Mercedes AMG GT household
Mercedes-AMG’s GT household is rising. Or, extra precisely, AMG discovered one other slice in the midst of their GT pie. They named the newest iteration GT C Version 50, which slots in between the GT S and GT R fashions, evident in engine output, 550 hp, and tire dimension, 265/35R19 entrance and 305/30R20 rear, each of which are available in above the S and under R. The title additionally celebrates AMG’s 50 years of including stunning lunacy to Mercedes merchandise. For good measure, in addition they provide the GT C Roadster.
Core elements and proportions stick with it on this mannequin. An aluminum construction holds up an extended nostril, sloping roof and narrowing tail, a basic sports activities automobile machine. Taking an extended gaze on the GT reveals a extra grown up and stylish model of the SLS, which itself is a extra menacing reimagining of the gullwing Mercedes 300 SL.
However hold trying, actually take in it. Really, strive to not. You possibly can’t assist however stare at such a form. The AMG GT actually hits the romantic period of the grand touring car in a method that also seems trendy. It’s arduous to understand in photos, however when going through it, you see a automobile pressed to the bottom, as extensive because the lane it travels in, and a roofline low sufficient to double as a espresso desk.
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT Roadster Static
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG Roadster Inside
From the $113,395 469-hp GT to the track-focused $157,995 577-hp GT R, each mannequin features a twin-turbocharged four.Zero-liter V8 and a Getrag provided seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle (The GT R has barely completely different 1st and seventh gear ratios), as you progress up the efficiency ladder issues just like the diff, suspension, monitor width and tire dimension ramp up with it. Form of like choosing how spicy you want your salsa, understanding that the AMG GT is the delicate selection amongst its habanero pepper-infused brethren.
On the street, delicate is perhaps your best option. The GT has the seems, however it holds on to some civility. The suspension nonetheless has some give, which permits it to forgive when the street will get bumpy. The GT S, GT C and definitely GT R have much less sympathy. The identical is true of steering. The usual GT’s wheel is lots responsive. S, C, and R fashions solely ratchet up from there and react in a short time to inputs, and so they’ll dart round except piloted fastidiously.
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT S
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT S inside
Each GT has great chassis stability. Like most any automobile on the street, they’re going to in the end understeer, however there’s not one other licensed automobile on the planet the place throttle has extra impact on stability. You’re feeling the burden lean again as your foot approaches the firewall. It’s as if the throttle is tied to a tilt-o-meter: the extra you apply, the extra the GT stands on its rears. The equal and reverse applies with the brakes. Heavy stabs whip all the burden to the entrance. Basically, your proper foot chooses desired stability.
Your proper foot additionally controls the amount knob — and what fantastic music. AMG’s hand-built, four.Zero-liter V8 belts out a baritone, rumbly riff, the motorhead’s equal to a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo. Such sonorous vitality will get the blood pumping as successfully as an adrenaline shot. And, regardless of two turbochargers, energy comes on linearly, with close to zero turbo lag felt.
The GTs look and sound mix to color an image of again roads twisting by means of the Swiss Alps with no site visitors and a full tank. However once more, this grand-touring romance of the SLS successor fades as you climb the trim-level ladder. The GT C is stiff sufficient to shift its focus to a track-day toy. And the GT R actually doesn’t belong anyplace else.
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT S static
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT S particulars
The highest-tier AMG finds its footing on a street course, which is smart; it wears Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with 275-millimeter extensive entrance tires and 325-millimeter — almost 13-inch extensive — rears. With that a lot grip, you’ll be able to simply get in hassle and at excessive speeds. Fortuitously, the GT R comes with an electronically managed limited-slip differential and rear-wheel steering. Each work to mitigate the ails of sloppy driving.
In fact, chief mitigation comes from stability management, and right here’s the place issues get attention-grabbing. On-track, logic states to start out in a extra restrictive setting earlier than understanding the automobile. However the extra restrictive settings shortly carry a couple of behavior of hitting the throttle exiting each nook. However the R’s, identical to each AMG GT’s, chassis stability is delicate to throttle utility. And throttle stabbing engages traction management, which kills the torque and throws off that beloved stability.
So take a breath and put the system in race mode, which successfully turns traction management off. Stability management will step in to avoid wasting you if issues get method out of kinds, however in any other case, it’s on you. At first race mode is intimidating, however the actuality is that it forces you to extra progressively apply the throttle, which the automobile responds to very positively. Consequently, the automobile is each quicker and simpler to drive.
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT R Observe
Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT R particulars
The GT R is a brute pressure machine, highly effective, and sure, desperate to chew. However be affected person, tame it, and it’ll deal with you with tenacious grip, athletic transitioning functionality and a number of journeys to triple-digit speeds in a single lap. The GT R is fast sufficient you’ll have to hurry up your mind to maintain up. It is irritating however rewarding.
Admittedly, the Porsche 911 feels extra natural than the AMG GT, a extra pure expertise, however the Mercedes makes you’re feeling alive. Furthermore, it’s a time capsule transporting its occupants again to a romantic period of easier grand-touring motoring, albeit one with a nod to trendy track-day functionality.
Mercedes AMG GT household
On Sale: Now
Base Value: $113,395 – $157,995
As Examined Value: $113,395 – $157,995
Drivetrain: twin-turbocharged, four.Zero-liter V8, 7-speed twin clutch transaxle, RWD
Output: 469 – 577 hp,
Curb Weight: 3561 – 3825 lbs
Zero-60 MPH: three.6 – four.Zero seconds
Professionals: Sensible grand-tourer and emotion-stirrer
Cons: All however the base mannequin too hard-edged for lower than good roads