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Mercedes AMG GT review – design

The GT’s design has become fussier with age, but the cab-rear shape and long bonnet still make it a distinctive change to the supercar norm

Evo rating
from £96,845
  • Drivetrain; styling; dynamics
  • Steering isn’t as communicative as it could be

Much like the interior, the GT’s exterior design is driven from its proportions as much as its adherence to Mercedes design language. In 2018, the all GTs had the biggest of their minor updates, with an application of the Panamerica grille seen on the GT as well as some fresh wheel and bumper designs.

There are two body-widths available, the narrower of the two utilised by the standard GT and identifiable by its lack of vents on the rear bumper and four round exhaust outlets. GT Rs feature the subtly wider body, more prominent front splitter and small rear wing, sat above a natty triple exhaust system with a single central outlet flanked by two supplementary outlets integrated into the diffuser. The GT C combines the wide body with less aggressive elements, losing the R’s aero devices.

GT R and GT Black Series models technically share the same wide-body, but the latter takes things much further with its bespoke carbonfibre body panels and a big aero inspired by AMG’s GT3 racer. On the bespoke tailgate is a huge adaptive bi-plane rear wing that’s nearly as big as the one seen on the GT3 car, with an aggressive rear diffuser and quad exhaust layout below. Up front, the Black Series takes the Panamerica grille all the way down the nose to its front splitter, dominating the face like the grate on a Victorian wood furnace. 

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