The Class of 2014
Got your diary handy? Because this year is going to be very busy indeed... everything from LaFerrari to tiny superminis
Posted: 02 Jan 2014
Mercedes Benz GT (TG render)
What is it? Very basically, it's the car that Mercedes-Benz hopes will finally take on Porsche's 911, a front-engined sports car nestled beneath the now-defunct SLS. Consequently the relatively little (1,550kg) composite and aluminium Merc - rumoured to be called simply GT - is roughly 911-sized. It's also quite a lot smaller and more conventionally proportioned than the SLS, and features front-hinged doors rather than showy gullwings, though with a similar aluminium spaceframe underneath. The good news is that it's definitely a Merc, keeping some of those long-bonnet/cab-rear styling cues, and the little pop-up rear spoiler from the big brother, but in the flesh will look quite different. Powered by a 493bhp, 480lb ft bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8, there'll be no lack of pace, and though only rear-wheel drive, expect it to be able to keep up with a 911 Turbo. In the dry, at least. Still blistering, though.
Should I be interested? Indubitably. This new engine will be deployed in the new C63 saloon and wagon later in the year and is essentially a shared architecture with the rorty 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo in the A45 AMG. So it won't be lacking in attitude. There'll also be smaller-engined versions later in the car's life, undercutting this range-topper's mooted £100k price tag.