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- 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

What Makes the AMG GT the Best?

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT has been around for a few years now and it has charmed many since its debut. In that time, we have seen a few varieties of this model built for different purposes. There is the GT Coupe, GT-R, and this one, the Roadster. I had a chance the other day to drive the GT Roadster and I have come to find out a few things about it that separates the AMG GT from the rest of the other sports cars out there with a high price tag.

"...looks like a meteor."

Like every car, the first thing people see is how it looks. Every car is styled differently to ensure no one gets confused between brands. The AMG GT is no different than the rest of the cars on the road. The first noticeable aspect of the styling is the huge grille with the headlights sitting on each top corner. Then there is the long hood that is big enough to land a helicopter on. For the back though, it is sloped to make it aerodynamic and to smooth out the lines. In some sense, it looks like a meteor. All of the excitement is in the front and at the end it just gets a smooth and straight-lined tail. But what lines that are on it really accentuate the styling that AMG did. In my opinion, it is honestly one of the most elegant cars to look at.

"...like a nail on the wall."

The interior styling follows a slightly different formula. Sitting in the driver's seat I feel as if I am in a cockpit of a fighter jet looking out over a long and wavy nosed hood. I love the piano styled paneling with the stitched black and red leather that surrounded everything. The metal trimming helped the paneling and stitching come together to blend perfectly. Now, the space of the AMG GT is amazing. There is more room than I expected as well since I am over 6 foot. My only problem would be the roof. I felt as if my head would hit it if I hit a big enough bump and that is in the lowest possible setting of the seat. Other than that, it is great. Well, that, and don't try to fit more than 2 or so suitcases in the trunk because there is almost next to no room. The last thing I enjoyed were the seats. They offered plenty of support and held me in place like a nail on the wall.

But what do I get for a car that is priced at a hair over $138,000. For safety, the AMG GT comes with 24 hour roadside assistance, advanced airbag protection system, collision prevention assist plus, a 3-stage electronic stability program, attention assist, adaptive brake technology, Mercedes-Benz Pre-Safe which "is a system that works to prepare and protect passengers in an accident, before it even happens. The system is able to sense when a collision is unavoidable thanks to sensors placed throughout the vehicle, which function with multiple other safety systems." For comfort and convenience, the AMG GT has power seats and a ventilated headrest that Mercedes calls "Airscarf," parktronic, rear-view camera, power retractable roof, navigation and air-conditioning. The package that is on this AMG GT Roadster comes with the AMG performance steering wheel, exterior night lighting, AMG performance exhaust system, distronic plus, heated and ventilated seats, AMG 5 spoke wheels painted silver, Burmester surround system, keyless go, and the lane tracking package with spot and lane keeping assist.

"...a tamed beast..."

The performance of the AMG GT is stupendous. The 4.0L V8 biturbo engine pushes out 469 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Pair that to the 7 speed dual-clutch transmission with the AMG limited slip differential and I got a helping of how it performs. With the forged dual wishbone suspension in both the front and back with the sticky tires, everything falls into place. Unlike the Jaguar F-Type, the AMG GT is a tamed beast that will put up a fight when it is released from its cage. The acceleration threw me back in the seat in a gentle manner but fast nonetheless. The steering is sharp and crisp with so much feedback from the tires. The suspension is firm enough to keep the AMG GT from having any body roll and forgiving enough while going over bumps. The exhaust note is ferocious like a Messerschmitt and the throttle response is as a fast as the transmission changes through gears. I have not felt such a great sense of control and power mixed with excitement in my life with a car like the AMG GT.

So, would I get the AMG GT Roadster? From what I have just said about it, I am 100% sure it is not a guessing game. Of course I would. But only if I had a great paying job or if I won the lottery. I would put it on my list of dream cars to buy. Especially a Roadster because I would not have to worry about hitting my head even though it did not happen once throughout my test drive.

I would like to take a moment and thank Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill and Candace C. for allowing me to use their vehicle for this test drive. I appreciate their professionalism and cooperation.

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