Mercedes-AMG GT S tested by auto-motor-und-sport

Test Mercedes AMG GT S
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German magazine auto-motor-und-sport tested the new AMG GT in its fastest version S. The Mercedes AMG GT S with 510 HP sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, reach a maximum speed of 310 km/h and target the Porsche 911 Turbo.

SLS was more. More power, more noisy, but more expensive and more a dream car with its gullwing doors.

But AMG GT is cheaper and this not mean that is less performant. AMG priced GT very smart: with 134,351 euro and 510 HP, the top version AMG GT S costs 30,000 euro less than the 911 Turbo (520 HP) while the base version AMG GT (462 HP) is priced at 115,430 euro, with 2,000 euro less than the 911 GTS (430 HP).
AMG chief Tobias Moers is very confident that Mercedes AMG GT should not hide in front of a Porsche 911 Turbo. Moers declaration is an act of courage taking into consideration the maturity of the supercharged 911 gained over decades. But AMG GT benefits also by the platform of the former SLS which represent a solid mechanical basis.
While ESP system was not completely disengaged in SLS, in AMG GT you have the freedom of drifts.
With 650 Nm on the rear axle, drifts can be done easier than you expect.

The auto-motor-und-sport tester drove the AMG GT S to the limit and he was impressed by the enormous mechanical traction plus a very good adherence thanks to the Michelin 295 Super Sports tyres.

On curves, you feel that an invisible hand keep the car on track. The explanation for a very good roadholding in curves is the position of the engine, mounted far behind the front axle. 53% of the weight distribution goes to the rear axle.

Even on wet roads, the ESP keeps its protecting hands over the impetuous driver.

Thanks to the adaptive drive train, Comfort mode is suitable for long journeys but Sport mode is also acceptable from comfort point of view, keeping a good contact between the road and the wheels.

The new 4.0 litre V8 engine offers an uniform power delivery and the two turbochargers reacts very fast, while the sound is similar to a great natural aspirated american big V8. Finally, the seven speed dual-clutch gearbox responds to paddle commands with virtually no delay. Here, AMG GT S is even better than the SLS AMG.

But despite the start&stop and sailing functions, measured fuel consumption was 13.3 l/100 km. The 1,629 kg kerb weight influence fuel consumption in a negative way.

Who want a more economical version, has the alternative of the AMG GT base version with 462 HP but still 600 Nm on the rear axle. It cost 115,430 euro, with 2,000 euro less than the Porsche 911 GTS.

Here are some technical data comparison between Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes AMG GT S.

Model Mercedes-AMG GT S Porsche 911 Turbo
EngineV8, bi-turboBoxer 6, bi-turbo
Displacement (cmc)3,9823,800
Max. output/revs (HP/rpm)510/6,250520/6,000
Max. torque/revs (Nm/rpm)650/1,750710/2,100
Transmisssionrear wheel driveall wheel drive
Gearbox 7 speed, dual clutch7 speed, dual clutch
L/w/h (mm)4,546/1,939/1,2884,506/1,800/1,296
Wheelbase (mm) 2,6302,450
Kerbweight (kg)1,6291,596
Maximum speed (km/h)310315
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)3.63.1
0 -130 km/h (s)5.34.8
0-160 km/h (s)7.56.9
0-200 km/h (s)11.510.9
Sprint 60-100 km/h (s)1.61.6
Sprint 80-120 km/h (s)1.92.0
Measured Fuel consumption (l/100 km)13.312.6
Measured CO2 emissions (g/km)309293
Brakes from 100 km/h cold (m)33.832.7
Brakes from 190 km/h cold (m)119118
Price (euro with VAT, DE)134,531165,149

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