The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-Benz' performance division, Mercedes-AMG.
Known also by the codename "C190," the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT is the replacement for the SLS AMG supercar.
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.
The two seater will be available in two trim levels: GT and GT S.
Still as low-slung and wide as ever, the GT builds on the design cues pioneered on the automaker's newest sedans and roadsters.
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.
The new, more curvaceous chassis and long-hooded proportions remind me even more of the classic 300 SL.
The GT's overall design is simpler than the SLS and -- I didn't think it possible -- even more attractive.
The Mercedes-AMG GT retains the front-engine, rear-drive configuration of its predecessors.
Rather than bolting the transmission directly to the engine, the GT uses a rear transaxle setup similar to that of the SLS AMG.
The seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox is mounted side-saddle on the rear axle.
This, along with an engine mounted behind the front axle, affords the GT a rear-biased 47/53 front-to-rear weight distribution.
The engine in question is a newly developed 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8 engine.
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.
The rounded LED headlamps feature stylized daytime running lamp "eyebrows."
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.
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.
The central knob appears to be the COMAND infotainment controller and the eight circular commands flanking it are the AMG Drive Unit controls.
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.
The GT S, which will be released first, is more powerful at 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet.
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.
An electronically retractable rear spoiler rises out of the deck at a predetermined speed and hides away when the vehicle slows or stops.
The GT features a racing-inspired double wishbone suspension at all four corners, with components made of strong, lightweight, forged aluminum.
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.
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.
Lightness was a priority for the 2016 GT. As much of the body and chassis as possible are made out of aluminum.
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."
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.
Optional driver-aid tech includes lane-keeping assist and blind-spot assist.
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.