October 4, 2022

I drove the Mercedes-AMG GT. There are several GTs in the Mercedes lineup. I testedt he entry-level version of the GT Coupe, packing a twin-turbo V8 with 523 horsepower and 494 lb-ft of torque. It remained in the fleet as a 2021 model as Mercedes struggled to build V8s in 2022 due to supply chain issues.

I spent a fair amount of time in the AMG GT, a lot of it stuck in traffic and routing around a sea of orange construction barrels. When I could uncork the AMG GT, it was rapid (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds) and had phenomenal grip. The V8 sounds robust. It’s not exceptionally light. But it has a stately presence that reminded me a bit of the 1988 560SL my parents had and unwisely sold. And it looks the part of the aggressive sports car, particularly with my tester’s $9,150 Stealth Edition appearance package.

The AMG GT is nearing the end of its model run, which went into production in 2014. And while the materials — Nappa leather and black piano lacquer — were sumptuous, interiors have taken a step forward since then. The AMG GT felt cramped and not very ergonomic and the touchpad infotainment system felt a bit dated.

There are two main issues with the AMG GT. First, it’s expensive. My base model started at $118,600 and ended up at $137,050. Heated and ventilated seats and the premium sound system had to be added. The second issue is that the Porsche 911 exists and is the default choice for this type of sports car until proven otherwise. Perhaps Mercedes will do so next time around. – Tyler Duffy

Base Price (As Tested): $118,600 ($137,050)

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