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Fast, gorgeous and more affordable than its predecessor, the new AMG GT S may just be the best driving car Mercedes-Benz has ever made.

30 Oct 2015

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Anger will not control us nor will it define us but Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-Benz AMG previously) doesn't appear to be interested in any of that.

It doesn't really matter because most people like an angry AMG, and the angrier the better. In fact, no car better personifies vehicular anger than the all new Mercedes-AMG GT S.

The GT S is the new pinnacle sporting model available from the German marque. Instead of directly replacing the brand's last supercar offering, the SLS AMG, the new coupe forgoes big numbers to take on more everyday sports cars, such as the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe.

So with this less expensive but still pricey ($688,888 as of 23rd October 2015) flagship sports car, what has Mercedes wrought?

It's especially menacing from the front, with a wide grille, huge Mercedes badge and distinctive LED lighting

Exterior

At first glance, the GT S may seem like it's a simple evolution of the SLS as it carries over the same front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout with a long bonnet and tightly sloped rear end.



Of course, it is no less dramatic to look at, even though the matte grey colour of our test car wraps its muscular stance like a tailored suit. Its head-turning ability cannot be ignored too as we were constantly faced with extra eyeballs during our time with it.

Measuring 4,546mm x 1,939mm x 1,288mm (L x W x H), the GT S is only 92mm shorter, just as wide and 26mm lower than the SLS but upon approaching the new car for the first time in the metal, its tauter body panels, shorter overhangs and the swoopy new liftback-style rump make it appear significantly smaller and better proportioned.

Unfortunately, the GT S' smaller dimensions mean that it has ditched the SLS' gullwing doors, but the upside is that the car is a lot easier to get in and out of.

Huge 19-inch wheels with the red AMG brake callipers anchor the aggressive stance

Car Information

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S 4.0 (A)
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Price

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Engine Type

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V8 Biturbo

Engine Cap

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3982cc

Horsepower

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384kW (515 bhp) / 6250 rpm

Torque

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670 Nm / 4750 rpm

Transmission

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7-speed (A) AMG Speedshift DCT

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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3.8sec

Top Speed

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310km/h

Fuel consumption

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10.6 km/L

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