End of the line? Mercedes-AMG to end production on GT sports car - report

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• A recent report suggests that AMG GT production will end this year.

• The GT sports car is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine.

• The GT Black Series is the most recent model to join the GT family.

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Change is inevitable - that much is true. But so is engine downsizing and the replacement of model ranges.

Mercedes-AMG is quite known for the brawny V8 engines they produce, and one of the more popular cars that have proudly carried said engine was the GT. And we say 'was' because a recent report by Motor.es suggests that the car would soon be discontinued.

The GT was first shown in 2014, followed by an official sales date in 2015. The GT Coupé, the first car, was later joined by the GT C Roadster, GT R, and GT R Pro. One of the more exciting additions to the GT family was the GT 63 S 4Matic 4-Door. Here, the bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine has been tuned to deliver 470kW and 900Nm of torque.

And though the GT family has impressive, addictive driving traits, even it can't escape the inevitable fate of being replaced.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door

The GT's future

According to Motor.es, the order books for the AMG GT were closed at the start of October 2021, with the last few models to roll off the production line in December 2021. Each with their own distinct personality and character, these sports cars have done duty for the last six years, with their time, inevitably, coming to an end.

It is rumoured that the remaining model from the ceasing will be the GT 4-Door. In addition to the GT 63 S, the 4-Door line-up also includes the GT 53 4Matic. The car's turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine produces 320kW/520Nm and is linked to an onboard plug-in hybrid system. Mercedes-AMG also recently introduced its new GT 63 SE to slot in above the 'standard' GT 63. To achieve the near-630kW power output, the GT 63 SE's engine is mated to an electric motor that develops around 150kW. This motor is positioned on the rear axle and is driven by a two-speed gearbox.

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The addition of the GT 63 SE to the range signals Mercedes-AMG's intent on its future products. With electrification being implemented, the transition to e-mobility can be smoother and gradual.

However, the GT Coupé and Roadster are not entirely dead as the automaker will be revealing its all-new AMG-developed SL. The SL will be available in both Coupé and Roadster form.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

GT Black Series

The GT story has been dealt another chapter with the debut of the GT Black Series. Implementing the same V8 engine as its siblings, power has been increased to a mammoth 537kW and 800Nm of torque. Oh, did we say that all that power is sent to the rear wheels? The Black Series redlines at 7 200rpm, with the full gallop of power available between 6 700 - 6 900rpm.

According to Mercedes-AMG, 0-100km/h is cleared in 3.1 seconds, 0-200km/h in less than nine seconds, with the top speed rated at over 325km/h.

The GT Black Series will only be produced in limited numbers, with South Africa also receiving its allocation.

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