PARIS—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.
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.
“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.
An all-new AMG 4.0-litre 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, which AMG says is 30 miles per gallon.