Mercedes AMG GT review – performance and 0-60

All GTs are rear-wheel drive only, so dry, warm tarmac will be needed to match the impressive on-paper stats

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  • Drivetrain; styling; dynamics
  • Steering isn’t as communicative as it could be

The ‘base’ GT is an extremely brisk supercar, reaching 62mph in 3.8sec in both Coupe and Roadster forms, topping out at 194mph. The Roadster-only GT C cuts this back by a further 0.1sec to 3.7sec and raises the top speed to 196mph.

The AMG GT R drops its 0-62mph time to 3.6sec, while top speed increases to 198mph. As for the numbers, they don't necessarily do the AMG GT’s performance justice. This is a car which is well and truly about the perception of speed, in that it feels much faster than it is through a combination of factors.

Sat low, with a long bonnet stretched out in front of you, the GT feels like a hotrod, totally and utterly dominated by the V8 engine in front of you, yet with the broad torque and response expected from a contemporary supercar engine. Throw in the incredible exhaust note and you have a straight line experience that’s both intense and immersive beyond what the already impressive numbers suggest. 

We’ve yet to drive the GT Black Series but where the standard GT models appeal with their V8’s character, the Black Series’ application of a flat-plane crank makes it a very different engine that will be defined mainly by its performance. Still, the 3.2sec 0-62mph time is deeply impressive for a front-engined rear-wheel drive car, and while it is the only GT model to crack 200mph (201mph to be precise), top speed was certainly not the priority given the aero pack fitted.

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