Everything I Love About the Mercedes AMG GT
It has taken me a little while to get back in the groove of things after my trip to Japan. While I was there, I saw tons of amazing supercars and luxury cars. But one that was noticeably absent from the pack was the Mercedes AMG GT and this surprised me.
Japan has a very cool car scene that is nothing like what The Fast and Furious prepared me for. I recently wrote about the lack of American cars in the country, but what I didn’t talk about was the number of Mercedes-Benzes I saw while I was there. And there are a shit ton.
At every stop light and intersection, you will see a Mercedes somewhere. Not the cheaps one either, these are the prime beef of Mercedes. I’m talking about the types of Mercedes that come with that coveted “AMG” logo. The good ones.
But one AMG that was noticeably missing from the hoards of other AMG’s I saw while I was there was the Mercedes AMG GT. It surprised me at how few there were because it is one of the best cars AMG has ever put out in my opinion. Why isn’t everyone clamoring over this thing? It’s one of the very few direct competitors to the Porsche 911.
Mercedes AMG GT Specs
- Engine: 4.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V8
- Drivetrain: Front engine rear-wheel-drive
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch transmission
- Horsepower: 469 hp @ 6,000 RPM
- Torque: 465 lb-ft
- 0-60 mph: ~3.0 seconds
- MPG: 16 City/22 Hwy
- Pricing Starts at $113,400
- Average Rating: 9.5/10
When it comes to horsepower everyone gets caught up in the number. Lately, American muscle car manufacturers have been pushing out 400+ horsepower in cars that cost less than a Kia Sentra with options. It’s gotten out of hand.
That could be one reason the Mercedes AMG GT is often overlooked. It only has 469-hp. That’s only 29 more horsepower than a Mustang GT. Why would anyone pay $100-grand for that? We could stop the conversation there, but we have more class than that.
The truth is that 469-hp is a lot of power and it’s used very effectively in this car. A 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds is enough to help anyone with constipation get some relief. The joke is that this car is “shit-your-pants-fast” in case you missed it. It also sounds amazing. That twin-turbo V8 screams and AMG didn’t hide any of that delicious noise behind some beefed up firewall.
One of the best things about the car is where the motor is placed, behind the front wheels. This makes the car far less nose-heavy and far more agile than you would think. In fact, the Mercedes AMG GT R posted up a better time than the 911 did on the Nurburgring. Pretty legit.
That’s not to say it’s perfect, but the car gives the 911 a good run for its money. The dual clutch transmission is sharp but unfortunately cannot compete with the shifting greatness that is Porsche PDK.
Mercedes AMG GT VS Porsche 911
A while back I wrote a review on the Porsche 911 Carerra S and why I think it’s one of the best dollar valued supercars on the market. That sentiment still stands but one of the greatest things cars like the 911, M3, and even the Mazda MX-5 do is set a standard that all other car companies start to compete with.
When auto manufacturers engage in performance warfare, consumers pay off big time. And this is the case with the Mercedes AMG GT. Much like the horsepower wars of American muscle cars, the Mercedes AMG GT provides a sweet looking, and awesome driving, an alternative to the Porsche 911.
When you peg the two against one another it looks like a pretty promising match up. Both start at around $110,000 and both are two-door coupes. Both have over 400-hp and a dual-clutch transmission. But where they deviate is in the 0-60 mph and this is where the mighty 911 must face its shortcomings. The Mercedes AMG GT can overtake the 911 but 0.9 seconds in the sprint from 0-60.
In the world of performance cars, that’s a pretty wide gap. But it’s also not the end of the world. The 911 has never really played its hand in the 0-60 or 1/4-mile trap time but rather in the corners. And this is at the heart of why this car is so good. The Mercedes AMG GT actually compels you to look outside of the incredible 911 Carrera S.
In fact, it plays in a realm of sports cars that float around the $100K mark but are all overshadowed by the practicality of the Porsche 911. The Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type R, and even the Nissan GTR are all in this same price bracket, but all sort of taking backseats to the 911. Why?
The Mercedes AMG GT VS Everything
One reason these cars tend to fall short of the Porsche 911 is their practicality. The 911 is a daily driving supercar that handles like a dream and performs like an absolute monster. It boasts luxury, performance, and comfort all in a nice package and it sets a high standard for the segment, but it’s also easy to maintain.
You could easily argue any of these cars could be driven daily and I would absolutely agree. Hell, if I had a Lamborghini Aventador I would drive it daily, but the fact is most people in the $100K price range are shopping for cars on a wide spectrum that outstretches two-door performance coupes.
On one hand, you could easily afford an Audi S8+, one of the most luxurious and high-performing sedans out there and runner-up on our Top 5 AWD Luxury Sedans List. You could buy the amazing CTS-V or even save some money and have one incredible BMW M4. On the other hand, you could afford a vast variety of two-door sports cars including the Corvette, the R8, the GTR, F-Type-R, GT4, TTRS, and the 911.
So, one reason you might not see many Mercedes AMG GT’s floating around is that there are so many options available to you once you are able to afford a car in this price range that buyers tend to buy what everyone else is buying. Like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.
Why You Should Consider a Mercedes AMG GT
There are a few points I would like to make this car that I think you should heavily consider if you are shopping for a car in this price range.
- It’s fast as shit
- Looks incredible
- Luxurious interior
- Comfortable enough to daily drive
- You don’t see many
First things first, the car is fast. I don’t need to tell you that. It handles sharp, it has brutal acceleration, and it performs at the edge of supercar territory. $100K cars typically are at the twilight of supercar performance where they have a little bit of the same performance but don’t take it as far.
Secondly, the car is beautiful. The long hood and mean headlights, the bubble rear-end, and the sporty coupe line looks incredible. It’s a classy looking car that pays homage to the Mercedes SLS in a great way and although it looks big in pictures, it is just the right size in person.
While on the topic of aesthetics the interior of the car is top-notch and comes refined with that Mercedes-Benz class that we all crave. Available in sporty and not-so-sporty trim packages, the Mercedes AMG GT has a super clean interior that you would be proud to share with your significant other.
One of the nice things about cars in this price range is that they are comfortable when you want them to be and sporty when you want them to be. The Mercedes AMG GT has several drive-select modes which change the way the car feels and behaves making it easy to live with every day. If you want comfort, change it in the infotainment system, if you want sport, just turn a dial and press a button. It’s simple.
Finally, this car is unique. There aren’t many out there and I get excited everytime I see one. They are beautiful and fast and look like a classic 1940’s era speedster for the modern age. The Mercedes AMG GT is beautiful and exciting in a lot of ways, but its uniqueness rests in how rarely you see them. This alone makes for a great reason to get into one if you have the cash to fork out.
Alternatives to the Mercedes AMG GT
- Jaguar F-Type R
- BMW M4
- Audi R8
- Audi TTRS
- Porsche 911 Carrera S
- Nissan GTR
In this price range, it’s important to expand your search to see what’s available to you. Be sure to examine some of the amazing Sports Sedans available today and even some of the amazing hatchbacks that offer style, speed, and luxury as much as any coupe.
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