Mercedes-AMG GT S

Is it really a rival of the 911?

4y ago

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is the three pointed star’s rival to the Porsche 911 and although they may have similar pricing and 0-100km/h times, that’s where the similarities end in my view.

As a driving event the Porsche is a one-act play, but the AMG GT S offers all the drama of the three-act opera Tosca, with its luxurious interior, eye-watering speed from the stonking V8 engine, and a soundtrack that will put a smile on your face even after the worst day imaginable.

I would not even put the two cars in the same category. You would buy a Porsche as a track day car that you could live with as a daily driver, but the AMG GT S as a daily driver that may see the track once a year, if it’s lucky.

One reason for this is because life on the inside of the AMG GT S is all beautifully finished leather, chrome and carbon fibre. The centre console is shaped like a 'V', to bring the V8 engine visually into the cabin with you. The seats are super supportive and comfortable and it really is a lovely place to be while undertaking the job of harnessing that 375kW and 650Nm of power located directly under your right foot.

One thing you quickly realise when driving the AMG GT S is that you certainly stand out on the road, its long nose and cackling V8, turns heads; including your own whenever you drive by a full length shop window that you can see your reflection in.

The thrill of accelerating is what you would expect from a car with a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds. The speed is made possible by the lightning quick gear changes from the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission, essentially an automatic gearbox without a torque converter.

You can drive the AMG GT S in full auto mode or manual mode, which allows you to take control of gear selection using the paddles located on the steering wheel. The gearbox reacts instantaneously to manual gear selections and doesn’t hesitate when quickly downshifting.

The only fault in this car for me is aesthetic, being the length of the nose. I think it could be a foot shorter and the car would still have the same presence on the road. But other than that, I really love this car and count myself as being lucky to have driven it even for just a short while.

By now you are probably asking, how much for all this luxury and speed? Well, if you live in NSW the drive away price excluding options is around $AUD314,000. The options list is about one third as long as the 911’s, but just as pricey. For example, the Burmester High End Sound System will cost you $AUD5,800 and the AMG high performance ceramic composite brake system is $AUD17,500.

The AMG GT S has a three year warranty and servicing intervals are at 3,000km and then every 25,000km or one year. The 3,000km service is required to change the differential oil and will cost around $AUD675 and the yearly service is about $AUD1,350.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is another car ticked off my list and another winner in my book. Go and test drive this beast for yourself and you will completely understand what I mean!

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