Oct 3, 2014 11:26 AM

Mercedes-AMG GT S will take on Porsche, Jaguar

The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) If there's one car that can challenge Lamborghini for drawing gaping crowds at this year's Paris Motor Show, it's the AMG GT S on display at Mercedes' stand.

The bright yellow sports car from Mercedes' performance division screams speed. It's also just the second sports car developed entirely in-house by AMG, which aims to compete in the same class as the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type.

INSIDE: AMG designers have gone with an "aviation" theme for the GT's cabin. The spacious interior features a wing-like dashboard. Leather seats are accented by several trim options including silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond and matte silver fiberglass.

OUTSIDE: "Muscular" and "dramatic" are the two words that AMG uses to describe its new sports car, and they are apt. A gracefully arched roof line and frameless doors, matched with sculpted tapering side walls make the AGM GT look fast even when parked.

UNDER THE HOOD: An all-new AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission delivers 510 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time clocked at 3.7 seconds. AMG says it's the world's first sports car engine with the turbos inside the V of the engine, which makes for a more compact engine and improves throttle response and fuel economy, AMG says.

GAS MILEAGE: 30 miles per gallon advertised.

CHEERS: The elegant-yet-muscular racecar looks.

JEERS: None.


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