When Mercedes released the original SLS AMG, we failed to see how they could possibly improve on the concept. Fast forward a couple of years to 2014, and Mercedes announces they’re giving the SLS the axe. Before we even had a chance to mourn, they gave us this: the AMG GT. The SLS’ successor wasn’t just better looking and faster, but more manageable as well. The SLS wanted to oversteer at practically every occasion, it was a large GT car at heart but it never did the sports car aspect as well as it should have. The AMG GT on the other hand, is perhaps the best example of a ‘GT car turned sports car’ there is out there.Visually, you can’t mistake it for anything else on the road. It may use Mercs’ current design language, but it’s got its own presence and character. It’s a lot smaller and more compact compared to its SLS predecessor, but that doesn’t take away anything from its design. If anything, it’s a lot more aggressive and sporty-looking. The interior follows the same concept. It’s elegant and simple, yet overly luxurious for a sports car of this caliber. There’s no denying it, the AMG GT is in a class of one when it comes to cabin quality, materials and design.
The real gem of this car however, lies underneath. Up front there’s a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 510 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque in GT S spec. Translated to real-world figures, that equates to 3.7 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of 190 mph. It goes without saying that that’s properly, properly fast. What’s more, it’s usable power. The GTS won’t bite like the SLS did. It doesn’t wag its tail unless you specifically tell it to. It can put all 500 horsepower to the ground easily. It’s no more difficult to drive than a C-Class Mercedes, and yet, when you press the accelerator all the way down, you get an adrenaline rush unlike any other.
Then we get to the excellent chassis. This has to be Mercedes’ finest creation dynamically. Simply put there is no understeer or oversteer in the chassis. You can make the car slide if you want to of course (if you’ve got the talent and the bravery required), but the way it glides through a corner neutrally has to be felt to be believed. This isn’t just a rival for the 911, it’s the new benchmark.
I Ride Like a Star offers the AMG GTS for rent at incredibly affordable prices, so what are you waiting for? Mercedes officially just announced that their AMG department will be moving away from large V8 engines in the near future, so this may very well be the last big V8 sports car we see from them. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to drive this exotic before it goes extinct.
Author: Stefan Petrov