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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT revealed (pictures)

Mercedes-Benz' AMG high-performance division unveils its second sports car developed entirely in-house -- and it is gorgeous.

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Antuan Goodwin
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The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-Benz' performance division, Mercedes-AMG.

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Known also by the codename "C190," the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is the replacement for the SLS AMG supercar.

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Where the SLS Coupe used gullwing doors, the GT has a pair of conventional doors. The rest of the vehicle, however, is no less exotic than its predecessor.

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The two seater will be available in two trim levels: GT and GT S.

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Still as low-slung and wide as ever, the GT builds on the design cues pioneered on the automaker's newest sedans and roadsters.

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The GT will inevitably be compared to the Porsche 911, so it's just a tad tragic that the rear end reminds me more than a bit of the Porsche.

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The new, more curvaceous chassis and long-hooded proportions remind me even more of the classic 300 SL.

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The GT's overall design is simpler than the SLS and -- I didn't think it possible -- even more attractive.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT retains the front-engine, rear-drive configuration of its predecessors.

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Rather than bolting the transmission directly to the engine, the GT uses a rear transaxle setup similar to that of the SLS AMG.

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The seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox is mounted side-saddle on the rear axle.

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This, along with an engine mounted behind the front axle, affords the GT a rear-biased 47/53 front-to-rear weight distribution.

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The engine in question is a newly developed 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8 engine.

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Rather than hanging the turbos off of the sides of the engine, Mercedes-AMG tucks them into the center of the cylinders' "V." This allows the engine to be more compact and perform more efficiently.

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The rounded LED headlamps feature stylized daytime running lamp "eyebrows."

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The interior is designed around a central "aviation design" theme, which places extreme emphasis on the width of car via the width of the dashboard.

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The center console is beautifully designed with metal and glossy bits as far as the eye can see and a shape reminiscent of a racing NACA air intake. I'm concerned, however, by the complicated-looking bunch of knobs and buttons.

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The central knob appears to be the COMAND infotainment controller and the eight circular commands flanking it are the AMG Drive Unit controls.

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The GT and GT S feature the same engine, but different tunes. The GT is good for 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

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The GT S, which will be released first, is more powerful at 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet.

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Top speed for the GT and GT S are 189 and 193 mph, respectively. Zero to 60 mph happens in just 3.9 or 3.7 seconds.

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An electronically retractable rear spoiler rises out of the deck at a predetermined speed and hides away when the vehicle slows or stops.

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The GT features a racing-inspired double wishbone suspension at all four corners, with components made of strong, lightweight, forged aluminum.

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The coupe is also available with electronically controlled damping at the GT S trim level, which allows the driver to adjust the ride characteristics from Comfort to Sport to Sport Plus with the touch of a button.

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An optional AMG Dynamic Plus package for the GT S also adds dynamic engine and transmission mounts that are soft when a comfortable, smooth ride is desired, but firm when called upon for the sharpest performance.

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Lightness was a priority for the 2016 GT. As much of the body and chassis as possible are made out of aluminum.

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Practicality is never a high priority for sports coupes, but Mercedes-AMG claims that the "luggage compartment capacity of 12.4 cubic feet will hold two golf bags either lengthwise or crosswise."

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The Mercedes-AMG GT comes standard with collision-prevention automatic braking, the automaker's Attention Assist system, Parktronic proximity sensors, and a rear camera. Not a bad safety tech loadout.

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Optional driver-aid tech includes lane-keeping assist and blind-spot assist.

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

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