Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (2015) Review
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (2015) At A Glance
On average it achieves 54% of the official MPG figure
Mercedes-Benz’s more unhinged, high performance nature is given an outlet via its Mercedes-AMG division, and heading that line-up is the AMG GT sports car. It arrived in 2014, replacing the SLS, it offering sports car enthusiasts an alternative to the evergreen Porsche 911, among other rivals. The only stand-alone model in the Mercedes-AMG range, it’s not spun-off a regular Mercedes-Benz car, instead being developed from the ground-up as a Mercedes-AMG. There’s a coupe and a roadster version depending on your preference for what’s above your head, while there’s also a choice of models with performance ranging from wild to wilder, all powered by different versions of a spectacular 4.0-litre twin turbo V8.
The Mercedes-AMG GT range was introduced in 2014 in 462PS GT and 510PS GTS guises, with the Roadster version following the coupe in 2017. Since then the range has been updated and revised, with the entry to the GT line up being the GT Coupe Edition 476, that 476 being its output in PS.
Above that is the GT C Coupe with 557PS and a rawer, more intense track-biased models in the guise of the 585PS GT R and GT R Pro. Those two models aren’t too far off the GT4 or GT3 racers that the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing department will sell you if your appetite for track time gets more even more serious.
The Roadster model doesn’t offer quite that breadth of choice, it just offered in two guises, with a 557PS GT C Roadster and range-topping GT R Roadster.
Despite the differing outputs all are powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine, those turbos located in between the cylinders in what Mercedes-AMG describes as a ‘hot V’. That is advantageous as it increases the speed of response of the turbochargers to help reduce lag, as well as being beneficial to economy and emissions, too.
It’s a sensational engine, that’s used elsewhere in the Mercedes-AMG line up, it good enough that when Aston Martin was shopping for an engine to power its range of cars it visited Mercedes-AMG at its Affalterbach HQ in Germany and signed a contract.
In the AMG GT that sensational, hand-built 4.0-litre V8 engine, which wears a plaque proudly displaying the technician who built it, is positioned as far back as possible for it to be front mid-engined.
Lifting the bonnet reveals that, with the V8 nestled low and close to the windscreen, well behind the front axle. That aids the GT’s agility, though for all that, the AMG GT does feel more of a very talented muscle car than pin-sharp sports car.
That’s part of its appeal, it a brawny, fun and involving driver’s car, that’s pleasingly different from its rivals. Among those is the Porsche 911, it, like the AMG GT offering a broad range, the AMG GT also counting cars like the Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren Sports Series. Mercedes-AMG also sells a ‘four-door coupe’ under the GT name, but it’s different enough to warrant its own report, so you can read about it here.
It sounds spectacular, that V8 not just muscular, but characterful of voice, too. The GT R and GT R Pro versions are a little bit tougher to recommend against their rivals, but the core Edition 476 and GT C are appealingly different and exciting cars, and, unlike the range-toppers, relatively sensibly priced, too.