Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

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.

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Editors' First Take

It's a disgustingly hot day in Florida, but the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series isn't breaking a sweat. This thing looks like it's come straight out of hell, all snarly and bulgy, ready to beat me up and take my lunch money. So you'll forgive my brief moment of intimidation while approaching the Magmabeam orange coupe, the phrases "most powerful AMG V8 ever" and "there are only two of these in the country right now" echoing in my head. Black Series or not, the AMG GT is a total brute. And with 720 horsepower and some absolutely insane aero, this one's... well, it's a doozy.

AMG redesigned the GT's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 for the Black Series, adopting a flat-plane crankshaft design that results in smoother, stronger power delivery, not to mention a superbly sonorous soundtrack. The Black Series barks and burbles like any other GT, but the increase in aural quality comes down to refinement. You can play one of my lousy high school rock band's demo tapes just as loud as a record professionally engineered by Steve Albini, but only one of them's going to make it to the radio.

In addition to 720 hp, the 4.0-liter V8 puts out 590 pound-feet of torque. All that power shoves its way to the rear wheels via AMG's Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the GT Black Series to hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds -- 0.4 seconds quicker than the not-a-slouch AMG GT R. More impressively, the Black Series can hit 124 mph in under 9 seconds, and if you've got an autobahn or airstrip long enough, it'll top out at 202 mph.

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