The mighty Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to building stylish, luxurious and powerful cars. One recent example that has taken the motor world by storm is the new AMG GT. It’s a grand tourer that has its sights set on cars like the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type.
If you’re in the market for a new Merc, the AMG GT is a model worth considering. It’s one of the German car maker’s best-selling models and for several good reasons. Find out why by checking out the model’s top features and selling points below:
Two trim options: which one can you handle?
The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is available to buy today in two flavours. First up is the standard GT trim. Although it’s the base model, there’s nothing basic or frugal about it!
As standard, it comes with a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 under the bonnet. The engine boasts 456 bhp and offers a 0-62mph time of four seconds. It’s a car that sounds like an absolute monster at full pelt, thanks, in part, to its active exhaust system.
The next option for the petrolheads among us is the AMG GT S. First up; the engine boasts an extra 47 horsepower. That means you’ve got 503 bhp in total at your disposal!
It’s quicker to 62mph from a standing start too, at 3.8 seconds. That makes it faster than cars like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, for instance. The GT S will go up to 189 mph before running out of steam. Although I can’t imagine many people travelling at such a speed on a public road – unless they are crazy!
If you’re a fan of manual gearboxes, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT isn’t for you. That’s because both the GT and the GT S only come with a seven-speed auto box!
The good news is that it’s a brilliant dual-clutch gearbox, and it’s the same one used in the other AMG models. If you shift in manual mode, you’ll find the transmission quite responsive. As with other Mercedes automatics, there are different “driving modes” that you can choose. The GT S also has a “Race” mode for slicker shifting.
In keeping with other AMG models, the GT and GT S are superb to drive on the road and the track. The only point I’d make is that some might find the suspension a little too stiff for their liking.
Still, with a monster under the bonnet, you need a strong suspension setup. The AMG GT and GT S aren’t cars you’d buy for the commute to work and back. They are vehicles designed to take your driving skills to the limit!
Is it hard to maintain?
The powertrain used in the AMG GT is quite strong. Just make sure you follow the Mercedes servicing guidelines to keep everything ship-shape.
In fact, I don’t recommend getting anyone other than Mercedes-Benz to maintain the car. Let’s face it; would you trust your local garage to look after a car as special as the GT? I wouldn’t!
Should you buy one?
If you’ve got around £100k to spend on a new high-performance grand tourer, yes! If not, sell your house and then go and buy one! On a serious note, even if you can’t afford to buy one, it’s worth hiring or taking one out for a test drive.
You’ll no doubt be able to get behind the wheel of one from an “experience day” firm.
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