Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door review

Category: Performance car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 centre controller
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 front right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 rear left tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 centre console
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 wide front tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 high front tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 high rear tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 front seats 2
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door 2019 centre controller
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

AMG’s fabulous 4.0-litre V8 has been tweaked to produce 630bhp for the top-level GT 63 S derivative, backed up by 664lb ft of torque. Now, there was a time when 0-60mph in around seven seconds was worth bragging about. But the GT 63 S will bang out that speed in a mere 3.2sec; in 7.2sec it's doing 100mph, and we know that to be true because we've tested it.

For the record that's just a little faster than a Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Deploy The GT 4-door's highly effective launch control software — this synchronises its engine's output perfectly with the traction available from its 4Matic four-wheel-drive system — and it’s not even tricky to achieve those acceleration figures time after time.

That said, the engine's power delivery becomes quite docile under a light throttle and it's a doddle to drive smoothly when you're not embarrassing supercars away from the lights. The nine-speed gearbox works slickly through its gears in auto mode, and the only issue arises when nudging the car backwards and forwards into a tight parking spot — it tends to lunge in either direction, rather than allow you to tickle it carefully those last few centimeters. In manual mode the changes are brilliantly fast, and the brakes (either the standard steel or optional carbon ceramic variants) are powerful but oh-so easy to meter.

It weighs more than two tonnes, but this five-metre-long behemoth is still much lighter than a Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid — of course it is, the Panamera has its hybrid system's batteries weighing it down. As a result, the GT 4-door feels quite a bit lighter and nimbler than the E-Hybrid (less so relative to non-hybrid versions of the Panamera). Okay, it leans a little more when you really push it on a track, but on the road you barley notice this and can simply delight in the GT's hunkered-down feel.

If you switch its adjustable air suspension to either Sport or Sport + modes the vertical body movements, over even tortuous humps taken at high speed, are beautifully controlled for a car of its mass. And there's no shortage of fun here, either. Its four-wheel drive system delivers added playfulness compared to the Panamera's, which feels technically very proficient but not that exciting. In the GT 4-door you can revel in the feeling as the rear end squats and squirms when you prod the accelerator with enthusiasm out of turns, or you can switch the GT to full rear-wheel-drive mode — if you’re determined to smoke it like a deranged joyrider.

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