Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Review

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
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Over the years, Mercedes' designers have earned a reputation for being a rather serious and buttoned-up bunch. Even so, don't be surprised if you feel a bit giddy after your first stint behind the steering wheel of one of the brand's more exuberant creations, the Mercedes-AMG GT.

A successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, the AMG GT is available as a coupe and convertible. The current model range starts with the entry-level AMG GT, a 469-horsepower beast that the German automaker says will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a hair under 4 seconds. Things get progressively more intense with the AMG GT S, AMG GT C and the racetrack-ready 577-hp AMG GT R.

While there are other sports cars that are equally lust-worthy, we think you'll be smitten with the way Mercedes-Benz has expertly combined performance and style in the AMG GT.

Current Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is a two-seat, high-performance sports car offered in both coupe and convertible (aka: Roadster) body styles. The coupe is offered in four trim levels (GT, GT S, GT C and GT R), while the convertible is available in just two (GT and GT C).

Under the hood is a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 paired to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the base version, the V8 produces 469 horsepower. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, parking sensors, automatic wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-leather and suede upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable seats (with heating and power-adjustable lumbar and side bolsters), driver-seat memory settings and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Electronic features include forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking, a navigation system, a rearview camera, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment interface (with an 8-inch display and a knob-and-touchpad controller), voice controls, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio and a four-speaker sound system.

Step up to the GT S and you get a more powerful V8 (515 hp), upgraded wheels, a three-mode adaptive suspension and a few extra features. The AMG GT C adds a yet-more-powerful V8 (550 hp), distinctive flared rear fenders and rear-wheel steering. The GT R gets the most powerful V8 in the lineup (577 hp), plus race-car-derived features including a manually adjustable rear wing and a special adjustable racing suspension.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT can run with the world's best sports cars on a curvy stretch of asphalt. While the suspension produces a ride quality that can be a little on the firm side, its tuning is ideal for maximizing the car's handling potential. Steering accuracy is spot-on and provides tremendous feedback, and the brakes are powerful enough to inspire confidence even when traveling at triple-digit speeds. The gutsy V8 produces right-now acceleration even in its lowest state of tune, along with a stirring exhaust note and 0-to-60-mph times as low as 3.5 seconds.

Used Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Models
The AMG GT itself has changed little since its 2016 debut. At first, only the coupe was available. The 2017 model year brought the introduction of a more affordable — relatively speaking — base model, the AMG GT, that joined the existing S version. The convertible and AMG GT C and AMG GT R arrived for 2018.

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