Traditionally, the letters AMG have indicated the highest possible performance for any given Mercedes-Benz model. The company has been using it on more versions of its vehicles recently, however, and some of these might be described as "warmed up" rather than "maximum strength." But there's no confusion when it comes to the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT. This is a whole different animal, an exotic sports car developed from the ground up by the AMG engineering wizards to be the pinnacle of what they are able to achieve. The result is truly one of the best cars to drive in the world.
As a replacement for the SLS AMG, the GT is a more advanced, more manageable, more affordable and all-around better-performing sports car. Yes, it will deliver blistering acceleration in a straight line and sound magnificent doing it, but it can also go around corners with the utmost precision and engagement. The highly communicative steering, in particular, may seal the deal for you.
Then again, it could be its gorgeous styling and interior design, which certainly help the AMG GT stand out a bit more from the comparatively stoic Porsche 911. Its meticulous craftsmanship and engineering also give it a leg up on the go-fastest versions of the Jaguar F-Type, a car that starts off at a considerably lower price. Really, though, any sports car in this price range is bound to put a big old smile on your face whether you're bombing along your favorite back road or just admiring it in the driveway. And in both respects, the wonderful GT is every bit as desirable as those letters AMG promise.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT is a two-person coupe available in GT and GT S trim levels.
The standard GT comes standard with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry (Keyless Go), a rearview camera, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power-adjustable seats (with power-adjustable lumbar adjustment and side bolsters), driver-seat memory functions, simulated-leather and suede upholstery, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Also standard is forward collision warning (with emergency automatic braking), the COMAND infotainment interface (8-inch display, knob and touchpad controllers), voice controls, a navigation system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite and HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The GT S gains a more powerful V8, a three-mode adaptive suspension, upgraded wheels (19-inch front, 20-inch rear), an upgraded exhaust, a power-operated trunklid, leather upholstery and a 10-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system. Apart from its engine, all of the extra GT S content is optional on the base GT.
Options are available for both. The Lane Tracking package adds blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems. The AMG Aerodynamics package adds a fixed rear spoiler, a deeper front splitter and special front air-dam modifications. Stand-alone options include carbon-ceramic brakes, forged wheels, adaptive cruise control (Distronic Plus), a panoramic roof, various upgraded leather seat and interior trim, and an 11-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system.
The GT S is further available with the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which includes revised engine, steering and suspension tuning, plus dynamic engine and transmission mounts.