What's the used Mercedes AMG GT sports like?
First, many moons ago, there was the magnificent SLS, a 6.2-litre V8, gullwing-doored two-seater super-fast monster of extreme looks and extravagant proportions, not to mention unsubtle behaviour. There was a coupe version and an open-top one too. Both of them spent most of their time sideways in an excess of enthusiastic zeal.
When the time came to produce a higher volume car, one that was smaller and easier to drive and a more realistic everyday proposition, at least relatively, the AMG GT took its cues from this exceptional car. It has a big engine at the front, the driver sits practically over the rear wheels and an automatic gearbox is your only choice. You could, eventually, choose once again between coupe and drop-top Roadster, when the convertible version of the car was introduced a year or so after the hard-top.
Approach a corner and the surprisingly light steering is quick, responsive and eager, and the grip levels deeply impressive. Its handling is flat and firm and well balanced, with hardly any body lean, and it’s possible to flick the car around rather in the manner of the older SLS, with a hint of tail-out action if wanted. It’s exciting stuff, even if it’s not quite as subtle as one or two of its rivals. Likewise, the ride is rather firm, and it can become rather unsettled, although the Roadster always feels solidly constructed and free from any of the shakes that can plague convertible cars.
Lower yourself into the tight-fitting interior and you’ll find an excellent but cramped for taller drivers driving position, with plenty of electrical adjustment to the steering wheel. The fit and finish looks first class, and the high centre console and polished display and huge buttons for some of the major and minor controls all up the sense of drama. It’s two-seat only in here, of course, and rear visibility isn’t the greatest; it’s also quite difficult to see the front of the long bonnet. There is, however, a good-sized boot accessed via a practical rear hatch tailgate.
The AMG GT range, both coupe and Roadster, was facelifted in 2019, with, among other updates inherited from the new four-door version of the car, new lights, restyled bumpers, new wheel designs, fully digital instruments, a new infotainment system, an upgraded steering wheel and new traction and stability control software. The replacing of the older models' rotary control for the infotainment with a 'thumbpad'-style arrangement, and the deletion of a number of the shortcut menu buttons from the system, do make the new set-up slightly less intuitive than it was.