Best known for their luxury sedans, Mercedes is sometimes forgotten in the world of super-cars when brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren are in the forefront. This is all changed though in the fall of 2014 when Mercedes Benz unveiled one of the most underrated and greatest cars they have ever produced, the AMG GT. It was developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG and is the predecessor to the SLS AMG. It is classified as a 2 door, 2 seating fastback coupe and roadster.
Background of The AMG GT
Back in April of 2014, the interior of the AMG GT was previewed and the car made its debuted on September 9th. It wasn’t until a month later in October at the Paris Motor Show that it was finally unveiled to the public. The two original performance options included the GT and GTS, the later being priced at $129,900 for higher performance and features.
You’ll notice that the SLS AMG doesn’t look all that different because it was the predecessor and the exterior was kept relatively the same. Wide wheelarches and lower bodywork make the AMG GT appear much more aggressive along with a fastback-like sloping roof. The long hood and slim windscreen we were familiar with has also stayed the same. Mark Fetherston, the exterior lead designer on the AMG GT also worked on the SLS, CLA, and A-class. Inside we get a large center console with leather and carbon polymer design. The trunk, while not super spacious still has enough room for a medium sized suitcase.
AMG GT Specs
The GT utilizes an intelligent front mid-engine with a rear wheel drive design which places the engine inside the cars wheelbase. Aluminum alloy composes both the chassis and body while the bootlid is steel and the engine bonnet is created out of magnesium. The suspension uses a double wishbone design in the front and rear made out of forged aluminum. The AMG GT is powered by a front-mid mounted, 4-litre twin turbo V8 engine. It takes advantage of a configuration using the exhaust and turbochargers inside the cylinder banks to reduce lag. A 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The GTS can reach 60 MPH in approximately 3.8 seconds and can complete a quarter mile in 11.2 seconds with 515 horsepower. Its little brother, the standard GT boasts 369 horsepower and a max speed of 189 mph.
How’s Driving The AMG GT?
The distance between the driver and the end of the car can be intimidating at first because of the great length but it’s something you’ll naturally adapt to. Despite it being a front-mid engine vehicle, the AMG GT is actually quite agile and you’ll find you can easily maneuver it. Earlier GT’s were known for having very hyper and sensitive steering but this was changed with a more predictable and smooth response. Sharp corners are cut like butter if you get your hands on an AMG GT with rear-wheel driving. The extra 55kg can really be felt if you are driving the roadster model though so be aware of this.
The AMG GT is one of the most underrated super cars out on the market right now. The base model emits 216g/km of CO2 and records 30.4mpg if you’re driving it rather patiently. Since you’re probably going to want to have some fun(and we don’t blame you), expect to be experiencing a bit higher numbers than that. It’s a car that will definitely be best suited for areas with more space due to its length and width but experienced drivers should have no trouble in big cities. Since it is a coupe and doesn’t offer much extra space, you won’t be using this much for holiday driving, roadtrips or getting groceries.
If it’s in your price range, you should at least give the AMG GT or one of it’s variations a try. It’s one of those cars that you’ll be pleased you gave a chance.