Mercedes may have just given us an early look at the new AMG GT.
Next year, the Mercedes-AMG GT will bow out with the new Black Series, but we already know that the development of its successor is already underway. The current GT has been in production since 2015, so the AMG sports car could do with an update to fight the new Porsche 911.
No spy shots of the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GT being tested have emerged online yet, but the performance division may have just subtly teased the new GT in a video showing Lewis Hamilton's recent visit to the Mercedes-Benz design center in Sindelfingen, Germany.
In the video, Hamilton gets up close and personal with the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept. However, 35 seconds into the video, the focus turns to a mysterious clay model of a two-door coupe. Could this be our first look at the design of the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GT?
The clay model boasts sleek proportions with muscular fenders and an aggressive front-end design inspired by the Mercedes-AMG One, so future AMG models could potentially share design cues with the automaker's flagship hypercar. It certainly looks like an evolution of the current GT. Mercedes-Benz hasn't confirmed what the clay model is, but a user left a comment on YouTube asking if the German automaker was teasing the future AMG GT. "We'll have to see what future is waiting for us," Mercedes-Benz teased in response.
A recent report claimed the second-generation GT will retain the current model's twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, which will be paired with a new mild-hybrid system, while the transaxle is reportedly being re-engineered to accommodate a fully variable four-wheel-drive system in some models.
The current AMG GT R offers 577 hp, but these enhancements are expected to increase the power and torque to 650 hp and up to 700 lb-ft in the all-new model. Mercedes-AMG hasn't confirmed when we can expect the new GT to debut, but it's expected to arrive in 2021.