Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word “Mercedes?”
Odds are that word was something like “luxurious,” but chances are even better that in that moment of synapse-firing, the best your brain came up with was “German.”
I thought the same thing. I suspect the reason is because we tend to cast cars from German automakers in the same light: serious, sophisticated and well engineered. With Mercedes-Benz, it goes even further because we expect them to be even more luxurious and comfortable than the other precision driving machines that come out of Germany.
Enter the Mercedes-AMG GT-S: the world’s wake up call that, in case you forgot, Germany can do performance and exotic as well as anyone else.
This Solar beam Yellow Metallic Mercedes AMG GT-S, glowing in the sun has wrought my face into a giddy, juvenile smile all over again. I try to rationalise it in my head – Surely , there are more beautiful car out there right? Something Italian perhaps? Yes, something mid-engined with big wings and extravagant vents and ridiculous angles. Maybe, but right now I can’t stop staring. Call me old fashioned, but I’m a sucker for that classic, well proportioned front-engined two-seater look. Soft curves trump aggressive lines for me every time. You can’t help but compare it.
Reaching for the starter button sends a pang of trepidation down my spine. It’s not fear – just butterflies in my stomach; like asking out the prettiest girl in school, only to say her yes. BRWOARRR, it barks to life. Oh this an AMG alright. Downsizing and turbo charging has done little to diminish the aural drama, and that’s really saying something in today’s world of muted whooshes and hums. The AMG GT S is the automaker’s showpiece, housing a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 that churns up 503 stallions and 479 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, delivering a 0-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds (preliminary).
The all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is an achievement of intense passion and beauty for the senses: breathtaking performance, scene-stealing looks, and a growl that intimidates the road itself.
The interior is the next expression of our “aviation design” theme, featuring a powerful wing-like dashboard, four central spotlight-style vents and a dominant center console. And everywhere you look and touch, the finest materials and craftsmanship exude the quality and exclusivity that only Mercedes-AMG can provide.
Like its predecessor, the SLS AMG, GT-S sports a distinctive long hood and short tail. It doesn’t feel like an homage to classics, but is certainly inspired by them. The gull wing doors were cut, but they’re quickly forgotten as the sleek form of the GT-S hypnotizes all who behold it. A lightweight aluminium space frame, is what the sports car’s slippery curves are crafted from. While seductive, it’s intimidating at first glance due to the wide, intense fascia at the front end and fluidic design that’s worthy of its Silver Arrow heritage.
The combination of its beautiful curves, throaty exhaust warble, and distinct driving experience causes something inside you to stir. This effervescence of emotion is rare nowadays, with performance cars focusing on clinical precision. This car executes its function with amazing capability and does so with trunk-loads of charm. I can’t think of a louder wake up call than that.