The Mercedes AMG GT is a joy to drive both on the track as well as on the open road. The V8 GT coupe isn't just a pure sports car with performance seats and lane tracking but it's a luxury car. No matter if it's your date that you are trying to impress or if you are treating yourself to a road trip, the AMG GT S is the right vehicle. The performance headlamps pave the way to making driving a joy, bringing an inevitable smile to your face. So don't hesitate and jump into the cockpit and feel the V8 engine come to life.
Across the range, Mercedes AMG GT performance is impressive. Whatever the variant or body form—sports coupe or roadster—all vehicles share the same impressive twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8.
Occupying a sweet spot in the range, the GT S Edition 1 has 502 bhp and increased torque of 650Nm. As with all AMG GT models, the Edition 1 has a monstrous power band within which to make use of all this energy. All of which means 0-60mph is reached in just 3.7 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 193mph.
Helping to manage all of this power is the familiar seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The gearbox can be adjusted to suit the situation via the AMG Dynamic Select system which provides a range of settings: Comfort mode, Sport, Sport + and Race, which is only available from GT S upwards. These settings adapt engine and transmission responsiveness, steering characteristics and suspension settings, delivering a variety of performance dynamics. Because dynamism is what the AMG GT S is all about.
Mercedes-AMG GT S Edition 1 handling is simply incredible. Body-roll is non-existent, with the AMG GT feeling more responsive and nimble than its size and weight should allow. Because of that heftiness, it’s planted, with supreme grip levels ever present and flawless weight distribution to boot. Perfectly balanced, the engine is set back behind the front axle in a mid-engine configuration. Stability is assured thanks to a locking rear differential, three-stage electronic stability control system and carbon ceramic brakes. It's the perfect vehicle to give you that peace of mind when attacking corners.
Let it rip and the AMG GT S has another side, away from precision engineering and performance. Keep the hand-built V8 going past 5,000rpm and your bravery will be rewarded with one of the best sounds in motoring; an unsynthesised, old-school V8 rumble that is joined by a cacophony of pops and bangs from the dual exhausts when you lift off the throttle. Turn off the stability aides and the AMG GT S transforms into a tail happy, tyre-smoking beast.
With a bonnet that seems to stretch out forever and more than a faint air of menace, the AMG GT has a classic muscle-car feel about it. A quick glance is enough to tell you this car means business. And Edition 1 gets some additional external elements that let you know, that that business is serious business.
For aerodynamic purposes, there’s a large fixed rear spoiler, compared to the retractable version on a standard GT S, an expanded front air splitter, extensions for the rocker panels and front wheel-arches and black trim on the side sill panels. For aesthetic purposes, you’ll find a carbon fibre roof, ten-spoke alloy wheels, Nappa leather heated seats and Dinamica AMG fabric with red stitching. The AMG Night package goes a step further with black accents found across the car, including two pairs of exhaust tips.
An aggregate of racing-level performance, with dynamic engine mounts that adapt to any driving situation, the V8 twin-turbo is designed for maximum performance, the engine providing explosive responsiveness with high lb ft of torque. That torque is found across an impressive power band of 1,600rpm to 5,000rpm.
WHAT'S IN THE ’S DNA?
As the most successful brand in the history of DTM (German Touring Car Racing) and the most dominant F1 Racing team of the past decade, Mercedes-AMG knows a thing or two about building successful race cars. And it is this racing success that spawned the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Over 50 years ago, a unique company, born from a passion for motorsports, would come into existence; AMG (‘A’ is for Aufrecht, ‘M’ is for Melcher and ‘G’ is for Großaspach). Starting as a two-man operation, the company has grown into a global brand and a world-renowned motorsport dynasty.
In the 1960s, engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher were working on the 300 SE racing in the Development Department at Daimler-Benz, until the company discontinued all motorsports activities. Fuelled by their passion for motorsports, the two engineers spent their spare time at Aufrecht’s Grossaspach house, continuing to develop the . A colleague, Manfred Schieck, would enter the German Touring Car Championship using the they’d developed and go on to win ten times.
Off the back of this success, AMG would be formed and with it the reputation for AMG as experts in optimising the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Some 25 years later, AMG would become officially amalgamated into the Daimler-Benz group and start a rich history of motorsport success, leading to a myriad of performance-packed production vehicles that utilise the groups motorsport derived technology.