Starting from $295,000, this is the new Mercedes-AMG GT S.
Starting from $295,000, this is the new Mercedes-AMG GT S.

Mercedes-AMG GT S starts from $295,000

IT'S breathtaking, fast and it's a bargain.

Starting from $295,000, the new 375kW Mercedes-AMG GT S is the latest halo offering from the three-pointed star.

That may not sound like light change, but the former gullwing SLS AMG (which finished production last year) had a retail price of $467,500.

Although the GT is a step up from the $250=$270k originally estimated…Mercedes says that's because we're only taking the uprated 'S' derivative. The base GT generates only 340kW.

And whether it's regarded as a true bargain may come down to your value definition. The Porsche 911 GT3 is $293,600 and is quicker from 0-100km (3.5 seconds). 

The SLS and GT S pair share the same 0-100kmh sprint time of 3.8 seconds, but this new GT gets the job done with a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo rather than the SLS's 6.3-litre V8.

Deliveries will start in Australia from July.

But Mercedes is quick to point out that the GT is a standalone car - not a successor.

For starters, the GT has conventional hinged doors unlike the gullwing openings featured on the SLS.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S has 47% front and 53% rear weight distribution, with a front mid-engine layout.

Benz claims this is the first sports car with an engine of its kind - it has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration, known as a 'hot inside V'.

"The benefits are a compact engine design, 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 centre of gravity closer to the road and forming the basis for high lateral acceleration," Mercedes says.

For an extra $19,900 you can get the Edition 1 pack, which come with an aerodynamic package in black with a larger front splitter, along with a range of other features in black like the diamond grille, fins in the grille, exterior mirror housings and tail pipes, while it also has a carbon fibre roof and 10-spoke alloys (you guessed it, in black).

That dark theme continues inside with red stitching on the black performance seats, along with "Edition 1" on the colour-coded steering wheel.

The standard brake set-up features floating alloy/cast iron 390mm front discs and 360mm rears, but AMG also offers gigantic 402mm/360mm carbon brake discs as an option.

Mercedes won't talk numbers, but say the initial allocation of GTs have all been bought.

The wraps were taken off the GT S at Australia's first new AMG Performance Centre in Brisbane on Thursday night.

It's the first of 12 Australian centres to be featured Down Under, and follows the brand's expansion since 2008. There are now 400 of these centres around the world.

They are not modification shops, where you can soup-up the vehicles. AMG says its vehicles are already at the limit. It's designed for buyers to "explore what AMG is all about".

Among the first expected to open dedicated AMG sections this year within dealerships are Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. 

Opened by AMG CEO Tobias Moers, the plush facilities enable buyers to get a taste of the brand's racing heritage, analyse models, and investigate bespoke models with varying internal and external trim options.

The two-level Brisbane centre sits in Fortitude Valley and, like the cars, features lavish finishes. There is historical information adorning the walls and examples of leather trims, external colours and cabin inserts.

Vital statistics

Model: Mercedes-AMG GT S.

Details: Two-door two-seat front mid-engine performance sports car.

Engine: 4.0-litre V8 biturbo generating maximum power of 375kW @ 6250rpm and peak torque of 650Nm @ 1750-4750rpm.

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Consumption: 9.4 litres/100km (combined average).

CO2: 219g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 3.8 seconds; top speed 310kmh.

Bottom line plus on-roads: $295,000, Edition 1 $314,900.

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