It makes cars that many people enjoy, boasting luxury, refinement, efficiency, and some performance.
People swear by them.
It has a performance of AMG and that takes care of all of the above and makes it more.
This is AMG's latest take on a sports car, the AMG GT.
The SLS was always gonna be a tough act to follow.
It had noise, power, and presence.
It was the kind of thing people really liked.
It was brash and a bit very good.
So its successor Has to be something a bit special.
But it's okay, because the AMG GT looks to be just that.
AMG knows how to make fast cars.
They tend to have city power, yet remain comfortable.
With an AMG, you're pretty much assured to be able to cross a continent at 150 miles an hour and feel pretty good when you get to the other side.
An Audi RS car may offer easy all wheel drive speed, but they don't ride quite as smoothly.
And an M car?
Well they're a touch more precise.
Well, each of the big three has its own take on crazy speed.
And that's great.
Choice is always a good thing.
But the AMG GT isn't your typical AMG.
Because, yes, it will do all the AMG madness.
You feel like you're clinging onto dear life.
But, it'll also do the easy speed that you get in an RS and if you want it to be a scalpel, then it will be.
Which makes it a sort of jack of all trades, but it's not just [UNKNOWN] should be worried.
Porsche should as well.
When you look at the AMG GTSs power figures, you can see why.
Its 4 litre twin turbo V8 produces 503 brake horse power, and 479 pound foot.
0 to 62 happens in 3.8 seconds, and its top speed is only 7 shy of 200 miles an hour.
It's a serious car.
The nearest 911 to that when it comes to power is the turbo, which may have a whole ten more horses to play with.
It's also a touch heavier and all-wheel drive only, which for some doesn't quite hit the mark.
Now this being the GTS, it would be remiss of me if I didn't mention its little brother.
It's got the same engine but puts out a little bit less power, 456 brake horsepower, and 443 pounds foot.
That makes it good for an 0 to 62 run in 4 seconds dead, and a top speed on the fun side of 180 miles an hour.
It's not a slow car at all.
Its engine is a [UNKNOWN] difference from the one you get in the C63 AMG, complete with what Mercedes calls a hot V which means its twin turbos live in the V of its cylinders.
It keeps them warm and working more efficiently and makes sure the engine bay remains uncluttered.
Also, it sounds incredible.
[SOUND] Noise aside, I wanna talk about the look of this thing.
Now normally I'm a bit down on Mercedes design.
Something about it hasn't really resonated [INAUDIBLE] with me in the past, but this, man this is something else.
From the nose to the exhaust it is just breathtaking an beautiful.
So much so it actually makes me a little bit cross because when I'm driving it, I can't look at it.
The same goes for the interior.
It is a wonderful piece of design, not overdone but not subtle either.
It Just right.
There's enough visual emotion here to sate your inner child, but also not overwhelm your mother.
There's a center screen like every other merk appears to have been a bit of an after thought.
Still one point off isn't bad.
We're not all perfect.
The AMG GTS has a jazzy engine, it's got the looks and it's got the power to put just about every other German manufacturer in it's place.
So what's it like to drive?
I've always have said, I love the noise.
It's one of the best noises I've heard come out the back of a car.
And even outside of the car, it Immense.
I defy anybody to buy one of these and not immediately press the exhaust button and keep it on forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever.
The gearbox can be a little bit aggressive when you're in town, even in its regular mode, but once you get used to it, once you learn to drive the gearbox, you can manipulate the car.
You can use its power and you You can surprise a fair few people.
They expect it to be quick don't get me wrong but they don't expect it to be this quick.
The brakes again are spectacular.
So far so brilliant Next, the steering, I find it a little bit weird.
There's just a little bit of numbness to it.
I can't quite put my finger on it.
It's immensely poor form.
But it just doesn't feel quite right to me.
Handling-wise, though, it's a fantastic chassis.
You can put it into corners, and push yourself a little bit, and it will happily comply.
Because it's been a fairly changeable day, weather wise, it's probably not wise to stick it in sport plus or race, because that loosens the traction control somewhat.
And it becomes, well it becomes a proper AMG.
It becomes a bit of a monster.
The power is phenomenal.
This is the kind of power you would expect for the super car about three or four years ago.
Now it's in a sports car, a not-so-expensive one in the grand scheme of things.
Yes, this one is about [INAUDIBLE] 20 gram.
But the quality in here is immense.
All of the touch points are absolutely gorgeous.
The cabin quality is beautiful, as I said earlier.
There are a couple of other things.
The rear view, through the mirror and the rear window, is miniscule.
It's so, so tiny.
The rear mirrors don't go in that far, so I have to kind of crane my neck out of it, cuz I'm little.
And, When you're nosing yourself out of a junction, because this thing is so incredibly long, you have to go out quite far.
But the A-pillars, I find them quite intrusive so I can't see particularly well.
You have to kind of dodge around them.
And I know that they're just.
for safety purposes, but it does again take away from the experience.
Now one of the big questions in this is it better than a 911?
And I just so happen to have been driving a 911 They're two very, very different things.
The way this car feels and the way it makes me feel is special.
People stop and stare at it.
They look at it in the same way, with the same admiration they do in [UNKNOWN] Vanquish, a car that's vastly more expensive.
Needless to say a 911 has over 60 years of [UNKNOWN] creating the finest [UNKNOWN] that ever has been.
Whereas this was made from the ground up [UNKNOWN] the engine was over [UNKNOWN] by one man.
The interior [UNKNOWN] just that little bit better.
The noise it makes This is the howl we get from a [UNKNOWN] engine.
It feels more substantial.
I love the 911.
It definitely has it's place in the world but if I was offered a choice between a 911 and this So, [INAUDIBLE] And probably [INAUDIBLE].
This is more of an occasion car.
It makes me feel like a grown-up.
A grown-up that's got his first proper sports car.
This car is all about the feelings it can offer you.
The rush from a prod of the noisy pedal, the feedback from its switch gear, and the [UNKNOWN] excitement each time you let its turbo charged heart sing with gusto.
It's a reminder that despite a flaw here and there, there's brilliance in everyone and everything.
The SLS may have had gull-wing doors and a 6.2 liter engine, a combination worthy of any bedroom wall.
But, the AGGT is certainly a worthy successor.
Involuntary giggles Fall out of you, appreciative size.
Well, they just happen.
It's a very grown up car, but one that makes your inner kid excited to go out and play.