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2020 Mercedes-Benz GT Performance Review


Performance: 9.0

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT has a lineup of potent six- and eight-cylinder engines. This Mercedes accelerates quickly, feels responsive and agile around turns, and balances sharp handling with a civilized ride on rough pavement.

  • "The difference between the car's drive modes is easily noticeable on the road, with Comfort keeping the exhaust quieter and riding the most comfortably over pockmarked village streets. Sport and Sport+ up the ante considerably and deliver sharper still throttle response; Race is too intense for road driving." -- CNET
  • "The V8’s wide power band coordinated with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and rear-axle steering to fling the two-ton sedan up to speed. This made exiting low-speed turns and regaining triple-digit velocity effortless, as was slowing the GT with its optional carbon-ceramic brake system." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Driving enthusiasts willing and able to shell out for rare, high-horsepower alternatives to conventional sedans like the AMG GT 4-Door will savor the stiffer chassis and razor responsiveness. There’s a prevailing feeling of directness from behind the wheel, a connectedness that matches the deeply stylish interior and exterior." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The Mercedes-AMG GT is available with a wide array of engine options. They’re all powerful, and combined with quick-shifting transmissions are capable of rocketing the GT up to speed quickly. None is particularly fuel-efficient, though.

The GT coupe and roadster models have a 469-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The GT C has an uprated version with 550 horsepower, and the GT R models push the envelope with 577 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard.

The GT 63 and 63 S sedans also feature the twin-turbo V8, and it produces 577 and 630 horsepower, respectively. The entry-level GT 53 sedan has a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six and a mild-hybrid system, producing a total of 429 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive are standard.

The GT 53 with the six-cylinder engine returns an EPA-rated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Models with the V8 return a best of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, but these ratings drop to as low as 15/20 mpg city/highway for models with the higher-powered variants.

  • "The twin-turbo V-8 delivers a torrent of torque that must be carefully managed, especially since the peak of 516 lb-ft commences at a mere 2,100 rpm. Thankfully, the electronics are on your side. … The AMG's powerplant and power delivery is well-matched to the chassis in a way that means you're rarely surprised by anything." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Power is ready and ample everywhere in the rev range, and the transmission rips off smooth, perfectly timed shifts in its fully automatic setting. For drivers who prefer to be more involved, response to manual shifts using the steering wheel-mounted paddles is instant and satisfying." -- CNET (2019)
  • "Jamming the gas is thrilling, not only because of the engine's power but also thanks to the deep roar it makes under hard acceleration." -- Edmunds (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Mercedes-AMG GT strikes an ideal balance between ride quality and handling. The GT feels light and nimble, and it can carry tremendous speed through tight turns. The suspension shrugs off most bumps and dips in the road comfortably, especially in models with the adaptive AMG Ride Control system. The GT’s large brakes are very effective at slowing down the car.

  • "With the car's way-back seating position and rear-wheel steering, it feels as if the GT C pivots around me as I turn into a bend, making every curve and roundabout just that little bit more exciting. The electric power steering does feel a smidge nervous just off-center, yet as you dial in more angle it is supercar-quick and millimeter precise -- all the better to scythe up and down spaghetti-like stretches of road strewn over verdant hillsides." -- CNET
  • "With a firmed-up suspension, rear-wheel steering, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, active aero, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, the GT 4-Door Coupe feels much more suited to track driving than you'd expect. It's still a heavy car, but it handles its weight well. Unlike some other large performance cars, the GT 4-Door Coupe makes you want to go faster and push it harder. That's not always a guarantee, even with tons of power." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "Comfort isn't the AMG GT's reason for being, but thanks to the adjustable suspension and reasonably compliant seats, this car can handle long-haul duty almost as well as track duty." -- Edmunds (2018)
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