Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is just another masterpiece from the German luxury carmaker. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show 2014, this sports car has finally arrived here in India. For now, only one variant is launched, which is the AMG GT S. It is the fifth AMG model by Merc and is last but one in the company’s 15-car launch plan for India this year. It is only the second sports car after SLS AMG, which is designed and developed wholly by the manufacturer. Under the hood, there lies a 4.0-litre, bi-turbo petrol engine. It propels this GT S to an electronically regulated top speed of 310 Kmph and clocks 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds. This sports car represents the next level of build quality in the auto industry. It comes with the latest design language featuring almond shaped LED headlamps and a signature grille with company’s star embedded on it. The overall exterior design looks flawless and there is no wonder it if its gets your attention at first sight. The same is the case with its interior design, thanks to the use of premium leather upholstery. Also, glossy black and chrome accents insides adds a bit more sophistication to the cabin. As a standard feature, it comes with ‘Designo headlining in black dinamica microfiber’ that renders it an exclusivity.
Design is its highest talking point and why not as it won the Red Dot Award for the innovative design. Bonnet is long and wide, marked by the sculpted wheel arches that penetrate into the edged of the engine hood. Exterior styling isn’t very elaborate and that is what makes it even more classy and interesting. Bonnet gets subtle lines, up front, the large black radiator grille with chrome treated Mercedes emblem and sleek chrome line running across the grille appears elegant. Air intakes are large too, adding aggression to the front profile. The lower grille is also finished in black. Coming to the LED head lamps, these have been carved intricately; it features a couple of elements that looks upmarket. The bonnet is so long that the windscreen appears short; the all black wing mirrors go well with the black roof. Side profile is chic, all thanks to the large black finished 19 inch wheels in front and 20 inch wheels at rear. Rear gets extremely lean LED tail lamps, Lift-back style trunk lid, dual chrome tail pipes, reflectors and the roof cascades beautifully into the rear. Window frame is petite and curvy featuring black outlining. Yet another interesting fact is that chrome work is minimal, instead the vehicle gets more of black finishing that for some reason looks posh.
The interior section is just a continuation of its exterior design language. It comes with a blend of classy theme and extreme sporty characteristics that makes it stand-out amongst others. As we can see there is an extensive use of leather inside the cabin highlighted by glossy black and chrome accents. Its floor console has an impressive design and is housed with dial type control switches along with push buttons. Also, it features a touch controller along with a shift knob. The seats are of AMG sports design and covered with premium grade leather upholstery. We can also see the door panels with this upholstery, which only elevates its exclusivity. The steering wheel has a specific three-spoke flat bottomed design. However, it is wrapped with a combination of leather and velvet upholstery making the cabin look even more exclusive. The instrument panel has a twin-tube design, but also has a color screen that displays all the informatics. All the air vents inside have a chrome garnish, which further boost the regal stance of the insides. The central console is mounted with an infotainment screen that is integrated with touch controls. As for the conveniences, we can see a few facilities like a glove box, inside mirrors, cabin lights and much more. The cabin is designed to accommodate only two occupants along with luggage at rear section.
Currently, this vehicle from Mercedes Benz comes only in one variant. Unlike other sports cars, it features better equipment and facilities, which only offer luxurious traveling experience. As a standard feature, it comes with a specific AMG package including performance steering wheel, instrument cluster, sports seats, ambient lighting and floor mats with AMG lettering. As for the comfort, this vehicle comes integrated with a reversing camera along with PARKTRONIC system that aids driver while parking in tight corners. Also, it has a cruise control system that eases the efforts while driving on highways. This variant is also packaged with features like memory package along with heated front seats, KEYLESS-GO package, windscreen wipers with rain sensors, mirror package and illuminated AMG door sills in brushed stainless steel. The manufacturer is also offering a list of features as optional package for the buyers. Those include AMG performance seats, carbon fibre package and other such features.
The same engine that powers the C63 AMG S is also found under the hood the Mercedes AMG GT-S. The 4.0-litre, V8, Bi-Turbo engine puts out 510 horses and 650 Nm of torque. It comes with the 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission. The engine is far from tame and it can be best described as a wild animal. Power delivery is instantaneous right from stepping on the gas and what is turbo lag?! Baby the throttle and the AMG GT-S will potter around smoothly with a light burble from the exhaust. Go full out on the pedal and the car will simply take off and reach 100 km/hr in less than 4 seconds.
Since all the power is sent out to the rear wheels, there is a lot of wheel spin and the car twitches a lot under hard acceleration too. The engine has so much punch that it just goes on and on right up to the 7000 RPM redline with a very loud growl. The powerplant never feels strained out and the speeds it can do in a matter of seconds is mind boggling! At extremely high speeds, the AMG GT-S feels raw and it transforms itself into a missile. The driver gets a lot of feedback from the car and the fun factor that you get feels very unadulterated. The supercar also comes with a rear wing which pops out at different speeds depending on the driving mode chosen, but you can always choose to pop it up manually too.
You get different modes to choose from – Individual, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Race. In the first 3 modes, the exhaust noise gets a little tamed down while performance remains good but not as ballistic as the latter 2 modes. In Sport+ and Race, the exhaust comes up at full volume and performance is also top notch, while the chassis feels much more tighter. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT gearbox is splendid and does its job very nicely. Fuel efficiency is something that should just not be discussed while talking about performance cars. But for those who are still curious, well, the Mercedes AMG GT-S will probably churn out 3-5 km/l if it’s driven the way it’s meant to be driven.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Driving the 2017 Mercedes AMG GT is an event. Whatever engine you choose, acceleration is instantaneous yet controllable, and the turbocharged V8 feels as if it’s even more powerful than its lofty specs would indicate. When fitted with the performance exhaust (optional on the GT, standard on the GT S), a bypass valve opens that amps up the V8’s full-throated roar and sends a shiver down your spine. The neighbors may be less impressed, however.
Most cars these days have electric power steering, but the GT’s old-school hydraulic setup is gloriously direct, responsive and characterized by a class-leading amount of feedback. Together with its superb suspension tuning, excellent brakes and sharp transmission, the GT is an effortlessly fast sports car. Whereas earlier AMG offerings had all the delicacy of a chainsaw when carving up a back road, the GT feels like a far more precise instrument when you’re pushing hard. Driven more sedately, it’s a pretty civilized beast, but its ride quality is certainly on the firm side. In particular, watch out for the AMG Dynamic Plus package’s stiffened suspension. Even with the adaptive dampers on their most supple setting, impacts are transmitted through the seats with an un-Mercedes-like harshness.
On the safety front, the Mercedes AMG GT-S comes equipped with ATTENTION ASSIST, Adaptive Brake Lights, AMG high performance composite brake system, PRE-SAFE, ESP, TPMS, Automatic Child Seat Recognition and front, knee, side (thorax and pelvis) airbags for the driver and co-driver apart from windowbags. Mercedes also has one of the best after-sales service among the premium marquees.
The AMG GT opens a new era for Mercedes-Benz and AMG, as the Germans now have the tools to go against the Porsche 911, the benchmark for all sports cars. With the SLR McLaren and the SLS AMG as its spiritual predecessors, the Mercedes-AMG GT has some big shoes to fill, but it seems AMG has reached a stage where it no longer focuses on brute power alone, but on a package that brings lightness, force, and fuel efficiency under the same roof. It remains to be seen whether or not the GT has what it takes to give the 911 a run for its money, but the preliminary details suggest Stuttgart is about to host an epic battle. Needless to say, the AMG GT has that classic front-engine sports car appeal that many manufacturers fail to obtain.