MEET the new star atop the Mercedes tree: the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
While SLS production is confined to the history books, this is Mercedes playing in the more affordable two-seater sports car genre.
Starting from $295,000, it's a fair step down from the SLS which retailed at $467,500, but the newcomer loses in the performance realm.
They share the same 0-100kmh sprint time of 3.8 seconds, and some underpinnings, but this new GT gets the job done with a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo rather than the SLS's 6.3-litre V8.
And we were given a quick spin around Norwell Park Raceway for a brief taste of what it can do...
Model: Mercedes-AMG GT S.
Details: Two-door two-seat front mid-engine performance sports car.
Engine: 4.0-litre V8 biturbo generating maximum power of 375kW @ 6250rpm and peak torque of 650Nm @ 1750-4750rpm.
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Consumption: 9.4 litres/100km (combined average).
Performance: 0-100kmh in 3.8 seconds; top speed 310kmh.
Bottom line plus on-roads: $295,000, Edition 1 $314,900.
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