With its long nose and swept-back cabin, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT revived the image of its sports car ancestors, starting with the original 300 SL and moving to the SLR and the last SLS. There is a reason for this design, the long muzzle means the AMG GT powerful V8 engine sits behind the front axle, improving overall vehicle balance. Placing the driver so close to the rear wheels creates a unique driving experience, once again reminding of a classic sports car.
As the AMG SLS successor, the GT is more advanced, easier to drive, better performance and more affordable sports car. It will give blazing acceleration in a straight line, but it can also go around corners with precision and maximum engagement. A very communicative steering system should seal the deal for you.
Furthermore, its beautiful style and interior design certainly helped the AMG GT stand out a little more than the relatively tough Porsche 911. Precise engineering and craftsmanship also give it a high step on the go-fastest version of the Jaguar F-Type, a car that starts at a much lower price. However, any sports car in this price range will definitely give a big smile on your face whether you are bombing along your favorite back road or just admiring it in the driveway. In both cases, the beautiful GT is just as desired as those letters AMG promise.
Four new models join the lineup. The new GT C is offered as a coupe and Roadster, while the base GT is now available as a drop-top Roadster. The GT R significantly increases its performance. The base GT and GT S gets a newly designed fascia along with modest horsepower and torque increases.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT is a rear-wheel-drive, two-seat sports car that available in four models: the base GT, GT S, GT C and the hardcore GT R.
The base GT is available as a coupe or convertible called the GT Roadster. Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, a mechanical limited-slip differential, keyless ignition and entry, forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking, parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory functions, heated eight-way power-adjustable seats, simulated-leather and suede upholstery, a navigation system, the COMAND infotainment interface, an 8.4-inch center infotainment display and a four-speaker sound system. Convertible models come with a standard neck heating system and dual roll bars.
Options include a panoramic roof, Burmester stereo system, black exterior trim appearance package, an aerodynamics package. Buyers can also opt for a variety of wheels, driver-adjustable exhaust and adaptive dampers.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT S gets more sophisticated tools in the form of electronic control for the dampers and limited-slip differential along with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels and 640-watt, 10-speaker Burmester stereo system. You also have access to a more aggressive Race driving mode and can adjust the loudness of the exhaust. Options are similar to the base model, but the GT S can be added with a Dynamic Plus package that increases the V8 powerband and adds a more aggressive suspension calibration and drivetrain mounts. Extreme performance sport tires, carbon-ceramic brakes and a high-end 1,000-watt Burmester stereo system are also available.
The new GT C available in both coupe and convertible called the GT C Roadster. It’s 2.3 inches wider in the rear and used to house wider wheels and a rear-wheel steering system that improves high-speed stability and low-speed agility. The GT C rides on adjustable and continuously variable dampers and has a sharper setup thanks to the standard Dynamic Plus package, which adds stiffer engine and transmission mounts and broaden the power delivery.
The most powerful GT R model further adds carbon-fiber bodywork, a big rear wing, large and lightweight forged wheels with extremely aggressive tires plus a manual adjustable coil-over suspension. It even has a nine-mode traction control system from Mercedes’ GT3 racecar. The GT R doesn’t have features that are standard on lower models since its focus on performance, but most are available as options.
Every 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. Power sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base GT version of this engine produces 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, while the GT S produces 515 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque. The GT C offers an even higher engine output with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. The GT R has the most powerful engine that good for 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
In performance testing, the AMG GT S accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, the GT R and GT C Roadster did it at 3.2 and 3.3 seconds. It’s a quick time for this class of car, though some rival sports cars post even better numbers.
The EPA estimates fuel economy will return 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), which is respectable considering the GT huge power.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT cockpit is beautiful. Material, design and workmanship are all excellent. You can customize spaces with different upholstery materials, contrast stitches and trim choices such as matte or glossy carbon fiber. The 8-inch screen offers sharp graphics, but it looks like an iPad mounted above the central vent and is one of the few non-elegant touches in this handsome cabin.
For some drivers, the 2018 AMG GT may be a little uncomfortable. The seats are well-bolstered for spirit driving, but their thin padding makes the GT AMG quite uncomfortable and makes you not always want to take it on a long trip. Taller drivers may not be able to slide or recline the seatback far enough to feel comfortable. Outward visibility is limited by thick front roof pillars, low windshield heads and long hoods.
There are 12.4 cubic feet of useful cargo space under the hatch, which is about what you would expect from a traditional four-seat coupe. This space is not usually shaped, so a soft luggage bag is a good choice, but you can squeeze a few golf bags there if necessary.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing for the base GT start around $113,500 (include $995 destination charge). The GT C Roadster had a base price of $157,000, while the GT R Coupe tops the range at $158,000.