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2020 Mercedes-Benz GT Review

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GT ranks in the top third of the highly competitive luxury sports car class. It offers muscular engine performance, rewarding driving dynamics, and a posh interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Many standard tech and safety features
  • High-quality interior
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Some complex infotainment controls

New for 2020

  • Restyled coupe and roadster models
  • Track-tuned GT R PRO model joins lineup
  • GT S coupe discontinued

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GT's #10 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Mercedes-Benz GT has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 7.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Mercedes-AMG GT a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 AMG GT is an excellent luxury sports car. The GT is a blast to drive on winding roads. This Mercedes is also astoundingly quick in a straight line because of its direct steering, finely tuned suspension, and lineup of brawny six- and eight-cylinder engines.

It’s the overall refinement that makes the GT truly special. It’s comfortable enough to drive on broken pavement and in everyday traffic. There are lots of standard tech and safety features. The stylish and well-trimmed cabin is a feast for the senses, and there’s even decent cargo space. For 2020, the AMG GT family includes two-door coupe and convertible models, as well as a four-door sedan.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-AMG GT?

The AMG GT is a great pick in this class, but so are a number of rivals. Before buying, test-drive the Porsche 911, BMW 8 Series, and Chevrolet Corvette. The 911 is a perennial favorite because of its balanced handling, distinctive flat-six engines, and urbane interior. The 8 Series is offered in sleek coupe, convertible, and sedan models, much like the AMG. Finally, the Corvette delivers high-performance driving at a more affordable price point. All are great options.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mercedes-AMG GT?

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been around since 2015, and there have been several noteworthy updates since then. The car initially debuted as the Mercedes-AMG GT S coupe, and it boasted a 503-horsepower engine. The GT S was followed in 2017 by a less expensive GT coupe with 456 horsepower. For 2018, a soft-top roadster variant arrived, as well as GT C and GT R models that offered 550 and 577 horsepower, respectively. The 2019 model year saw the biggest update yet with the debut of a four-door sedan body style.

Updates for 2020 are mainly focused on the coupe and roadster. These models have refreshed styling and larger infotainment screens, and they now support Apple CarPlay, which was previously exclusive to the sedan. A track-tuned GT R PRO coupe also arrives, though the midrange GT S model is dropped.

If these recent updates are important to you, stick with a 2020 model. However, you could save money by shopping for a used GT while still finding similar performance and body styles.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 AMG GT and 2019 AMG GT reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 20 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 20 Mercedes-AMG GT reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2020 AMG GT review incorporates applicable research for the 2018 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-AMG GT Cost?

The AMG GT family has a wide range of prices. The least expensive model is the AMG GT 53 sedan, which has a starting MSRP of $99,950. Prices for the two-door coupe and roadster models start at $115,900 and $127,900, respectively. At the top of the lineup is the track-ready GT R PRO coupe, which retails for $199,650.

Sporty but less expensive models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup include the SLC roadster ($48,950), E-Class coupe ($64,350), and CLS sedan ($69,950).

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Mercedes-AMG GT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-AMG GT or Audi R8?

The Audi R8 is a midengine supercar. It has a brawny V10 engine that makes up to 602 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a racy physique that points to its performance. From a driving perspective, both the Audi and Mercedes are fun, fast, and rewarding. Ultimately, pricing and features may be the deciding factor between these two. The R8 costs considerably more than the AMG, with prices starting at $170,000. The AMG offers far more tech and safety features and a larger cargo area than the R8, and it has the flexibility of two- and four-seat variants. The Audi is a two-seater only.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-AMG GT or Porsche Panamera?

If you’re eyeing the four-door AMG GT sedan, you may want to consider the Porsche Panamera. This super luxury car follows a formula similar to the AMG GT’s. Both sedans have spacious rear seats, roomy cargo areas, and powerful engine options. Both also offer many of the same safety and convenience features. The Panamera has a lower base price of $87,200, making it a less expensive option than the AMG. Overall, both models are great choices. Test-drive each to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-AMG GT or Mercedes-Benz SL?

The AMG GT is a great car, but if you just want a powerful and luxurious convertible, the Mercedes-Benz SL is an excellent option. The SL starts at around $91,000, which is nearly $37,000 less than the standard GT convertible. It offers quick acceleration, good fuel economy (up to 20/28 mpg), and more cargo room than the soft-top GT. The SL also delivers a truly supple ride, though it doesn’t feel quite as responsive and poised through turns as the GT. If peak performance is a must, the AMG GT should be your pick. Otherwise, go with the SL.

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GT Performance

GT Engine: Fast, Faster, and Fastest

There’s truly no underpowered engine in the AMG GT lineup. The entry-level GT 53 sedan is outfitted with a 429-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. It can launch this Mercedes from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds.

All other models come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which is offered in varying states of tune. In the coupe and roadster, this engine produces 469, 550, or 577 horsepower, depending on trim. In the sedan, it provides 577 or 630 horsepower. Each of these models can blast to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

The numbers tell only half the story, though. It’s the way that the AMG GT accelerates that makes it so impressive. The throttle is responsive and easy to modulate, and there’s a glut of engine torque across the rev range, helping the GT slingshot up to speed smoothly. The GT’s gearbox deserves part of this praise.

The coupe and roadster models come with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions and rear-wheel drive; the sedans have a nine-speed automatic with 4Matic all-wheel drive. Both transmissions provide slick and well-timed gear changes. Drivers can also change gears on their own, using the steering wheel shift paddles.

GT Gas Mileage: Subpar Even for a Sports Car

Fuel economy is not one of the GT’s highlights. The six-cylinder GT 53 earns an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The V8-equipped models fare much worse, ranging from 15 to 16 mpg in the city to 20 to 22 mpg on the highway.

GT Ride and Handling: Perfect Balancing Act

The AMG GT is very enjoyable to drive. The GT coupe and roadster carve corners with impressive stability and control. The steering is responsive and well-weighted, and the big brakes provide confident stopping power. The GT also rides quite comfortably for a sports car. Bumps and dips in the road are filtered out nicely, especially in models equipped with the Ride Control adaptive suspension, which has comfort and sport modes.

The GT sedan behaves a bit differently. You can tell it’s a heavy car – it doesn’t change direction as quickly as its lighter siblings – but it manages to stay composed and flat through turns. Part of the magic is the standard adaptive suspension, as well as Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which can shuttle torque to whichever wheels have the most grip.

While every AMG GT model is a blast to drive, the GT R variants are the best for track-day events. These race-tuned models have a stiffer manually adjustable suspension, four-wheel steering, and powerful brakes.

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GT Interior

How Many People Does the GT Seat?

The AMG GT roadster and coupe have two seats. The standard seats are nicely sculpted and supportive, and they’re comfy enough for long-distance cruising. There’s sufficient head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. That said, the gear lever is placed pretty far back on the center console, making for an awkward reach for most drivers. The low-slung seating position and small windows also hamper rear visibility, especially in coupe models. The convertible’s power-folding soft top fixes some of these issues; it can be lowered and raised in 11 seconds.

The AMG GT sedan has four seats. The front seats are similarly plush and supportive. Despite the car’s sloping roofline, the rear seats are surprisingly spacious, and they can accommodate two adults comfortably. Available upgrades include heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats. Heated rear seats, heated armrests, and climate-controlled cupholders are also available.

GT and Car Seats

The AMG GT sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats. The two-seat roadster and coupe models do not have LATCH connectors. We do not recommend installing a car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

GT Interior Quality

The AMG GT has a handsome interior with clean lines and high-quality materials, including upholstered surfaces, metal and carbon fiber accents, and soft-touch plastics. The cabin is fairly quiet, interrupted occasionally by the charming rumble, crackle, and pop of the exhaust.

GT Cargo Space

The AMG GT coupe has 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s about average for a luxury sports car. It’s easy to access this area thanks to the car’s hatchback design. The GT roadster has a conventional trunk, but it has only 5.8 cubic feet of room. Mercedes-Benz has not released cargo dimensions for the four-door GT, but this model has a similarly practical hatchback layout.

GT Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Updates for 2020 streamline a number of features among the AMG GT models. The GT coupe and roadster now come standard with a sleek 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and four speakers. The GT sedan adds a 14-speaker Burmester stereo, wireless device charging, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, which blends seamlessly with the gauge cluster.

Overall, both layouts look fresh and modern, but managing some functions could be easier. The sedan’s infotainment system is controlled using a touchpad on the center console. It tends to be sensitive, often registering accidental inputs, and it can be distracting to use while on the go. The coupe and convertible models have a straightforward rotary knob setup, though a touchpad is available.

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GT Reliability

Is the Mercedes-AMG GT Reliable?

The 2020 AMG GT has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mercedes-AMG GT Warranty

Mercedes-Benz backs the AMG GT with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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GT Safety

GT Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 AMG GT. This is typical for high-end luxury vehicles.

GT Safety Features

All 2020 AMG GT models come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high-beam headlights. Sedan models also include standard blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, hands-free parking assist, and adaptive pivoting headlights.

Blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist are optional in coupe and roadster models. Adaptive cruise control is available in all body styles.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Dimensions and Weight

The AMG GT roadster and coupe are 15 feet long, while the four-door GT sedan is 16.6 feet long. The GT’s curb weight ranges from 3,516 to 4,758 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Built?

Mercedes-Benz builds the 2020 AMG GT in Germany.

Which Mercedes-AMG GT Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 AMG GT is offered in three body styles: coupe, roadster, and sedan. All coupe and roadster models have a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The GT sedan models have all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Engine options for the sedan include a turbocharged six-cylinder and a twin-turbo V8.

Every AMG GT model provides muscular acceleration, lithe handling, and a wealth of high-end features, so your choice will largely depend on your budget and preferred body style. For many shoppers, it’ll be the GT 53 sedan. It’s the most practical option in this lineup because of its four-seat layout. It’s also the least expensive at just a hair under $100,000.

Mercedes-AMG GT

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT coupe starts at $115,900, and the GT roadster starts at $127,900. These two-seaters come standard with a 469-horsepower V8 engine, a limited-slip rear differential, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, satellite radio, four speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, MB-Tex synthetic leather upholstery, heated seats, and heated side mirrors are also standard. The roadster has a power-folding soft top.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights with automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a driver drowsiness monitor.

Options include proximity keyless entry ($800), leather upholstery ($1,900), ventilated seats ($450), a panoramic sunroof ($1,260), a 10-speaker Burmester stereo ($1,300), blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist ($875), adaptive cruise control ($2,250), an adaptive suspension ($1,500), 19- and 20-inch wheels ($1,000 to $2,200), and a larger front splitter with a fixed-position rear wing ($2,850).

Mercedes-AMG GT C

The AMG GT C coupe has a starting MSRP of $150,900, and the GT C roadster is priced at $162,400. These models have a 550-horsepower V8 engine, and extended fenders give it racy wide-body styling. It adds staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, four-wheel steering, upgraded brakes, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, a 10-speaker stereo, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof (coupe only), blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.

Most options carry over unchanged. New additions include carbon ceramic brakes ($8,950) and an 11-speaker Burmester surround-sound system ($4,500).

Mercedes-AMG GT R

The AMG GT R coupe costs $162,900, and the GT R roadster starts at $190,745. These models boast a 577-horsepower V8 engine, carbon fiber chassis bracing, and a manually adjustable coilover suspension. However, the GT R trims loses a number of convenience features in the name of saving weight, including proximity keyless entry, heated side mirrors, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, ventilated seats, and the 10-speaker Burmester stereo, though these items remain available. Most other options carry over unchanged.

Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO

The coupe-only AMG GT R PRO retails for $199,650. This limited-edition model shares the same engine and standard features as the GT R and adds a carbon fiber roof, matte carbon fiber interior trim, high-performance carbon ceramic brakes, and larger aerodynamic elements.

Mercedes-AMG GT 53

The AMG GT 53 is the entry-level sedan model. It starts at $99,950 and comes with a 429-horsepower straight-six engine and all-wheel drive. The GT 53 sedan has all the standard features of the base GT coupe and roadster models, plus a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 14-speaker Burmester stereo, an extra USB port, and wireless device charging. Proximity keyless entry, a power trunk lid, remote start, a sunroof, an adaptive suspension, adaptive pivoting headlights, blind spot monitoring, and hands-free park assist are also standard.

The available Driver Assistance package ($2,250) adds adaptive cruise control with steering assist, a more-advanced collision warning system, as well as speed limit and traffic sign detection. The Executive Rear Seat package ($3,550) adds tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear touch screen, heated and cooled cupholders, rear wireless device charging, two rear USB ports, and split-folding rear seats.

Individual options include leather upholstery ($2,990), ventilated front seats ($450), massaging front seats ($1,320), heated rear seats ($580), a rear sunshade ($150), soft-close doors ($550), a cabin air fragrance system ($550), a 25-speaker Burmester stereo ($4,550), a surround-view parking camera system ($500), a head-up display ($990), and 20- and 21-inch wheels ($750 to $3,950).

Mercedes-AMG GT 63

The uplevel AMG GT 63 sedan starts at $140,250, and it features a 577-horsepower V8 engine. This trim adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a rear sunshade, an adaptive air suspension, four-wheel steering, and uprated brakes. Most options carry over, and you can add carbon ceramic brakes ($8,950).

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S

The racy AMG GT 63 S sedan goes for $161,200. It boasts a 630-horsepower V8 engine and 20-inch wheels and comes with the same standard and available features as the GT 63.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT is a fantastic luxury sports car. It accelerates ferociously, slices confidently around turns, and rewards drivers with its top-notch interior. It is quite expensive, however, and competes against some very fun yet more affordable models. Before you buy, test-drive other options in this segment, like the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "From mild to wild, AMG will have a car for you, and after sampling both the base and range-topping models, I can confidently say that you won't be disappointed with any version of this swoopy stunner." -- CNET (2019)
  • "If you're in the market for a four-door sports car, the GT 4-Door Coupe is very good. Especially in 63 S form. … If we'd gotten more time behind the wheel, the GT 4-Door Coupe's weaknesses may have started to show. But it made a solid first impression on both the road and the track, and when it goes on sale, the [Porsche] Panamera's going to have some serious competition." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "Coupe or roadster, from the base car to the hotted-up R model, the AMG GTs are visually arresting, blindingly fast, and extraordinarily rewarding to drive. And, at least for now, they're even rarer than some Ferraris." -- Car and Driver (2018)
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