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TOTD: Is the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT a Porsche 911-Beater?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/11/2014 Jason Udy

The first official details of Mercedes-Benz' new Porsche 911-fighter were revealed this week. As an indirect replacement for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar, the all-new -- and more affordable -- Mercedes-AMG GT is aimed squarely at the Porsche 911. We want to know if you think the latest from Affalterbach has what it takes to challenge Stuttgart’s iconic sports car.

2016 Mercedes AMG GT© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes AMG GT

A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 powers all Mercedes-AMG GT variants, cranking out 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque in the standard AMG GT, and 503 hp and 479 lb-ft in the GT S. That places them roughly in the territory of the higher-spec 911 models including the 911 Turbo and rumored GTS. The 911 Turbo is powered by a 520-hp twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six, while the 911 Turbo S ups output to 560 hp. We've heard that a GTS model could be on the way, bringing with it a host of mid-cycle updates. The previous 997-generation GTS made 408 hp, so you can likely expect more from the 991 (or possibly even 992) version. A special 50th Anniversary edition offered only this year made 430 hp.

Where the Porsche 911 features a rear-engine setup, the Mercedes-AMG GT utilizes a front-mid-engine design. The AMG GT is rear-drive only, sending power to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle. The 911, on the other hand, can be had in rear- or all-wheel drive. The Carrera and Carrera S are available in either drive layout, while the Turbo and Turbo S models come standard with all-wheel drive. The 50th Anniversary and GT3 models are rear-drive only.

On paper, the two coupes are clearly very different, but which one do you think will be the better car? Do you think the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT can dethrone the iconic Porsche 911? Share your thoughts on today’s Thread of the Day here.

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