2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Review
Pros & Cons
- Thrilling acceleration from the powerful V8
- Simple, gorgeous design
- Comfortable ride despite handling prowess
- Smallish size means few interior storage options
- Hard to see out the back
List Price Range
$101,711 - $135,000
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Which AMG GT does Edmunds recommend?
While discerning enthusiasts will enjoy the GT C's nuanced upgrades — not to mention the bragging rights — the less expensive GT S coupe delivers enough thrills to satisfy most drivers. The bodywork is a little narrower, but the lovely styling remains. Plus, the GT S still benefits from an adaptive suspension and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential that are absent from the base model. Not to mention, most performance additions, from ultra-aggressive track-specific tires to carbon-ceramic brakes, are still available.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 makes 515 horsepower, but it feels like much more than that when you floor the gas pedal. Grip and balance are beyond impressive, making this car devastatingly fast on any road. Great brakes and the best steering we've felt in years.
Comfort isn't the AMG GT's reason for being, but thanks to the adjustable suspension and reasonably compliant seats, this car can handle long-haul duty almost as well as track duty.
Stylish but still quite functional, the interior of the AMG GT is a lovely place to spend time. Most everything is close at hand and easy to use. However, this is a small car with a low seating position. It's not that easy to get out of and visibility is compromised.
There are 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space in just the right shape for two golf bags. That's slightly more than a Jaguar F-Type, slightly less than in a Porsche 911. Minimal in-cabin storage, so-so cupholders. No exterior latch to pop the hatch.
|Overall||8.4 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
C 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
Ordered a 2018 AMG GTC (Magnetite Black Metallic with Beige Interior) convertible early December 2017 and took delivery in mid June 2018. After putting on 1,500 miles in four months, I can only say WOW!!! This car handles like a dream and is so much fun to drive. Traded in our 2015 MB SL400 with only 16,000 miles, a car that my wife and I both hated to drive (nice looking car but under powered, grabby brakes, premature transmission up-shifts, racing engine at idle in hot weather, lousy stereo, etc.---a full departure from the 2004 SL500 that we kept for 11 years. We hated that car from day one and immediately noticed the downgraded stereo when we drove it off the lot--they dropped the number of speakers from 11 to 10). The 2018 AMG GTC changed all of that, everything! The hydraulic steering is remarkable, the shift points in Sport mode are precise, acceleration is phenomenal and braking pedal modulation is smooth. Probably should have saved the $4,500 for the upgraded stereo, but too late for that. This car gives such a tremendous road feel and command while also being surprisingly smooth and comfortable. I noticed that Edmunds recommends saving the extra money by opting for the GT version over the GTC but I would disagree with that (obviously). The agility of the rear wheel steering is something amazing and you have to experience that first hand--it makes the car feel smaller than it is. Under 62 mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction as the front, making cornering on winding roads an incredible experience--there's absolutely no under-steer or over-steer--the car is amazingly neutral and feels more agile than the SL versions that we have been use to (with under-steer tendancy). All of the body vents are functional on the GTC version and the rear axle slip differential is electronic rather than mechanical. I expect to own the car for many, many years and can justify (rationalize) the higher GTC price...somewhat. The build quality on this car was also exceptional. Besides the car's good looks (always getting comments when gassing up), the driving experience is beyond description. We have owned several MB's, and BMW's over the years, and this car beats them all. One of our past favorite vehicles was a 2001 BMW Z3. We always thought of that car as a motorcycle with two seats. Fun to drive. On a scale of 1-10, the AMG GTC is a 20.
2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
I’ll keep this short and simple. My car has less than 1000 miles and as of today it has been 21 days in the shop and they still can’t figure out how to fix it. My engine light has been on nearly since I got the car and they’re saying that the engine has been miss firing. I’m trying to turn my car back in the legal system now. But be aware of the engine light on, it’s not the gas cap.
S 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
It's difficult to describe how this car continues to surprise and delight even after a year of ownership. If ever there was a single car to meld a track car, muscle car, and grand tourer, all in one beautiful package, there is no other car that comes close. I traded a Ferrari F430 and Shelby GT500 and while each of those cars did their respective party tricks quite nicely, the AMG plays the part of exotic (without the exotic quirks) and muscle car (while still being able to take a corner) without a hitch. I have a couple 911's that share garage space with the AMG, and I always choose the AMG if I don't need to tote kids. If I had to choose just one, the AMG would stay and all others would go. The only gripe I have is the lack of a manual option...I understand the reasoning, but sometimes outright speed should take a back seat to outright fun. Overall, there are no disappointments and I look forward to every mile behind the wheel.
2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7AM)
A spectacular car to drive and own. Just starting and pulling out of the garage creates a big smile for you and all within earshot. Not anywhere near as good a performance deal as a new Corvette nor as good a handling car as a Porsche Carrera S but I doubt either of those two will equal the GT grin quotient and unless you're on a track you aren't likely to push the handling difference. Certainly with the Roadster version you won't meet yourself coming down the road, there is something to be said for rarity. Great fun but be prepared to wait 6 months for you order to be fulfilled from Germany
Features & Specs
Our experts like the AMG GT models:
- 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.