2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Convertible
- Thrilling acceleration from the powerful V8
- Simple, gorgeous design
- Comfortable ride despite handling prowess
- Hard to see out the back
- Smallish size means few interior storage options
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
With its long nose and swooped-back cabin, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT evokes imagery of its sports car ancestors, starting with the original 300 SL and moving up to the more recent SLR and SLS. There's a functional reason for this design, too — the length of that snout means the GT's powerful V8 engine sits behind the front axle, improving overall vehicle balance. Putting the driver so close to the rear wheels makes for a unique driving experience, once again reminiscent of classic sports cars.
Little else is stuck in the past. As Mercedes-Benz's sports car flagship, the GT represents the best of performance and technology. As you move up through the four different trim levels, the amount of electronic sophistication increases; computer controls take over the suspension dampers, limited-slip differential and even steering for the rear wheels.
Yet the GT isn't overwhelmed by technology. Jamming the gas is thrilling, not only because of the engine's power but also thanks to the deep roar it makes under hard acceleration. Each trim level boasts rewarding handling that will satisfy anyone, even those set on extreme racetrack performance.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT is a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports car that is available in four levels of increasing performance. The base GT model has the lowest power output of the family, but still comes well equipped as a convertible in GT Roadster form. The GT S gets a solid power bump and more sophisticated drivetrain and suspension hardware. Along with more power, the GT C gains wider rear fenders and rear steering. It is also available as a convertible called the GT C Roadster. At the top is the hardcore GT R, whose manually adjustable suspension and slick tires mean it's intended primarily for racetrack use.
Like all trim levels, the GT employs a 4.0-liter V8 and seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is available as both a coupe and convertible called the GT Roadster. For the base version here, the V8 produces 469 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, a mechanical limited-slip differential, an 8.4-inch center infotainment display, a navigation system, a four-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated eight-way power-adjustable seats. Convertible models come with a standard neck heating system and dual roll bars. Options include an aerodynamics package, black exterior trim appearance package, panoramic roof, and Burmester stereo system. Buyers can also opt for driver-adjustable exhaust and adaptive dampers, along with a variety of wheel choices.
The engine in the GT S gets a power pump (515 hp, 494 lb-ft of torque), while the chassis gains more sophisticated tools in the form of electronic control for the dampers and limited-slip differential. Drivers have access to a more aggressive Race driving mode and can adjust the loudness of the exhaust. The 640-watt, 10-speaker Burmester stereo system is standard, as are 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. Options are similar to what's available on the base model, but the GT S also gets access to a Dynamic Plus package that broadens the V8's powerband and adds a more aggressive suspension calibration and drivetrain mounts. A high-end 1,000-watt Burmester stereo system, carbon-ceramic brakes and extreme performance sport tires are also available.
The GT C (late availability) offers an even higher engine output (550 hp, 502 lb-ft of torque) in both coupe and convertible GT C Roadster variants. It's 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the previous models, with space used to house wider wheels and a rear-wheel steering system that improves low-speed agility and high-speed stability. The GT C rides on adjustable and continuously variable dampers and has a sharper overall setup thanks to the standard Dynamic Plus package, which adds stiffer engine and transmission mounts and widens the power delivery.
The GT R is the most powerful trim available (577 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque) and is further endowed by carbon-fiber bodywork and a big rear wing. Large and lightweight forged wheels wrapped with extremely aggressive tires along with manually adjustable coil-over suspension mean this hardcore variant is intended primarily for track use. It even has a nine-mode traction control system styled after Mercedes' GT3 racecar. The GT R doesn't have a few features that are standard on lesser models due to its focus on performance, but most are available as options.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S (turbo 4.0L V8 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mercedes-AMG GT S has received some revisions, including an increase in horsepower and torque. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Mercedes-AMG GT, however.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT video
[ROCK MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: This is the Mercedes AMG GT R. And if you couldn't tell from the name or the giant wing on the back, this is the most serious, most exclusive, and most expensive sports car Mercedes makes. It's got 577 horsepower, an entirely revised suspension, and it's capable of doing extreme performance numbers at the test track. It's a good thing we're at the test track. Because we're going to find out exactly what it can do. We're going fast today boys and girls. We've got nearly 600 horsepower-- 577 or thereabouts. We've got, you know, not lightest weight car but a pretty lightweight car. First thing we're going to do for acceleration is the key-up run which is the car in its key-up settings. Although I've put the exhaust in it's loud mode. Because I like it like that. So let's give it a try. I'm just going to mash the gas and see what happens. [TIRES SQUEALING] [CAR ENGINE REVVING] [BEEP] That's quick. That's [LAUGHS] really quick. Oh boy. Wow. That is ridiculously quick. So immediately-- yes, this car is very fast. But you sensed-- you could hear a little bit of wind up on the initial acceleration. I bet that's where the most of our time is going to be made up with acceleration runs as we get into launch control and whatnot. But still, that performance from a key-up setting where you just mashed the gas-- I mean, we did a sub 12 second quarter mile by just hitting the gas without it working at all. That's ridiculous. Next up we're going to see what happens when we get into the launch control. And also how to get into launch control. You just turn this dial until it's in race. You hit that brake pedal with your left foot as hard as you can. You mash the gas with your right. You release the brake pedal. It's that's simple. Let's give it a try. So a little bit of tires slip there is to be expected. That is tremendously quick acceleration. And it's not that difficult to execute, which is really astounding. You could hear the tires slip at the very beginning. And the stability and traction control system working to combat that with a couple of little backfires and steps down. Still, that is a really impressive display of acceleration. We'll probably give it one more try in launch control. And then I'll see if I can do it better without using launch control. Frankly, I'd be surprised if I can. Because with vehicles at this sort of stature and at this price, their traction control systems tend to be way more sophisticated than me-- a lowly performance test driver. All right. Launch control run number two. Flatfoot the brake. Flatfoot the gas. Let's do this. [TIRES SQUEALING] [ENGINE REVVING] [BEEP] So a little bit faster-- not substantially-- but we're still making very good time. That's faster than pretty much 90% of the cars on the road. We'll give it a try or two without launch control just to see what happens. Let's try sport plus. Why not? Let's put the stability control off. And let's use the traction control. Let's see what that does. [TIRES SQUEALING] [ENGINE REVVING] So it was a little bit slower across the board. I was very gingerly on the acceleration-- did not launch it hard-- tried to keep underneath the point of spin. So clearly, there's some work to be done there. It wasn't as slow as the key-up run, obviously. And that's because I wasn't in the traction control. But it definitely was not as fast as the launch control. That was just a smooth application of throttle. [BEEP] All right. Let's dial you all the way up again. OK. Let's do it. [ENGINE REVVING] [TIRES SQUEALING] Ah, it short shifted. So we're going to have to try manual control, aren't we. And let's do this. Ah, a little slow on the shifter. Yeah, so we'll get out of it. That's not doing anything good. So not sure if the tack is slow or if the shifter request is slow. This has been a characteristic on the performance oriented Mercedes I've driven where you have to short shift. The transmission control has been kind of a frequent point of frustration for Mercedes-Benz. Give this a try. [TIRES SQUEALING] [ENGINE REVVING] It wasn't any faster. Let's just do one more run in launch control. And that will be the performance there. [ENGINE REVVING] [TIRES SQUEALING] There-- yeah, that's some speed. Yup. [LAUGHS] [BEEP] Wow. I'm good with that speed. Man, that is fast. Kids, there are more powerful cars out there. But not all of them are faster. This is immensely fast. And now we're going to see how this all works on the handling course. Because, believe it or not, this isn't a car built for straight up speed. [TIRES SQUEALING] So on to the handling loop we go with the AMG GT R. We've got it in the race setting. We've got the fancy little traction control do-hickey knob here set to its middle setting. And we'll probably work up as we get going. We've got the transmission in race. Because we're not going for a lap time. I just like to use it to feel out reference points for gears. And we'll start winding up and talking about what we've got here. And so we have a ton of horsepower and acceleration, as you're already aware of. But what that doesn't tell you is the breadth of power. Because it doesn't seem to matter what engine speed the engine is turning at. You're always getting a simply stupefying amount of power. It's rather astounding how smooth and controlled and relaxed this vehicle operates. Especially when it sounds like that and can corner like this. [TIRES SQUEALING] You have rear steering. You have a dual clutch transmission. You have a really sophisticated chassis that ensures you always have the right amount of balance. It feels very controlled and linear. And that's quite nice. It's something that feels very refined and dignified. And maybe that's exactly what you expect from a Mercedes-Benz. [TIRES SQUEALING] [LAUGHTER] And that torque-- that low end torque just means you can lug the thing around in a way that's just tremendously fun. You've got to love the control you get over a car like this. It's just terrific. [TIRES SQUEALING] Now we haven't talked at length about this traction control system. That's unfortunate because it's a neat little setup. You only access it with stability control entirely off. And once you can do that, you have these 10 settings to spin through. One through three are for wet weather. And the rest are for progressive amount of wheel spin. I wonder how useful it's going to be to a lot of drivers who actually, you know, drive quickly and do take things seriously. In my experience I've been totally fine with having it off, which has been a lot of fun. Because this car's so controllable. But it's a nice homage to Mercedes work and motor sports. And that just feels good. [LAUGHTER] The interior of the AMG GT R isn't that much different than the standard AMG GT. In this one we have this high gloss black surfacing on the steering wheel-- in the center console here-- which looks really nice when it's clean. But after a while get-- develop a lot of smudges and fingerprints. Why would you complain about this with a car that's got GT R in the name? Well when you pay upwards of $200,000 for it, you want it to look clean after time. But let's get beyond how things look and talk about the functionality of everything. You've got the push button start which we'll use to fire up the car right now. We'll turn the stop/start off. And there's a button here to make the exhaust louder. [ENGINE REVVING] That's nice. Now all these controls around here, of course, do various things. This one is your drive mode. This is your stability control. This is the firmness of your suspension, and on, and on, and on. It takes a little bit to get used to. But once you do, it's pretty much second nature. The most interesting part of this interior, by far, is this little yellow knob right here. Now that is an homage to traction control systems in, like, DTM race cars in the various forms of motor sports Mercedes is involved in. And how you activate it is you have to actually turn stability control off, which we'll do now. And that activates this controller here. There's a little light that runs across when it turns on. Now you basically use this to determine how much traction control you want. Not stability control. Now, there's a very complex system of electronics working underneath this car with the active differential and all that stuff underneath to constantly be monitoring how much traction each tire has. And you can adjust the limitation of slip, I guess you would say, by setting this dial. Now, in practice, I kind of just like to set it to one setting and forget about it. Because I don't want to be thinking about it while I'm on a track. But it is nice to be-- if you are more of an amateur or don't want to even consider the idea of putting your nearly $200,000 vehicle into a wall at a racetrack, this gives you a nice margin of safety that you can literally dial in. I like that. I think it's a neat concept. And I feel like the color a nice, again, homage to motor sports and Mercedes his involvement in it even if you don't end up using it. Or if you do use it a ton. And it looks pretty neat just in this rather black and very serious looking interior. The rest of it is pretty standard fare for a Mercedes-Benz-- especially an AMG GT. And it all works genuinely well. But at the end this is-- this guy is really what matters. [TIRES SQUEALING] That's been a test drive of the Mercedes AMG GT R. If you want to see more, keep it tuned right here. And be sure to visit edmunds.com. [ROCK MUSIC PLAYING]
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Track Test
Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago heads to the test track to put the 577-horsepower 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R through its paces. First, we find out how fast it can go in a straight line. (Spoiler alert: very fast.) Next, we head over to the handling circuit to see how this motorsport-influenced sports car takes to corners. Lastly, it's a deep dive into the interior details to see how they separate the AMG GT R from other sports cars.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite AMG GT safety features:
- Lane Keep Assist
- Vibrates the steering wheel to warn the driver if the vehicle senses it's drifting out of its lane.
- Collision Prevention Assist Plus
- Alerts and assists the driver in braking if frontal collision is imminent. The system can also initiate braking if the driver does not.
- Attention Assist
- Monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness and provides visible and audible alerts if needed.
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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Convertible Overview
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Convertible is offered in the following styles: C 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM), and 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM).
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