Engine: 4.0 litre 8 cylinder twin-turbo
Transmission: 7 speed dual-clutch
Top Speed: 317 km/h
0-100km/h: 3.7 seconds
How would you best describe the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT? Well, imagine the lovechild of a well-disciplined Porsche 911 and a brutal American Nascar and you’re on the money.
A vehicle with many enemies, it is a direct rival to the 911, the supercharged Jaguar F-TYPE SVR, and the identically-powered Aston Martin Vantage. Perhaps they’re envious of the AMG’s striking looks and ballistic speed…and its expensive price tag.
We say money schmoney though; if you love the GT’s classic proportions, or love a day at the track, or love a good Cannonball Run-style trip – it’s well worth it.
All that change gets you the unshakable partnership between the effortless acceleration of AMG’s high-revving, dry-sump mill, and the intelligent 7 speed speed-shift transaxle that guarantees a 3.7 second dash to 100km/h and a top out at 317km/h.
Handling-wise, the GT keeps the good times going with a freakishly accurate performance in corners with an immense stopping capacity – a direct response of active rear steering.
While the dual-zone climate control, and heated seats help ease those long trips, the adaptive cruise control is a useful tool when it comes to keeping one’s licence.
When it comes to the high-end parts of the sports car market, it’s hard to look away from this low-slung, AMG GT. Against its competitors, its skill set is unmatched, and the Big Merc is the recipe for success.
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