MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT COUPE GT R 2dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2289 g/km

The Mercedes-AMG GT continues to shake up the high performance sportscar market with a combination of extreme power, sleek styling and all the combined know-how of the Affalterbach and Sindelfingen works. Recent improvements have made the Coupe and Roadster variants look a little classier and there's now quite a choice in terms of engine output.

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Mercedes and AMG bring us the sports car we knew they were capable of. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised Mercedes-AMG GT.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes-AMG GT continues to shake up the high performance sportscar market with a combination of extreme power, sleek styling and all the combined know-how of the Affalterbach and Sindelfingen works. Recent improvements have made the Coupe and Roadster variants look a little classier and there's now quite a choice in terms of engine output.

Background

The first Mercedes was a racing car. Ever since, the brand has had competition in its bloodline, drawn upon throughout a rich history of motorsport-orientated coupes and roadsters. Cars like this one, the Mercedes-AMG GT. Mercedes-AMG is a brand that enthusiasts may now be used to, its primary focus being the creation of high performance versions of usually mundane Mercedes models. Every so often though, this Affalterbach division gets let off the leash to do its own thing and on the first occasion that happened, we got something very special - the SLS of 2009. As with the SLS, this GT model still uses a V8 beneath the bonnet, but its 4.0-litre engine is smaller and quicker-responding, with lighter weight and twin turbos comfortably compensating for the power deficit over its predecessor's 6.2-litre normally aspirated unit. The experience here though, isn't just about power: Mercedes set out with this GT to create the most involving driving machine ever to sit in its regular model line-up. Quite a claim. Quite a car? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

'Mercedes builds a 911', screamed all of the enthusiast mags, who then stopped screaming that when they saw this car. The AMG GT is quite a different thing, power being delivered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 driving the rear wheels. The powerplant has an unusual layout, with the turbochargers not attached to the outside of the engine like most ancillaries, but housed inside the 'V' of the V8 - something AMG calls the 'hot inside V' configuration. At present, there are five distinct models on offer. The standard GT generates 476hp and 630Nm of torque and is offered in Coupe or open-topped Roadster guise. Next up in the hierachy is the GT S Coupe, a model good for 522hp and 670Nm. Both are hugely quick, as you'd expect: the GT gets to 62mph in 4 seconds and runs on to 189mph, while the GT S edges it, recording 3.8 seconds to 62mph and a top speed of 193mph. If for some reason that's not fast enough, both body styles are also available in a 557bhp GT C guise. Or in a top 585bhp GT R variant that was race-tuned on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Coupe buyers can also specify an even more focus GT R PRO version. Across the range, drive goes to the rear via a seven-speed AMG DCT-SPEEDSHIFT dual clutch gearbox. This rear transaxle system offers decent weight distribution, with 47 per cent of the car's weight up front and 53 per cent aft. Depending on the model, the transmission offers up to five different driving modes: 'controlled efficiency', 'sport', 'sport plus', 'individual' and 'race' - the latter offered exclusively on the GT S. All versions are fitted with a standard locking differential. The GT receives a mechanical unit, while in a move that might be opposite to that which you expected, the GT S is fitted with an electronic version. The GT S, GT R and GT R PRO variants also get active driveline mounts which continuously isolate the mass effects of the engine and transaxle.

Design and Build

Buyers choose between Coupe and Roadster bodystyles, but either way, the styling of the AMG GT follows a definite theme, the long bonnet and squat glasshouse of the Coupe version being an evolution of the SLR and SLS models. It's a subtler and gentler shape than both though, but not without purpose, with squat haunches suggesting all its power is balled up at the driven wheels. From the rear, there are elements of Porsche 911 in its curves which may or may not be deliberate, but it's a car with nary a bad angle. It's just a shame that we have to do without the SLS's magnificent gullwing doors. Changes to this revised model include re-styled exhaust tailpipes, exterior styling enhancements, smarter LED High Performance headlamps and a new and front and rear view camera package, with parking sensors and parking assistant. Like the old SLS, the GT is built around a lightweight aluminium body structure that, in this case, weighs a mere 231 kilos. Drop inside and you're greeted with a broadly sweeping dash with a hugely chunky centre console. The sightlines at first seem a bit pinched but the driving position is lovely and Mercedes has fitted a beautifully tactile steering wheel. There's even an element of practicality too, Mercedes realising that cars in this class are built to be used rather than looked at. The rear hatch allows access to a luggage compartment with a capacity of some 350-litres.

Market and Model

For the Coupe model, expect to pay just over £104,000 for the GT version, around £117,500 for the GT S, around £133,000 for the GT C, around £149,000 for the GT R and around £186,000 for the even more focused GT R PRO (which only comes as a coupe). The asking figures put this Mercedes up against cars like the Aston Martin Vantage and the Audi R8. The open-topped Roadster bodystyle is offered with the base GT model's 476hp engine for around £114,000, or you can have a 522hp GT S version of it for around £127,000. The 557hp GT C Roadster variant costs just over £144,000. And the GT R is around £179,000. Whichever variant you choose, you'll find that the interior's beautifully finished, with aluminium shift paddles, silver chrome trim elements and sports seats in ARTICO material. A free-standing 7-inch central display is located centrally above the four ventilation outlets. The driver operates the seat heating, PARKTRONIC, the hazard warning lights and, depending on the equipment, the extendable rear aerofoil using the buttons in the top control panel in the roof frame. The GT S also gets an instrument cluster with a 224mph speedometer scale and red colour highlights, plus a performance steering wheel in black nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre, an AMG emblem embossed in the centre armrest and upholstery in ARTICO and DINAMICA microfibre. As an option, the silver chrome trim can be swapped out for carbon fibre, matte silver fibreglass or black diamond. AMG GT buyers can further boost performance of their car through the fitment of optional carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Cost of Ownership

For a car with a turbocharged V8 engine, fuel economy isn't as catastrophic as you'd imagine. The GT returns up to 23.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 261g/km of CO2, while the GT S doesn't impose too much of a penalty for its additional 34hp, returning up to 23.3mpg and emitting up to 262g/km. All figures are WLTP-rated converted to NEDC2. Both cars get better economy and lower emissions than something like a Honda S2000. Residual values are likely to hold up well given that this is a rare product line. You'll need to book a service every 12,500 miles, which is more frequent than a Porsche 911's 20,000-mile stops, but this AMG comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and Mercedes' 30-year 'Roadside Assistance' breakdown cover. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional 'Service Care' package.

Summary

The Mercedes-AMG GT is continuing to get all manner of rivals very worried indeed. It's got everything from a Nissan GT-R to a Bentley Continental GT in its gunsights and the AMG team at Affalterbach are extremely confident of success. Perhaps the most difficult thing is pinning down exactly what this car is. That might sound trite; it's clearly a two-seater supercar but this market is driven by nuance. Enthusiasts are clear about what differentiates, say, an Aston Martin Vantage from a Jaguar F-TYPE R. Where the AMG GT might struggle is in trying to be all things to all customers. If that's the extent of its problems, Mercedes will be delighted. The fact that this car isn't marketed as a Mercedes-Benz, instead carrying the 'Mercedes-AMG' badging, speaks volumes. This is a new-era Stuttgart sports car. And a very good one indeed.

  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Electric front windows, one touch / obstruction sensor
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • Privacy glass with dark glass from B pillar backwards

  • Electric parking brake with automatic release when moving off
  • 3 stage electronic stability programme
  • Active braking assist
  • Brake calipers with AMG lettering painted in yellow
  • Brake assist (BAS) with brake servo assistance
  • Acceleration skid control
  • Traction control
  • Auto hold function
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist

  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering

  • AMG Ride Control sports suspension with adjustable damping system
  • Carbon-fibre torque tube

  • Bluetooth audio streaming with handsfree system
  • Communications module (LTE) for the use of Mercedes me connect services
  • Preinstallation for Navigation Services

  • TEMPOMAT cruise control system with variable speed limiter
  • Instrument cluster with display in miles and English lettering
  • Additional RACE drive program
  • Front and rear parking sensors with camera
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with driving programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and individual)
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • Parktronic audio/visual front and rear parking aid
  • Power assisted steering

  • ECO start/stop function
  • AMG drive unit centre console in V8 style with touch display switches, large surround in silver chrome, inner area finished in matte black

  • High resolution 10.25" multimedia colour display
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle set up
  • Fast hard-disc navigation with 3D map display and dynamic route guidance
  • Preinstallation for Live traffic
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Brake wear warning display
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • AMG track pace
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Mercedes connect me with remote online
  • COMAND online system
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)

  • Exterior mirror caps in high gloss black
  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • 75 litre fuel tank

  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls
  • Burmester 10 speaker surround sound system
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Two USB ports and an SD card slot in centre console

  • Individual fins in on the air outlet in the front wing in high gloss black
  • Red-highlighted V8 lettering on the wing
  • Distinct rear apron with expressive central diffuser in high-gloss visible carbon fibre in the rear apron with twin tailpipe in dark chrome
  • AMG Performance exhaust system controllable with titanium rear silencer
  • Static rear aerofoil in high gloss black
  • Front splitter in high-gloss black
  • Sporty diffuser
  • AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel with AMG lettering and illuminated in white
  • Expressive twin diffuser with central tailpipe trim element in high gloss black and two black side exhaust tailpipe
  • Sporty front apron in jet-wing design and AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical struts and central star
  • GT R lettering on boot lid
  • Broad front end with wings widened by 46 mm over the AMG GT
  • Broad rear end with wings widened by 57mm over the AMG GT
  • Dynamically - shaped side sill panel in vechicle colour with high-gloss black inserts
  • Expressive diffuser in high-gloss black with motor racing look
  • V8 BITURBO lettering on front wings
  • Carbon fibre roof
  • Fixed panoramic glass sunroof
  • AMG bodystyling
  • Carbon fibre front wings
  • Active aerodynamics
  • Solid roof
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear spoiler

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • LED High performance headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist
  • Integrated LED indicators in door mirrors

  • Air quality control system
  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • Vertical load restraining net
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Driver and front passenger seat armrests
  • Touchpad
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • AMG emblem embossed in front centre armrest
  • Steering column electrically adjustable for height and reach
  • 3 spoke AMG Performance flat bottom steering in black Dinamica microfibre/black gearshift,touch control,12 o'clock mar
  • AMG steering wheel buttons
  • Dividing net for luggage compartment partitioning and occupant protection

  • Interior light

  • Mirror pack - AMG GT
  • Memory pack - AMG GT
  • AMG Interior Night pack - AMG GT
  • Keyless Go package - AMG GT
  • Anti theft protection pack - AMG GT
  • Parking package - AMG GT
  • AMG Piano Lacquer pack - AMG GT Roadster

  • Airbags - driver and front passenger
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags combined thorax/pelvis
  • Automatic front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Airbags - kneebag for driver
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Airbags - windowbags

  • Heated front seats
  • Integrated front head restraints
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • AMG performance seats

  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser

  • AMG electronic rear axle limited slip differential lock
  • AMG rear axle steering
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7 speed sports transmission

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirror, illuminated and pivotable side window

  • Sport tyres

  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG forged 10 spoke matt black with high sheen alloy wheels

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • Noise Level dB(A): 73
  • CO: 0.185
  • HC: 0.022
  • NOx: 0.022
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 289
  • CO2 (g/km): 284
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 16.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 28.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 22.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 13.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 22.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 24.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 22.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 20.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 12.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 11.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 12.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 585
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: GT R
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 430
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2100
  • Engine Power - BHP: 585
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.6
  • Top Speed: 198
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 325/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 275/35 R19
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2075
  • Height: 1284
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4551
  • Width: 2007
  • Wheelbase: 2630

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1650
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1890
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 175
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 240
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.1

  • AMG ceramic high performance braking system - 402X39mm front brake discs and 360X32mm rear brake discs: £5,995
  • AMG high performance braking system - 390X36mm front brake discs and 360X26mm with rear brake discs: Included

  • AMG Additional Special paint: £7,500
  • Metallic paint: £945
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo metallic paintwork: £1,295
  • Designo Magno Paint: £2,145
  • Designo premium metallic paintwork: £1,695

  • Exclusive Nappa leather/Dinamica upholstery: £2,995
  • Nappa leather/Dinamica upholstery: Included
  • Black fabric rooflining: Included
  • Two tone nappa leather upholstery: £2,995
  • Dinamica microfibre roof lining - Black: £0

  • Ambient lighting: £0

  • AMG High gloss black trim pack - AMG GT: Included

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £945

  • Solid - Black: £0

  • Designo metallic - Diamond white: £1,695
  • Designo metallic - Hyacinth red: £1,295
  • Designo magno - Selenite grey: £2,145
  • Designo magno - Graphite Grey: £2,145
  • Designo magno - Brilliant blue: £2,145
  • AMG Additional Special paint - Light green magno: £7,500

  • Yellow seat belts: £0
  • Black seat belts: Included

  • Two tone nappa leather - Silver pearl/Black: £2,995

  • Nappa leather/Dinamica - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Exclusive nappa leather/Dinamica - Black with grey stitching: £2,995

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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