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.
Mercedes-Benz's lineup is like a Tokyo subway, crammed to its absolute limit, encompassing just about every inch of conceivable white space. Yet, somehow, the automaker is always able to make room for something else. Case in point, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door.
You might wonder how the GT 4-Door can live alongside the CLS-Class without the two stepping on one another's metaphorical toes, but Mercedes makes it work. The CLS-Class now stops with the , which has also turned into the starting point for the GT 4-Door. And while it might look like a base model on paper, it's anything but, taking everything good about and stretching the canvas.
I still haven't been able to confirm whether or not I even like the way the GT53 looks on the outside. The fact that it stays true to itself and looks like a longer AMG GT is a good thing. I'm also enjoying the actual hatchback that confers more cargo space than the CLS-Class, even if it will still smush taller perennials on a trip back from the garden center. It also happens to look better from behind than the CLS.
The Good The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 is fast, fun and well-equipped from the factory.
The Bad There's road noise galore, the center console can be awkward and the car looks a little frumpy from certain angles.
The Bottom Line If you've always wanted an AMG GT but needed it to be more versatile, consider your prayers answered.
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