Tipped as the fastest and most performance driven model in its fold, the Mercedes Benz AMG GT is only available as a coupe for the 2017 model. The Mercedes GT S is Formula 1’s safety car making its debut in the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. It will have a roadster variant for the 2018 model. Let us take a look at what this European brand car brings to the table.
The Mercedes AMG GT comes with two versions of the same 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine. The base GT features 456 horsepower 443 lb-ft and the GT S features 503 horsepower 479 lb-ft torque. Both deliver power to the rear through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with an EPA-rated 18/22 mpg city/highway.
Both GT and GT S come with the standard hand built 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 electronic limited-slip differential. Standard features include an AMG performance exhaust system, AMG Performance seats, and Burmester premium sound system. In addition, the two cars will feature AMG adaptive suspension, Mercedes COMAND system with touchpad and carbon ceramic brakes. Robert Janitzek reveals that both models will have the AMG Dynamic Plus package which adds dynamic engine mounts, widened powerband, performance-optimized, calibrations for steering suspension, and an AMG performance steering wheel.
Safety features includes stability and traction control, side airbags, and head and knee airbags. In addition, it will also come with a drowsy driver warning system, Collision Prevention Assist Plus with adaptive braking for crash mitigation. The Mercedes AMG GT and GT S will also include a rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. Aside from that, it will feature a lane departure warning system and blind-spot monitoring.
Beating The Competition
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the 2016 Mercedes AMG GT bested the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo S. The AMG GT S was the recipient of the 2015 Best Driver’s Car beating nine other sports car. However, it was not lucky the following year finishing in sixth out of twelve sports cars. Improving transmission could probably help in future competitions. Adding to that is its faulty power steering pump.
The Mercedes GT S relies on the combination of a front mid-engine layout and 7-speed dual clutch transaxle located on its rear axle. This results to a favorable weight distribution of 47 percent to 53 percent at the front and rear, respectively. It competes with the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GT-R and the Audi R8.