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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/12/2014 Karla Sanchez

Mercedes has made it very clear that the all-new 2016 AMG GT supercar is not a direct replacement for the SLS AMG GT, but rather an evolution of that car and its sports car mission. Still, that doesn't mean we can't draw our own comparisons between the two, at least visually. Below, we take a closer look at the styling differences between the Mercedes-AMG GT and the SLS AMG GT.

The SLS' long hood has carried over to the GT, but its face looks different thanks to the lower air dams and headlight units that are sculpted around the wide-mouthed grille. If the front grille looks familiar, that's because it uses the same diamond grille pattern that first debuted on the CLA-Class. The changes made to the AMG GT's mug make the overall front end look more cohesive compared to the SLS.

Conventional front-hinged doors are now used in place of the gullwing doors, which have been an SLS coupe staple since the supercar first came to market. The deletion of the wide gullwing doors has allowed the addition of a rear-quarter window, giving the GT a more balanced-looking profile since it helps the roofline appear to flow more smoothly into the rear end. These changes make the AMG GT look more like a fastback from the side, especially since it has a much healthier-looking rear end. There's more to love about the AMG GT's bigger behind and wide haunches, but we can't help seeing a Porsche when we look at it from behind. Making the rear look even bigger are slimmer taillights that wrap around the outer edges of the rear.

Inside, eight buttons and knobs arranged on the center console to mimic the engine's cylinder layout. The center console also appears to be more driver-oriented since it's raised, and although the AMG-GT keeps the circular HVAC vents, they've been rearranged, with four round units separating the display screen from the center stack.

What do you think of the Mercedes-AMG GT? Do you think its design improves on that of the beloved SLS AMG GT? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week, we evaluated the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's new design, which appeared to be very easy on several readers' eyes.

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"Refreshing. I've always been a fan of the Miata but this one looks like it might just be able to make me smile when I walk through the garage not just when I'm driving it," said myopinionisbetter.

CarNut2014 agreed, saying, "Refreshing. They could have played it safe and stayed very evolutionary. But they took a number of risks and for the most part it pays off. "

Although some readers thought the Miata was refreshing overall, they weren't too crazy about a certain element, like dfschim, who didn't like the car's rear. "Everything is refreshing except the taillights."

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