German-based automaker Mercedes-Benz and its AMG subsidiary have officially revealed the second-generation 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe. Upon debut, the all-new flagship will serve as a rival to the mid-engined C8 Corvette.
Based on the same platform as the new Mercedes-AMG SL, the 2024 GT Coupe will be available with one of two powertrain configurations at launch, including a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 gasoline engine rated at 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 gasoline engine rated at 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Output will be routed to all four wheels as standard through a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In regard to the exterior design, Mercedes-Benz claims to have placed a large emphasis on active aerodynamics with a focus on efficiency. To this end, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is highlighted by a two-piece, active air control system. The first piece operates with vertical louvers that are hidden behind the lower air intake in the front fascia, while the second part is located behind the upper air intake and has horizontal louvers. Depending on driving circumstances, the louvers will open and close to match the vehicle’s aerodynamic demands.
Moving to the interior, the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe features a driver-focused cabin, along with an 11.9-inch multimedia touchscreen and a 12.3-inch driver display. In addition, a suite of vehicle modes allow the driver to customize the settings of their sports car.
For the second-gen GT Coupe, there are two rear seats for increased passenger capacity, whereas the first-gen model was a two-seater only.
“The new AMG GT Coupe combines highly dynamic driving characteristics and distinctive sportiness with a high level of everyday comfort,” Mercedes‑AMG GmbH Chairman of the Management Board and Mercedes‑Benz G‑Class & Mercedes‑Maybach Head of Business Michael Schiebe said in a prepared statement. “Our new GT is clearly the top-of-the-line product in our diversified portfolio and is therefore not only AMG’s youngest brand shaper, but also a clear commitment to the sports car made in Affalterbach. With the new dimensional concept and optional 2+2 seats, we are directly responding to the wishes of our customers.”
Notably, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is currently scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealers in the first half of the 2024 calendar year.
As previously mentioned, this all-new GT Coupe will compete with the C8 Corvette in the sports car segment. However, it’s worth noting that the Vette is a mid-engined platform, while the GT Coupe is still a front-engined vehicle, making for a bit of an uneven comparison.
Speaking of uneven comparisons, the C8 Corvette drastically outsold the first-gen GT Coupe over the course of Q2 2022, claiming 57 percent of the market share as compared to the Merc’s meager four percent.
As a reminder, each of the upcoming 2024 Corvette variants feature a unique powertrain configuration, as the 2024 Stingray is powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Meanwhile, the 2024 Z06 features the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, rated at 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the 2024 E-Ray combines the aforementioned LT2 engine with an electric motor on the front axle to bring total output up to 655 horsepower.
In regard to structure, all C8 Corvette models ride on the GM Y2 platform, while production for the 2024 model year will kick off on September 5th, 2023 exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.