Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division Mercedes-AMG has been really hard at work in recent years. Following the successful Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the first sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG, the brand is back with the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT S. While you won’t see any gullwing doors on like the SLS AMG, Mercedes-AMG GT S means business and seems determined to steal buyers from its legendary competitors.
Right off the bat, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is a pure sports car with a front mid-engine design, a rear transaxle and the use of aluminum lightweight construction. Of course, the newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is the main highlight and the stamp of what you would expect from an AMG driving performance.
When Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the AMG GT S will be hitting markets in early 2015, every automotive enthusiast was questioning whether or not the sports car will be able to take on the likes of the Porsche 911. Well, we decided to spend some time with Mercedes-AMG’s latest creation to find out the answer.
At first sight, the Mercedes-AMG GT S looks very much like the SLS AMG – without the gullwing doors of course. On closer inspection you’ll realize that the Mercedes-AMG GT S is a couple of inches shorter in length – however, the design language is very muscular and bold.
In terms of size, the Mercedes-AMG GTS measures 179 inches in length, 76.3 inches in width, and 50.7 inches in height. The wheelbase sits 103.5 inches long and the curb weight comes in around 3,600 pounds thanks to the use of lightweight materials.
Besides just being an extremely good looking sports car that will capture hearts and turn heads wherever it goes, the design of the Mercedes-AMG GT S proves to be one of reason and function. The overall silhouette of the Mercedes-AMG GT S is sculpted to take on wind and weight. The model’s high-strength spaceframe weighs just 514 pounds since it is crafted almost entirely from aluminum – an engineering achievement on its own.
Looks wise, the Mercedes-AMG GT S does not disappoint at all. It’s a very aggressive design that incorporates a perfect balance of a sports car and the elegance of the Mercedes-Benz brand.
When lined up next to its competitors, the Mercedes-AMG GT S definitely stands out from the crowd as one of the most aggressive options. When compared to the conservative design of the Porsche 911, the Mercedes-AMG GT S taunts its competitors with a muscular and aggressive stance.
Take a step inside and you’ll feel as if you’re getting ready to fly a space-craft. If you’re looking for a high-performance sports car for your friends and family, look elsewhere because the Mercedes-AMG GT S only offers space for two.
At the center of the interior design, which is inspired by an “aviation design” theme, is a sloping dashboard with a high arched center console. The interior surfaces are available in many trim options – our test model featured stylish choice of silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond, and matte silver fiberglass. You definitely notice the attention to detail when it comes to the interior design as the AMG DRIVE UNIT controls are arranged like V8 cylinders to invoke a powerful and crisp feeling.
On the top of the center vents sits an intuitive touchpad 8.4-inch screen that houses your entertainment, navigation, and internet-based apps with multi-finger gestures and animated displays. You can also circle through the exclusive AMG menu which lets you keep an eye on speed and gear selection, oil temperature, turbo boost, and more.
Of course, this is the most important part of the Mercedes-AMG GT S so we’ll get the figures right out before we get into how it drives. Power comes for the ‘base’ Mercedes-AMG GT comes from a 4.0 liter AMG biturbo V8 making 456 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Our test model, the AMG GT S is powered by the same engine but pumps out 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a rear-mounted 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT transaxle, 0 to 60 mph comes in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.
Now those figures are nothing less of impressive but how does the Mercedes-AMG GT S drive. If we were to describe it in just one word we would have to say “outstanding.” The dedicated Mercedes-AMG model is all about theatrics and all about precision. We had the chance to take the AMG GT S on the track and were blown away by its ability to make quick turn-ins along with a strong front-grip that keeps the car grounded as you put it through some of the most aggressive driving possible. Of course, there is also a sense of violent V8 muscle on straightaways and as soon as you slam on the brakes you’ll hear the engine do its snap, crackle, and pop noises – which is like beautiful music to the ears.
The AMG DYNAMIC SELECT system allows you to circle through four driving modes with a twist of a knob. If you’re not on the track you select Comfort or Sport. Of course, if you’re on the track you want to keep the car in Race mode. All these three modes allow the car to adapt its throttle maps, gear changes, and suspension setup. The fourth option, the Individual mode, lets you make your own settings and gives you the total control at any time whether on or off the track.
So the big question – can the Mercedes-AMG GT S stand up to competitors like the Porsche 911 lineup? Definitely, yes! The Mercedes-AMG GT S is every bit of a true sports car from a sports car brand that has years and years of history. It seems as though there is so much more to the Mercedes-AMG GT S than we were given at this time. With that in mind, we are very excited to see future iterations of this sports car that will give its competitors a run for the money.
If you’re interested in checking out the Mercedes Benz AMG GT S, then call or stop by your local AutoNation Mercedes dealership, today!