobias Moers, AMG Head

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AMG Head Tobias Moers has confirmed that the German car major is working on a more powerful street legal version of the Mercedes-AMG GT. The upcoming, ultra-high performance Mercedes-AMG GT will compete against the Porsche 911 GT3 and is expected to arrive at the showrooms by late 2016 or early 2017.

The current Mercedes-AMG GT is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 510hp of power. The upcoming variant is expected to put out about 550hp. The new variant is also likely to be 80-100kgs lighter than the current version giving it a better power-to-weight ratio. The naught to 100 kph speed is also expected to improve but the top end is still likely to remain at 310kph.

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Speaking about the car, Moers said, “I don’t want to make a dragster that’s only good for doing 0-100km/h [0-62mph] in 2.8sec. We need more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel.”

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Source: AutoCar UK

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