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Mercedes AMG GT street-legal

Dienstag, 30. Jan. 2018

The Mercedes AMG model family has acquired a few new members since the first was first rolled out in late 2014. It now includes six street-legal variants - four coupés and two roadsters. One model range with numerous variations -- Porsche has been pursuing this strategy for years with great success. Now, Mercedes-AMG is following suit.

The Mercedes AMG model family has acquired a few new members since the first was first rolled out in late 2014. It now includes six street-legal variants - four coupés and two roadsters. One model range with numerous variations -- Porsche has been pursuing this strategy for years with great success. Now, Mercedes-AMG is following suit.

That kind of power might give some drivers pause to think - and think again, but this V8 unit seems pleasantly tame. In the active suspension and traction control's Comfort mode, it responds like a mid-range sedan with a solid engine.

The names of the Sport and Sport-plus modes are meant literally. The GT cuts loose and does what it was built to do: it charges ahead - with a vengeance. The exhaust flaps open, and the engine, with its seven-speed automatic transmission and the suspension, suddenly turns aggressive.

The 4-and-a-quarter-meter sports car features high lateral dynamics, precision steering response and an incredibly direct reaction to even the slightest touch of the steering wheel. It stays in its lane, rounding curves at high speeds, and keeps its cool even when taking curves while braking.

GT stands for Gran Turismo -- long an emblem of very high-performance automobiles. Mercedes has had the GT in its range since 2014. Now it's updated both technology and design for the next phase of the model's lifetime.

The 4-liter twin-turbo V8. It puts out an extra ten kilowatts for a total of 350. The re-design has also teased out another thirty Newtonmeters of torque, so the entry-level GT sends a maximum of 630 Newtonmeters to the transmission.

The AMG Performance steering wheel with 12-o'clock marking provides a good grip with its microfiber cover. The large center console has eight knobs - a reference to the V8 engine under the hood.