While the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S may have a body that borderlines on having Halle Berry sex appeal, it is far from being a multinational mix. This car is just the second sports car to ever be developed entirely in-house by Mercedes’ AMG department, and they gave us a full-blown purebred this time around. The combination of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and a tricked-out rear transaxle send this aluminum sex machine to sixty in well under four seconds, and one has to wonder if Mercedes has indeed created a car that can give a top-tier Jaguar F-TYPE a run for its money.
On the outside, this car appears to be quite the sleek Benz, with enough aggressive styling to warrant a second glance from any passersby. But hop into the cockpit and you will quickly realize that this car is a totally different kind of animal, as Mercedes’ first ever internally mounted turbochargers and dry sump lubrication systems push you back in your seat to the tune of 456 and 503 horsepower in either GT or GT S trim.
This thing has it all, too. Optimum weight distribution, a top speed of 193 miles per hour, a lightweight aluminum and magnesium chassis, a sophisticated ECU that factors in driving conditions to adjust the accelerator response, and an AMG performance exhaust system with fully variable vanes to keep things as hushed or hellacious as the driver desires. Two turbochargers have been mounted to the engine, thus making a more compact design that receives better response from the turbochargers and lower exhaust emissions.
When we recently reported on the 2.0-liter turbocharged CLA45 AMG, we had no idea that it shared a lot of internal combustion characteristics with the car you see here today. Though it has half the cylinders and half the displacement, its two-seater configuration, extreme performance pedigree, and six figure price tag put the AMG GT in a whole other league than its rambunctious little cousin. This thing is so high-tech that even the engine and transmission mounts can be engaged independently from one another to give both superior performance and refinement.
Everything in the power department receives the “one man, one engine” treatment, where a single master engine builder assembles the entire motor by hand according to the strictest quality standards. Once the engine is complete it is paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that can either reward a driver with the efficiency of 22 miles per gallon, or tons of tire smoke and a need for new trousers.
The boys over in Stuttgart have hit us with more than just power too: An aluminum space-frame, adjustable sports suspension, double wishbone control arms, and a 47/53 curb weight distribution help the car’s low center of gravity hit corners hard. Both chassis and body are primarily made out of aluminum alloy, with the exceptions being the steel trunk lid and the magnesium radiator core support, which we presume are there for rear weight balance and a reduction in any inertia in front of the car.
Exterior design for this car is what the Benz boys like to refer to as “sporty emotion and sensual purity.” With its long hood, pronounced “powerdomes,” sports-car stance, and broad rump, there is no arguing with the manufacturer’s product description. While the over-sized deck lid sits atop a a surprisingly practical luggage compartment, from the side, the dome-shaped, arched roof line and frame-less doors emphasize that the GT was deliberately drawn to stretch on to infinity.
Give the buyer some LED high performance headlamps with stylized “eyebrows” as daytime running lamps, and you’ve suddenly got oncoming traffic’s attention, as a low-slung front splitter reinforces this aggressive gaze and a carbon-fiber package lightens the load while adding some extra pizzazz. And with its wide stance, slim tail lights, electronically retractable rear spoiler, and integrated angular tailpipes, you hate to see it go, but you love watching it leave.
According to Mercedes’ press release, the interior design side of this car carries with it feelings of “sensuality, emotion, and perfection,” as the interior on this thing is about as alluring as the aforementioned Halle Berry when she gets caught sunbathing in the movie Swordfish. And yes, those super low bolstered seats and elongated cabin give a surprisingly pleasant sense of spaciousness, as the wide dashboard stretches on forever in front of you. It really is called a cockpit for a reason, and the AMG GT won’t let you forget it with its concave-shaped door paneling, V8-shaped control switches, and integrated gauge bezel making the driver feel like they have just hopped inside a fighter jet and are preparing for take-off.
The GT comes standard with 19-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, but when one is dropping this kind of cash it might be best to opt for the ultralight cross-spoke forged wheels. And if those gigantic 15.4-inch front discs and six-piston calipers end up not being sticky enough, be sure to check out the carbon-ceramic brake upgrade kit, which costs $9,000 but weighs 40% less than the stock components.
This car was bred for a reason, and Professor Thomas Weber, who is responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development highlights why this machine is built the way it is. “With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, we are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field. This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of.”