- Tough rivals
- Some interior quality
The stunning machine you see before you is the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT.
There are two versions on offer – the ‘regular’ GT and the hotter GT S.
Big engine, big power
The basic recipe looks great. Power comes from a 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine. It develops 456bhp and 600Nm of torque in its lower GT state of tune, which means 0-62mph flashes by in four seconds flat. This version is electronically limited to 189mph.
If that’s not enough, the GT S uses the same engine turned up to 503bhp and 650Nm. That means 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed limited to 193mph.
Basically, this is one seriously fast car.
Focus on handling
For optimum handling balance the engine is situated behind the front axle, which technically makes it a mid-engine configuration. The weight distribution is ever-so slightly rearward-balanced since at the rear of the car is the seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox, which sends power through to the rear wheels only.
Making sure all the grunt gets down to the tarmac there’s a locking rear differential to ensure stable, predictable cornering and a three-stage stability control system which allows for varying levels of wheelspin before electronic intervention.
Mercedes promises a highly sophisticated suspension set-up derived from motorsport and – as is de rigeur these days – adaptive dynamics so you can instantly tweak the car’s characteristics to your requirements. It’s called AMG DYNAMIC SELECT and gives you the option of ‘Controlled Efficiency’, ‘Sport’, ‘Sport+’ and ‘Individual’. There’s also a ‘Manual’ function for the gearbox which allows the driver full control using the paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
Upgrading to the GT S
Customers plumping for the top-spec GT S model get their fair share of extra kit. The alloy wheels are slightly wider at the front and one inch bigger at the rear, measuring a huge 20 inches in diameter.
There’s an electronically controlled differential for more accurate cornering, adaptive suspension to tune the car’s character more specifically to the task in hand and larger brakes. The brake calipers have red lettering on the GT S, and the other way to spot one is the black front spoiler; it’s body-coloured on the GT.
Optional extras are very much on the menu too – there’s an AMG DYNAMIC PACKAGE which includes variable engine damping, for instance. This offers the ultimate dynamic performance as the car can effectively hold on tighter to its engine and gearbox when cornering hard, but then can ‘loosen up’ when driving normally which means the car is less rigid and thus more comfortable.
Mercedes is well-known as a firm on the forefront of safety technology and the AMG GT is no exception to the rule. Featured as standard are collision prevention assist, adaptive braking, attention assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Optional safety kit includes adaptive high beam headlights, parking sensors, a parking camera, lane-keeping and blind spot warning systems and a traffic sign recognition system.
The cabin itself features a wide central console, but it isn’t cluttered. Rather there are selected buttons situated on the roof like an aircraft. The multimedia system is familiar from other Mercedes products and is based around the COMAND system, using an 8.3-inch screen to display the necessary parameters.
You also get sports seats and a sports steering wheel with a flat bottom. The paddles for shifting gears are made from aluminium too, just to remind you this is a premium product. You’ll notice a liberal smattering of AMG badges for the same reason.
Read the rest of the Mercedes-AMG GT review to find out if it’s done enough to worry the 911 or F-Type.