Mercedes Benz said they are on track for selling over 40,000 AMG models this year and if you know your cars, or luxury, or luxury cars you know that AMG – which stands for Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach, the name of the two founders and Aufrecht’s home town – is the super-aggressive, totally tricked out and way upscale division of Mercedes Benz. AMG is the part of Mercedes that takes a normal Benz, say a E 350 wagon and turns it into the super awesome E63 Wagon, where underneath the flared body panels of the wagon their lies a super-fast beast.
But the nameplate has long had a void in its line up – an attainable sports car that can compete with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8s of the world. While there was the SLS AMG GT – the amazingly awesome gullwing supercar, now in its last year, its starting price was a whopping $221,580, not quite attainable unless your name starts with Scrooge and ends with McDuck and, for some people, present company excluded, way too exotic for everyday use.
AMG has rectified the problem, on sale this April, the 2016 AMG-GT S fills the void of where to send the S-Class customer – that’d be a large portion of this town – when they want a little more sportif un dynamism.
The AMG GT is simply gorgeous, taut, and muscular with a long hood and a short, tapered rear end. The interior is wonderful too – dropping you low into the leather, carbon fiber and Alcantara-bedecked cockpit and surrounding you with what seems like a million and one gauges. It’s like the plot in Interstellar, it looks divine but really do we know what half of these buttons do?
Mercedes dropped their new 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque 4.0-liter biturbo V8 hand-built engine under the hood and mated it to their 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. All this power equals a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and top speed of 192 m.p.h. Boom maybe too small a word to describe the GT S’s get up and go but we’ll use it anyway.
The Gentleman Journalist had a chance to drive the AMG GT S on some wonderful twisty roads outside Carmel recently, as well as on the track at the Laguna Seca raceway and, may we add, the GT S handled both with all the aplomb you’d expect from a $130K+ car. The GT S has a few different driving modes to choose from – everything from comfort to race mode. In race mode, there is a wonderful low growl of the GT S’ V8 as you’re speeding on the backstretch of Laguna. The sound is a thing of beauty, as is the car. We think they’ll sell everyone they make and add to the 40,000 AMGs sold a year.