Mercedes-Benz and its in-house performance division AMG yesterday unveiled their all-new answer to the Porsche 911, the AMG GT. The two-seat sportscar is powered by a 462 horsepower twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 189 mph. Cadillac has already said it won’t go product-for product with the Germans, but should they take a swing at the AMG GT?
The AMG GT was developed entirely in-house by AMG, Mercedes’ performance wing. Despite that long hood, the car is actually rather small and undercuts the SLS AMG in the Mercedes lineup. Motor Trend reported a replacement for the XLR is on the way, so a Cadillac AMG GT rival would have to ride on a chassis smaller than the Corvette’s to make sense in the Cadillac portfolio.
Then there’s the question of the engine. The same 4.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the Elmiraj concept seems like the most viable option, however we think the 420 horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged LF3 V6 from the Cadillac CTS Vsport could easily be tuned up to match the AMG GT’s 462 horsepower. A rumored AMG GT S is also on its way with 510 horsepower, which may require the power of eight cylinders to top.
There’s no doubt Cadillac has the hardware to build a mid-size sportscar to face-off with the AMG GT, but do they really need it? No other German manufacturer really makes a smaller GT car quite like the AMG GT and you could even argue that customers would cross shop the car with a C7 Corvette Z06, so really General Motors may already have an answer to the car. On the other hand, the Cadillac would be more of a GT-car and less of a supercar like the Z06. So do they have a case for building one? Let us know in the comments.