The AMG GT S is a modern supercar and nowhere is this modernity more evident than in its engine design. Powering the car is a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine producing 503 hp. AMG have generally shied away from turbocharging, due to the associated lag in throttle response. However for the AMG GT S, the turbos have actually been housed between the two cylinder banks, making for a much shorter trip from the turbos to the engine. As a result, turbo lag is nearly eliminated and throttle response is excellent. While mileage has never been the goal of the AMG GT, the use of turbochargers produces significantly better mileage than an equivalently powerful non-turbo engine.
Harnessing all that turbocharged grunt, is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which can function as an automatic or be shifted manually via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. Power is sent to the rear wheels.
Though looking at the engine alone could convince one otherwise, the AMG GT S is much more than just a muscle car. It rides on double wishbone suspension all around and has electronically adjustable shock absorbers, allowing drivers to choose one of four different settings to adjust the ride quality and handling prowess of the car. With the stiffer suspension settings engaged, the AMG GT S becomes one of the best handling cars on the road, capable of out-cornering all but the most expensive exotics.
The AMG GT S is still a Mercedes-Benz however, and that means that it's a spectacular place to spend time in on a long journey; packed full of new technology and comfortable for long periods of time. The AMG GT S is currently only sold in two comprehensive trim levels that include a long list of goodies. An incomplete list of convenience features includes an 8.4-inch integrated touchscreen display for apps, a rearview camera and the navigation system, Napa leather seating surfaces available in a huge number of colors and designs, power adjustable and heated front seats with a memory system, a surround sound stereo with satellite radio and a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
There are still options however, for those who want the best of the best. These include an upgraded Burmester stereo, a variety of 19" and 20" wheel designs; a blind spot warning system, dynamic engine mounts to help with handling and carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports coupe that'll get your blood pumping. No matter if you're in the base GT or the bonkers, this AMG grabs the attention of everyone when it passes by. This mid-grade GT C tester is no different, offering massive power, impressive looks and no shortage of tech and comfort.
The whole AMG GT line benefits from small styling updates this year, but it's still the same low-slung, long-hood cruiser it's always been. Outside, there's a new rear diffuser as well as sleeker headlights and taillights. Inside, you'll now find a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.2-inch central infotainment screen and a redesigned steering wheel.
What hasn't changed is what's under the hood: a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 tuned to produce 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The V8 rumbles to life with authority and even in its default Comfort mode, the GT C is a rocket. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission isn't especially quick to shift in this setting, but acceleration is nevertheless ample. Mercedes says the GT C can get to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, a claim I have no reason to doubt.
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