Good looks, a solid foundation and then some..
It surely isn’t a question of whether the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is a good looking supercar or not, the biggest question is whether it handles well, and spooks the living crap out of you when you floor it.
oh and the price tag of-course because that’s where Mercedes-Benz might have blew it. But seriously, let’s get down and dirty with the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S as I flesh out everything you want to know, and even things you might not know.
If you look at the picture above; that’s called a cars profile (when pictured from the side) and that view can tell you allot about a cars aerodynamic properties and give you a clear gist of what sort of vehicle it is regarding the proportions.
As you can see, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S is wide and has a pretty darn long front and a small petite booty. The car is almost completely organic; lacking a lot of sharp lines and prancing in muscular powerful lines that edge out perfectly. I really love this car, and if it were a women I would date this German mistress without hesitation and maybe fall in love and get married.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this very well engineered German business machine is the fact that it looks so beautiful, unlike other German cars that frankly look like they were made to function well and not do anything else besides that. It sort of reminds me of the Jaguar E-Type which probably is one the most beautiful classic cars out there.
This car boasts moderate numbers but performs better than most exotics out there.
Enough flirt, let’s get down to business. The new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S brings the M178 engine into play; the M178 is the 4.0-liter, twin turbo V-8 engine that slurps 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in return (Standard GT makes 456 hp and 443 lb-ft) the same engine is used in the new C63 AMG S but produces 516 lb-ft of torque.
Nothing too special when you look at it in terms of bigger/more is better but when you realize how much is enough to get a car so balanced, you wouldn’t question the numbers no more. The older Mercedes SLS made more power – 563 hp and an equal amount (479 lb-ft) of torque but was half a second slower in the figure eight and couldn’t handle its tail at all.
The engines power is routed through a carbon-fiber torque tube to the same seven-speed dual-clutch trans-axle found in the Mercedes SLS. Every serious car enthusiast knows you don’t need massive numbers to create a supercar, just look at the Nissan GT R.
If you happen to select the Dynamic Plus package which connects the trans-axle, the engine and the torque tube to the car via magnetic fluid-filled mounts that work wonders to improved handling miles ahead of the older SLS. (Oh, you probably noticed that the Gullwing doors are gone) and that was a decision by Mercedes-Benz that makes the older SLS a much more valuable and collectible car.
So how did Mercedes decide to fix the oversteer on a car that is rear-wheel drive biased and is already known to have oversteer history? They had a genius solution; the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Dynamic Plus-equipped car seizes up the trans-axle mounts during corners and just 30 milliseconds later seizes up the engine mounts which eliminates the pendulum effect of the power-train’s mass hence no oversteer.
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and takes just 11.6 seconds to complete the quarter mile at a 124.2 mph trap speed. Sadly though, the GT S fails to even come close to the two AWD monsters; the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S which strikes the 0-60 mph time in 2.7 seconds and the 2016 Nissan GTR which does the deed in 2.74 seconds. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S was meant to take on the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Huracan offering similar exotic luxury with a smaller price tag and less power – 107 hp less than the Monstrous Huracan which produces 610 hp.
If you were considering to purchase the 550 hp Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, which does the 0-60 mph time in 3.6 seconds and marks the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds at 122.3 mph you might be 0.1 seconds happier. Braking is pretty good in the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S thanks to these beefy Carbon Ceramic brakes that can stop the big-beauty from 60-0 mph in 100 feet – but the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S can do the same thing in 98 feet using steel discs.. You really have to work hard to come close to almost 53 years of development which the 911 has gone through. But is the 911 half as good looking as the AMG GT S?
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrap all four wheels in a staggered formation that sees the rear get 295/30R20 and the front at 265/35R19, we can’t see how you can lose control with these boys on, I tried them and they feel like you added a fifth tire for extra grip (They are that good!) Pirelli needs to work a lot on their p zero’s to even come close to the performance of these Michelin’s.
(The Verdict): The Mercedes AMG GT S could go down as one of the best cars ever made!
There has to be an end for every beginning, and you probably figured out I love the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S because it is a very serious car that does not try too hard to be anything more than what it is, it always tells you the truth through the connection you have between it and the road, it is effortlessly beautiful and most of all it is always trying to please your eyes and ears – That ladies and gentleman is the recipe to a perfect car that will always have you looking back when you leave it.
It’s times like these when you have to decide whether you might want to please your ego or your heart; your heart tells you to buy the glorious beautiful AMG GT S but your ego might be telling you to go for the faster 911 Turbo S.