Mercedes refreshed its flagship sports car by adding more to an already impressive package

The AMG GT represents everything that’s right about a Grand Touring car. It has a luscious body with that classic long hood that houses a high-performance engine, namely the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, the widened hips, the low roofline coupled with a generous windshield and the rounded, cheeky-looking, tail end. It’s good for a day at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in the same way it could cope with miles upon miles behind trucks on the Autobahn or stranded at a stop light in downtown Berlin. Believe it or not, it’s been four years since Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG GT. Now, the front-engined two-door sports car that replaced the gull-winged SLS received another restyle and was brought to the L.A. Auto Show. In the news are the AMG Dynamics integrated driving control systems, the exterior changes meant to bring the 2-door models closer in appearance to the AMG GT 4-door Coupe and a revitalized interior.

For 2020, Mercedes-Benz will offer the familiar AMG GT and GT S Coupe models, the AMG GT Convertible, the AMG GT R and, finally, the new AMG GT R PRO, a track-focused beast that’s among the five fastest road-legal cars to ever lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.

  • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Year:
    2020
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    469 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    464 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.0 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    189 mph
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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Exterior

  • C-Shaped Running Lamps from GT Coupe
  • New Diffuser, Exhaust tips
  • The GT Convertible features rectangular exhaust tips
  • New Wheel Designs
  • GT Convertible available with 10-double-spoke forged wheels
  • The GT Convertible is wider by almost 3 inches
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The Mercedes-AMG GT is the second sports car developed by AMG and was introduced in 2014 as the replacement for the AMG SLS.

The SLS, which strongly evoked the legendary 300 SL of the '50s, shares the same philosophy as the AMG GT although the latter presents itself as a rather more condensed package.

The SLS, with its naturally-aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8 was a whole 3.6 inches longer. The differences are particularly obvious at the back, the AMG GT having a much shorter rear overhang while it retains the prolonged front hood.

The design of the AMG GT is the work of a team led by Mark Fetherston and, while similar to previous front-engined Mercedes sports cars like the SLS and, more remotely, the SLR, it looks very much like its own thing and, due to the smaller proportions, actually feels more like a sports car and less like a laid-back tourer.

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Up front, you’re greeted by the rounded grille with chromed vertical bars. The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star is lavishly placed in the middle while the AMG logo barely found its way on the grille being placed in the lower right corner next to one of the two cameras that have been crudely placed between the bars.

The protruding 'mouth' of the AMG GT is flanked by the two headlights with their new C-shaped running daytime lights.

The light guide also takes up the task of the indicator while three reflectors placed within the arch of the main light guide are there to offer the main beam and dipped beam. It’s LED all the way in the case of the headlights and taillights.

The menacing stance of the front fascia is completed by the lower air intakes. The two rounded air inlets positioned on the extremities of the front end feature a horizontal strake each. They are connected by a narrow, blacked-out, crumple that runs in between, that’s only interrupted by the number plate holder. There’s also a frown-shaped intake that opens up in the middle, just above the lip of the splitter.

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The AMG GT C looks virtually identical to the coupe (in either GT or GT S guise) from the front while the more extreme GT R comes with added air vents that are carved on the corners of the nose as well as in between the two rounded air inlets below the headlights. All models share the two air vents positioned towards the top end of the hood, near the windshield, one in each corner.

From the side, the Mercedes AMG GT's svelte physique is clearly visible.

Whether riding on the new Y-spoke wheels, as seen at the Mercedes-Benz booth at the L.A. Auto Show, or the standard 10-spoke ones, the car looks fast. That’s, in part, because of the low roofline and, also, due to the fastback-style rear end. The white coupe example brought to the L.A. Auto Show has a blacked-out roof as well as blacked-out exterior rearview mirrors, both of which are standard. There’s also the classic air inlet just aft of the front wheels which is cut across by a bar with the ’V8 Biturbo’ lettering placed on it, just in case passersby are curious what engine your Merc is packing.

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At the tail end, the 2020 model year AMG GT sports a slightly remodeled diffuser painted in black with quad exhaust tips - round on the Coupe and more angular on the Cabriolet - and some taillights that now come with a dark background.

The AMG GT Convertible also has the extra air vent in between the narrow, elongated, taillights to set itself apart from the Coupe.

The AMG GT R, meanwhile, comes with a fixed spoiler at the back as well as a black side skirts that extend the rocker panels. A fixed wing is an optional extra for the more serene AMG GT and GT S models as well. Without the high-perched wing, the AMG GT only has a horizontal crease across the trunk that barely mimics an integrated spoiler.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 103.5 inches
Length 179.0 inches
Width 76.3 inches (GT, GT S), 79.0 inches (GT C, GT R)
Height 50.7 inches

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Interior

  • Standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment display
  • New colored display buttons, with TFT technology
  • Has newest AMG steering wheel
  • The GT-R features extra carbon fiber
  • AMG Track Pace package now standard
  • 12.2 cubic feet of cargo space, less than C7 Chevy Corvette.
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As nice as the AMG GT looks from the outside, and it really does, if you own one, you’ll spend the bulk of your time with it nestled inside the cabin. So, it’s no surprise that Mercedes-Benz took their time with the interior premises of their two-seater sports car. The end result is an area where old meets new in a sober, yet fascinating way. You have the tall center console that extends between the seats, the four retro-looking air vents atop the center console and the bucket seats that offer sufficient side support on the GT and GT S and plenty on the GT R.

Both the AMG GT Coupe and the Convertible come with two-tone Nappa leather inside as standard with Alcantara as one of the many upholstery options.

All of the models now come with a new steering wheel with a flattened bottom section and a heavily contoured rim. It features Touch Control buttons on the spokes that can be used to control the functions of the digital dash and the multimedia display. These two micro-displays are placed below the two horizontal spokes of the wheel.

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Behind the steering wheel, there’s the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that shows you everything you need to know: from the odometer and tachometer to the oil temperature and pressure, data regarding the driving mode you’re using, outside temperature, boost levels and more. There’s also a second, smaller, digital screen in the middle, positioned in a recessed area of the center console, right above the four air vents.

Mercedes says that the AMG GT features an "aviation design" theme that emphasizes the width of the dashboard itself that's made to look like a wing.

On the tall center console, there is an array of buttons, four on either side of the control unit for the infotainment system. Just in front of it, there’s a small space meant to store your sunglasses and, there, you can also find the controls for the A/C.

One of the new functionalities on the AMG GT is the AMG Track Pace suite that records data from your on-track activities and then displays them to you in real time. For instance, lap and sector times are displayed, as well as the respective difference to a reference time. In total, Mercedes claims that the Track Pace suite has 80 vehicle-specific sets of data it stores and can show you.

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What’s more, the AMG Dynamics suite has been made available to all AMG GT models. Now you can select between the ’Slippery,’ ’Comfort,’ ’Sport,’ ’Sport Plus,’ ’Race,’ and ’Individual’ driving programs. According to the German automaker, the system helps the ESP work better according to the driving program that you opted for. "The system uses the available sensors that detect the speed, the steering angle or the yaw rate, for instance. Based on the pilot-control principle it is possible to anticipate the vehicle behavior on the basis of the driver’s actions [and react]," said Mercedes in a statement. The AMG Dynamics system has a number of modes: ’Basic,’ ’Advanced,’ ’Pro,’ and ’Master.’ In the ’Basic’ mode you can choose between the ’Slippery’ and ’Comfort’ programs while ’Advanced’ kicks in when you go for the ’Sport’ program. ’Sport Plus’ unravels in the ’Pro’ mode while the ’Master’ mode, only available on the GT C and the GT R includes the ’Race’ and ’Individual’ programs.

Finally, there’s practicality.

Of course, most people who'll ever own one of those don't really care how big the trunk is but, for the record, the AMG GT sports a 12.2 cubic feet cargo space (or 10.1 cubic feet with the load cover shut) that's easily accessible since the lid opens upwards like on a hatchback.

With that being said, it’s not particularly deep and, for instance, a Corvette C7 or a Jaguar F-Type both beat an AMG GT in terms of cargo space with 15 and 14.3 cubic feet respectively. Even a Porsche 911, largely thanks to the presence of rear seats, can host more stuff than the 2-seater AMG GT. The GT Cabriolet has only 5.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the top down, which is still more than the mid-engine Audi R8.

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What’s more important, though, is that AMG’s flagship model is not cramped inside. Actually, just about anybody can fit in it and, not only that, but the seats are comfortable enough to leave your back intact even after a long drive down the highway.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Drivetrain

  • GT and GTS powertrains carry over
  • The GT C upgraded to 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque
  • The AMG GT R has updated suspension
  • Standard AMG Dynamics Pack
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There is little to choose from when it comes to the engine and transmission on the AMG GT.

Every model comes fitted with the M178 4.0-liter, DOHC, twin-turbocharged V-8 with a cast aluminum alloy engine block and cylinder head.

It develops 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque between 1,700 and 5,300 rpm on the AMG GT. On the GT S, the power spikes up to 515 horsepower while torque also goes up to 494 pound-feet.

The Convertible has 550 horsepower on tap and 502 pound-feet of torque. This helps the 3,630 pounds car reach a top speed of 197 mph and sprint to 62 mph in under 4 seconds. The GT and GT S models are a bit slower with top speeds between 188 and 192 mph. However, the fixed-head versions are slightly lighter at 3,560 pounds.

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The power on each of the models, including the beefed-up GT R with all of its 580 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, reaches the back wheels through the same 7-speed AMG Speedshift DCT transmission. Steering on this car is by rack and pinion. Multi-link independent suspension is present all around.

As an option, the GT S (as well as the GT R and GT R PRO) come with rear axle steering.

While this does aid cornering, some pundits criticized the car’s steering, Evo Magazine saying it "feels nervous and a bit remote."

The Mercedes’ only problem is that there’s a lot of competition in the sports car segment. Take the Audi R8, for example. It has that well-known naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 which is capable of 540 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. All that power - 25 horsepower over the GT S - reaches all four wheels through a 7-speed transmission. The added power and traction comes with almost 200 extra pounds than the Mercedes and a steeper MSRP that ranges between $165,000 and $194,000.

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Meanwhile, a basic AMG GT is over $50,000 cheaper, and even the AMG GT R has a base price $8,000 below that of an R8 with no added goodies. The McLaren 540 and the Lamborghini Huracan, meanwhile, are even more expensive than that but, more importantly, the new 992 Porsche 911 slips in at a similar price tag of about $110,000 - $125,000 with all of its 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque available on the Carrera S version.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Specifications

Mercedes-AMG GT (figures for Roadster in brackets) Mercedes-AMG GT S (figures for Roadster in brackets) Mercedes-AMG GT C (values for Roadster in parentheses) Mercedes-AMG GT R Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc 3982 cc 3982 cc
Output 350 kW (469 hp) at 6000 rpm 384 kW (515 hp) at 6250 rpm 410 kW (549 hp) at 5750-6750 rpm 430 kW (577 hp) at 6250 rpm
Peak torque 630 Nm at 1900-5000 rpm 670 Nm at 1900-5000 rpm 680 Nm at 2100-5500 rpm 700 Nm at 2100-5500 rpm
Fuel consumption, combined 11.4 l/100 km (11.5 l/100 km) 11.5 l/100 km (11.5 l/100 km) 12.4 l/100 km (12.5 l/100 km) 12.4 l/100 km
CO2 emissions, combined 261 g/km (262 g/km) 262 g/km (262 g/km) 284 g/km (284 g/km) 284 g/km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.0 s (4.0 s) 3.8 s (3.8 s) 3.7 s (3.7 s) 3.6 s
Top speed 304 km/h (302 km/h) 310 km/h (308 km/h) 317 km/h (316 km/h) 318 km/h

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Pricing

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As illustrated above, the Mercedes-AMG GT isn’t the most expensive car in its class. Indeed, you can get an AMG GT Coupe for just $112,000, but a Convertible will cost you an extra $22,000 while the AMG GT R comes at a hefty $157,000.

Obviously, you can go on the used car market and find older examples for less than that. The ballpark you’re looking at is around $85,000 to $105,000 for a standard model that’s already a couple or more years old. The AMG GT R models, meanwhile, actually are advertised for more with prices reaching $185,000.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Competition

Audi R8

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The Audi R8 remains, after a decade since its introduction, the only 2-seater, 2-door sports car manufactured by the marque with the four rings. What you can expect from it is perfect build quality, crazy attention to detail and solid performance all around. The R8 moved to the second generation model back in 2015 when the redesigned car was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. Since then, it has continued to evolve, and a facelift was recently this year.

The standard model offers 540 horsepower at a ludicrous 8,250 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm where many other cars run into the red line. The R8 Plus version comes with 50 additional horsepower and 15 more torques. This translates to a 0 to 62 mph time of under 4 seconds (3.2 seconds, to be precise, in the case of the R8 Plus) and a top speed in the 200 mph region. All that in a car that weighs between 3,520 and 3,750 pounds - if you go for the Spyder.

It’s hard to fault the R8, then. You can maybe point out to its MSRP which surpasses that of the Mercedes or, maybe, the tiny cargo space underneath the front hood but, still, you have to remember that the R8 is a dedicated sports car with a supercar mindset, not a grand tourer like the AMG GT.

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi R8.

Chevrolet Corvette C7

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The Chevrolet Corvette, now in its seventh generation, can be seen as the best deal in the sports car market. It offers great performance for the money while also being able to act as a relaxed GT.

The 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V-8 develops 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque on the standard model. Power is managed by a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. You can choose the Gran Sport package if you want better tires, six-piston front brakes, electronically controlled differential and the magnetic ride suspension.

The Corvette has an MSRP of $64,845. In other words, you can buy a C7 and a mid-range Audi A4 and still spend almost $10,000 less than the base price of the AMG GT. Obviously, you won’t get the same quality materials you can in the cabin of the German sports car but, beyond that, you can hardly beat the Corvette. What is more, the Chevy also has a combined fuel consumption of 11.6 mpg, basically identical to that of the Mercedes.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette.

Final Thoughts

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The Mercedes-AMG GT in its various guises is one of the best-looking cars in its class. It offers a whole lot of technology and performance for an acceptable price given the build quality and, above all, the badge that sits on that gaping mouth up front.

Arguably, it’s more practical than the model it replaced, the SLS, due to its smaller proportions and Mercedes’ decision to desert the gullwing doors in favor of more traditional ones. The car’s strong points are its interior, the engine, and the fact that it’s also fun to drive, wanting to slide around even though the Michelins try their best to keep everything in check. It’s a more mischevious proposition than a 911, that’s for sure and, unless you’re a die-hard Porsche fan, the better looking of the two.

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    • You can get similar thrills in the much more affordable Corvette
    • The sports car/entry-level supercar market is packed with models, all of which are great in their own ways

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes AMG GT R Roadster.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

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