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Mercedes-Benz GT AMG ‘SLC’ details emerge

More details have come through on the new Mercedes-Benz GT AMG, which is in the final stages of testing ahead of its reveal at the German Grand Prix in July 2014. Previously tipped to be called SLC, the GT is set to become the replacement for the current SLS ‘Gullwing’, featuring a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with around 367kW.

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Earlier this year we posted a video and spy pics of the GT, which revealed it had smaller dimensions than the outgoing SLS. The smaller, tighter proportions will make it a more worthy rival for vehicles like the Porsche 911.

Figures previously revealed have put the GT’s length at 4500mm, which means it would be about 140mm shorter than the SLS. Width and height however come close to the SLS at 1939mm and 1287mm, respectively.  It will come with 19-inch wheels as standard, shod in 265/35 front and 295/30 rear tyres.

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Although no straight-line performance figures have been certified, Mercedes-Benz sources have hinted at a 0-100km/h time of “well under 4.0 seconds” and a top speed “above 300km/h”. At the same time, they claim the new two-seater will return combined-cycle fuel consumption of “close to 9.4L/100km”.

Major differences between the GT and its predecessor include the removal of the gullwing doors, a liftback-style rear hatch and the 4.0-litre twin-turbo powerplant, which replaces the monster 6.2-litre V8.

The much-hyped GT is expected to hit Australian showrooms in 2015, priced at around $350,000-$400,000.

Sean specialises in news and road testing. He's a passionate journalist and currently works for a Sydney metro newspaper. Sean is also a car fanatic at heart and dreads the day Aussie car manufacturing comes to an end.