The GT S is the second car developed completely in-house at AMG in Affalterbach, following the SLS AMG, and it’s the company’s latest supercar. The GT is a front mid-engine design centered around its biturbo 4.0 liter V8 engine which produces 456 horsepower, with the GT S version outputting 503 horsepower. Mercedes says it hits 60 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 193 mph.
BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
Both supercars come with an exciting exterior design, easily recognizable and admired.
BMW i8: From $299,000 plus on-road costs. 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo/electric motor; 266kW/570Nm; six-speed automatic; 2.1 liters per 100km; AWD.
Mercedes AMG GT S: From $295,000 plus on-road costs. 4.0-litre V8, twin turbochargers; 375kW/650Nm; 7-speed dual-clutch, 9.4 liters per 100km; RWD.
The Aussies looked at the two cars from a value, design and driving dynamics perspective, and here is what they concluded.
BMW: Very probably the future of high performance cars and proof that the hybrid is more than the stop-gap many thought it would be.
AMG: Big, brawny, take-no-prisoners coupe that stirs the soul. Doesn’t feel like a science experiment which, at this money, is crucial.
Here is the full review here.