There is further confusion regarding the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The name says GT, the car screams supercar. Gautam adds, “My only previous experience was on the track, where the hardcore nature of this thing didn’t come across so much, what with the open wide spaces of a circuit and the miles of concrete run-off areas. Even if that day around Yas Marina I was chasing ex-DTM racer Leopold Wandl… Up here, you’re sitting on top of the rear-axle, and I mean that almost literally because you want to stay focused on the apex, but here instead of miles of run-off you get miles of bonnet.”
The AMG GT S isn’t exactly a lightweight with a kerb figure of 1,570kg, but then again it isn’t a heavyweight either, and even 503bhp from that glorious twin-turbo Affalterbach 4.0-litre V8 isn’t something to shout about in this day and age. The difference is that AMG could be the only manufacturer in the world right now that’s totally nailed the twin-turbo V8 formula when it comes to, sigh, ‘emotionality’. “Yeah,” agrees G, “what a mighty motor…”
Add an Aussie drawl on top of that for full effect (“What a mighty mot-ah, mate…”)
“Actually, the forever-bonnet and big wing bulges kind of let you place the car wherever you want it. It’s so tactile and well balanced. I thought AMGs were supposed to be sledgehammers? This is more like a chain-driven scalpel.”
“Yes, but, Ferrari?” interrupts Fadi… The wonderful AMG GT S is rightly our Best GT and to be perfectly honest the car had this award wrapped up ever since wheels first had a go last March, and then again for an epic 1,000km road trip to Liwa a month later. The AMG’s only thorn in its curvaceous side could’ve been the Bentley GT3-R, if only it wasn’t so ridiculous.