Mercedes introduces an updated AMG GT, discontinues GT S trim

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the beefed-up AMG GT Black Series model, its most powerful V-8 sports car to date. But the base AMG GT is also getting a bit of extra attention with a more powerful engine and some additional features and tech.

The introduction of the updated AMG GT also marks the end of the line for the AMG GT S trim, so Mercedes basically merged two entry-level models into one.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is significantly more powerful

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The new base AMG GT features a revised 4.0-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 523 horsepower.

That’s a notable 54 horses more than the previous AMG GT, rated at 469 horsepower, and eight horses more than the outgoing AMG GT S, which came with 515 horsepower on tap. The same figures apply for the Roadster version.

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This is the third power upgrade for the AMG GT. The entry-level model started out with 456 horsepower in 2015, while the GT S originally came with 503 horses on tap.

The AMG GT’s new power rating moves the entry-level model closer to the AMG GT C, which features a 550-horsepower V-8. That’s only 27 horses to set them apart. Compared to the GT R, rated at 577 horsepower, the new AMG GT lags behind by only 54 horses.

The Mercedes-AMG GT comes with more standard features

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Since the AMG GT and the GT S were merged into one model, the entry-level car now comes with features usually offered with the old GT S. The AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers are standard, as is the electronically-controled locking differential. Mercedes-Benz also added the AMG composite braking system with red calipers, a lithium-ion starter battery, and the Race driving mode.

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Options include the AMG Dynamic Plus package, which further enhances the car’s dynamics through dynamic engine and transmission mounts and an AMG Performance steering wheel in Dinamica microfiber. Opt for this bundle and you unlock the optional rear-wheel steering system.

The Mercedes-AMG GT is now available with the Night Edition package

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The Night Edition doesn’t do anything to enhance the AMG GT’s performance, but it adds black accents for a more menacing roof. The bundle includes black calipers, a dark chrome grille, wheels finished in matte black, and a carbon-fiber roof for the coupe model. Inside the cabin, the package adds black leather with diamond quilting and a steering wheel in black microfiber that mimics Alcantara.

How much does the new Mercedes-AMG GT cost?

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U.S. pricing information is not yet available, but the coupe retails from €119,079, while the roadster comes in at €130,679 before options in Europe. In the U.S., the old AMG GT starts from $115,900, so expect the new entry-level more to cost at least $125,000.

Ciprian Florea
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