The 2016 AMG GT, as a collaborative work from Mercedes-Benz and AMG, is a grateful surprise. This beautifully-designed German monster delivers an optimum performance with a rational price. Coming in two versions, there is an even faster (not too much) model available, the GT S.
This piece of engineering is making good impressions among car experts and lifetime drivers, thanks to its fierce performance with no loss of the Benz natural luxury. The AMG GT also over-perform in terms of safety, delivering a full experience.
The 2016 AMG GT’s Bi-Turbo Heart
The 2016 AMG GT packs a twin-turbo 4.0 L V8 with a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission with no alternatives available. This mandatory setup produces up to 456 hp and 442 lb-ft of maximum torque. The GT S version has a slightly higher output of 503 hp at 6250 RPM and 479 lb-ft of torque at 1750 RPM.
Both versions are fast and quick. The main one, the 2016 AMG GT, goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h). Meanwhile, the AMG GT S achieve the 60 mph mark in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 193 mph (311 km/h).
This is the exact same powerful V8 engine mounted on the C63 AMG model. And for those who wants more, the GT3 version is already planned, packing even more power and racing attitude. AMG is also considering the possibility of developing a GT model with electric or hybrid powertrain in the near future.
Design at its Best
As expected from the German maker, the 2016 AMG GT is beautiful and sleek. The form doesn’t lose its elegance and opulence in the constant search of improved aerodynamics. The LED lights put the AMG GT in the vanguard of innovative designing tendency.
The curvy, well-crafted body kit is hard to beat. With trails of its “presumed” predecessor, the SLS, the AMG GT only lacks the highly exclusive gull-wing doors.
When we arrive at the cockpit, the opulence continues. Real metal, top-notch leather and carbon fiber is commonly found in the interior decoration. Sacrificing luxury in order to push forward the performance wasn’t a viable option for AMG.
This cutting-edge sports creature didn’t lose practical capabilities. In this matter, the AMG GT has 12.3 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk.
Driving Behavior and Tech
The 2016 AMGGT is exclusively rear-wheel-drive and features plenty of technologies focused on improving the driving experience. It isn’t exactly lightweight either, with 3627 lb (1645 kg) of curb weight. This factor is heavily influenced by its almost 100-percent aluminum chassis.
There are multiple driving modes available, which adds up aggressiveness and anger, making the 2016 AMG GT more exciting to drive. Its excellent handling and highly effective brakes are huge reasons to get used to the remote steering feeling that could be odd for many. This minor “flaw” must be recognized by the driver and adapt to it, in order to maximize control capabilities.
The Bottom Line
The estimated price tag of US$138.407 could seem below to the expected, based on its high-performance specs. In this and many other ways, it looks like a great deal.
The buyers receive dual-zone climate control, a Burmester sound system, keyless entry and start, adjustable and heated track-focused seats, LED headlights, AMG high-performance exhaust, parking sensors and many other features as standard.
Among similar cars in the segment, the AMG GT feels like there are no worthy rivals. The luxury and high-performance it provides are almost unbelievable considering its estimated price tag. The German common quality is at its best on this model.