I have to give it to Mercedes, they milked as much as they could from the C190 AMG GT chassis. Launched for the 2015 model year, the lineup includes the GT, GT S, GT C, GT R, GT R Pro, GT and GT C Roadster, GT Black Series, and the track-only GT Track Series. Missing from that list is today’s car, the GT R Roadster. Production was limited to just 750 units – probably because they wanted people to just go buy the SL63 AMG.
I think the Porsche GT3 RS vs. Mercedes-AMG GT R debate is a pretty cut and dry one. One is like going to the symphony, while other is going to a rock concert. Both have their places and can be highly entertaining, and neither is in any way not a totally fulfilling machine. Of course the RS is the symphony with its precision skills and nearly flawless execution of nearly everything you can throw at it. While the GT R is the rock concert with its thrashing handling, roaring sound, and wildness that will keep you up to the edge and maybe even over it if you aren’t careful. Which would I chose? Oh man.
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Just when you thought the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R couldn’t get any bonkers, AMG turned it up to 11. Just to be clear here, the standard GT R, as if there is anything “standard” about it, was a car so bonkers and track focused that it held the Nürburgring production car lap record for a short time. So what did it need? More stuff! All that stuff seemed to pay off, as somehow they shaved another six seconds off that lap time without adding any more power at all. How is that possible? Lighter, stiffer, and more aero. That is what this boils down to. Production is limited to just 750 examples, and one happened to pop up in Florida with an impressive 5,000 miles on the odometer.
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Almost exactly a year ago I took a look at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT63 that was just hitting dealer lots. The standard GT63, if you can even call it “standard”, is a bonkers of car that does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph. In typical Mercedes fashion, they had it turn the dial up to 11 and release a GT63 S, which means this fairly standard looking four door sedan, I mean coupe, now gets to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit 195 mph. I know, what a dilemma to pick between the two. However, there is another reason to pick the GT63 S: the wheels! These are the 21″ Monoblocks I was raving about last week and now they are available on the GT63 S. How much? This or a new Mercedes-Maybach S560?
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I have to give Mercedes-Benz credit, they sure how figured out how to milk a chassis. In 2015, they released the AMG GT Coupe, which was soon followed by the GT S, GT C, GT R and now this, the GT 4-Door Coupe. Unlike all those other models, the GT 4-Door Coupe really isn’t a AMG GT despite Mercedes touting that it is. This car rides on its own chassis, called the X290, and is a mash-up of the GT, E-Class, CLS-Class, S-Class and the S-Class Coupe. Seriously, the parts sharing is crazy on this thing. I can’t even keep track of what is borrowed from other cars and what is new for this model. To go even further, there will be five different models of the GT 4-Door with the GT43, GT53, GT63, GT63S, and upcoming GT73. Are we lost yet?
The first model, the GT63, hit dealer lots last week and the YouTubers are already cooking up their click-bait video titles getting people to think they bought one of these beasts. When I say ”beast”, I actually mean it. Despite it looking like a slightly smaller CLS, the 4-door does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph. The GT63S? 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. That’s as fast as a new Porsche 911 GT3. Goodness knows what kind of the numbers the GT73 will put down. The thing is, all this speed and technology is pricey. Very, very pricey.