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    This caught my eye today.....

    MB have confirmed an open top version of the new AMG-GT. Could be the rather fun new Z8 alternative for all those keen to modernize, and stay in warranty.
         
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    Z8 Ate My Homework! Norcal's Avatar
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    Wow, that is very z8ee, and really very attractive. The butt is a bit high, but that is for the folding roof.

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    If it only came in a manual....

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    And here it is at the 'ring, sounding very sporty indeed....

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    Good looking car in these pics. Agree with Norcal...very Z8ee. Nice!
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    Missed you in Monterey terry!

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    Yeah Terry, what the heck happened? We missed you!
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    Thanks guys, sorry! I missed seeing you guys too. Between work, family, etc., this entire year has kept me out of any of the FUN things. It's all good, but I hope to fix those pesky interferences (like WORK) before the end of this year. Earlier in the year I thought it was going to work out but timing just didn't work out.
    At least I can take solice in the fact that all attendees had a great time so I'm happy another Z8 group got together for such an epic event.
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    A couple of other shots released by MB

    From the rear it look Z8-like, the front not so much

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    My Best,

    Ed

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    I confess I really do want one!
    Andrew Macpherson

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    That grille is a deal-breaker for me. Reminds me of a 1953 Buick!

    Bill

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    Agreed, such a shame they made it so ugly, the prototype looked so much better with the other grille.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boomster View Post
    That grille is a deal-breaker for me. Reminds me of a 1953 Buick!

    Bill
    Bill, I agree, poor decision. Maybe its up in the air still. My vote is for the prior shots.
    Like Mac, I love my SL55 and if this car is like the SL but handles better, weighs less etc, it will be a winner.
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    I found myself parked next to a coupe a few weeks ago...
         

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    I'm headed down to Laguna Seca today for an AMG Private Lounge sponsored event that includes a display of the AMG GTR that some of us saw last month at The Quail event. I'm curious to see what other AMG vehicles will be there including this soon to be released AMG GTC roadster. The only downside for me is I'll miss the Danville Concours event also scheduled for today.

    Schedule of Events
    3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Group A Presentation - The AMG Brand
    3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Group B Presentation - Technical Discussion and AMG Walk Around
    4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Group A Presentation - Technical Discussion and AMG Walk Around
    4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Group B Presentation - The AMG Brand
    5:00 PM - Group Picture
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Autocross
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Hot Laps
    7:00 PM Departures
    My Best,

    Ed

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    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    Sounds awesome, please post some pix! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    Sounds awesome, please post some pix! :-)
    As requested. This was my first AMG Private Lounge event that allows Mercedes to reach out to current and past AMG owners about its product line. Mercedes also showcases its products on the racetrack at these gatherings. What did I learn?

    • ALL AMG vehicles will adopt the vertical grille of the GTR to differentiate these cars from their lesser Mercedes Benz siblings. This grille is done to commemorate the 1953 300SL gullwing at the Carrera Panamericana race.
    • AMG, which was acquired by MB in 2005, will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2017. Of course I mentioned the Z8s at The Quail as part of BMW's 100-year anniversary to the US marketing head of AMG as a benchmarking exercise.
    • I received a bag of AMG goodies including a hat, polo shirt, stickers, and money clip


    The star of the afternoon, one of three AMG GTR currently built. This green color is unique to the GTR, but all other GT colors will also be available on this model.
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    Ceramic vs. steel brake disks. Ceramic is 40% lighter
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    In front of this crowd is the 2017 AMG C63S
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    AMG now places the turbos above the intake manifold to minimize lag
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    I asked a couple of questions during the GTR presentation and was rewarded by being one of the few participants to hot lap in an AMG SLS Black Series with a real driver.
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    Best feeling? Still wanting to drive your own car home more than anything else you saw that day.
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    My Best,

    Ed

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    Nice story, shame about the ugly grill, that really makes Porsche's offerings more attractive.
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    Not so sure I mind the vertical grill? I only wish they made it in a manual! As I haven't gone to the the flappy-paddle dark side yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norcal View Post
    Not so sure I mind the vertical grill? I only wish they made it in a manual! As I haven't gone to the the flappy-paddle dark side yet.
    I'm actually starting to like the grille design on the GT-R because it is so distinct on this car. For the DCT, I miss the manual shifting when entering and exiting a curve, but even on my older SLS there are so many other visceral experiences with the car; the engine noise, the immediacy DCT of shifting, the explosiveness of acceleration; I don't miss the MT too much in this car. With that said, its nice to have the Z8 to row through the gears.
    My Best,

    Ed

    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    I recently learned that dealers now have the 2018 model year ordering information for the roadster and for the GTR. No prices were shown at this time.
    My Best,

    Ed

    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    First write up I've seen on the roadster on the road, albeit driven by AMG's CEO. What do you think?
    http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ro...D23FBF1320D4AA
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    Ed

    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    It sounds intriguing for sure, all that reading about the open roads in Nevada makes me miss my Z8, and the drives we did out there.
    Andrew Macpherson

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