The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is an objectively stunning and remarkably composed sports car that is civil in the streets and furious on the racetrack. This high-performance front-engine machine is accessible in both hardtop and soft-top body styles and is Mercedes’ response to rear-engine Porsche’s 911.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Review, Pricing, and Specs
For the 2021 model year, Mercedes AMG added new facilities, enhanced its power, as well as introduced a new Stealth Edition. Adding 54 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque, the base variant now generates 523 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Other inclusions to the new AMG GT are a lithium-ion starter battery, a race drive mode, the AMG Ride Control Sport suspension with adaptive dampers, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and a braking system with iron rotors and red-painted aluminum calipers.
Trim Levels and Pricing
Mercedes offers the AMG GT in two body styles and eight trim levels namely GT Coupe, GT Roadster, GT C Coupe, GT C Roadster, GT R Coupe, GT R Roadster, GT R Pro, and GT Black Series. The price starts from US$119,650 and goes as high as US$326,050.
Engine & Performance
All the models in the lineup carry a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V-8 – hand-built and capable of producing different power outputs. The sole transmission option is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. As mentioned earlier, the entry-level AMG GT creates 523 ponies and features adaptive dampers and a limited-slip rear differential. On the other hand, the 2021 GT C and GT R engines pump out 550 hp and 577 hp, respectively.
The GT R Roadster is quick yet surprisingly civil, while the Pro is extremely hardcore for daily commutes. The latter is better suited for racetrack duties. The same is the case with the hardtop only 720-hp Black Series. It is basically street-legal, but new track-focused alterations make it an ultimate GT coupe for racetracks.
Undoubtedly, this enormous power demands extra fuel, but the fuel economy estimates for the AMG GT aren’t that bad. EPA evaluates it at 16 mpg city and 22 highway for standard GT and 15 mpg city and 21 highway for the GT C. The figures for both the GT R and GT R Pro stand at 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.
Get inside, and you find the interior boasts premium materials. It can seat only two, and it has double the cargo space (10 cubic feet) compared to its rival, the Porsche 911. You can control the infotainment through a 10.3-inch central screen. The standard connectivity facilities include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Why it’s One of the Best Cars for Summer Staycations/Road Trips?
One of the best things about the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is its surprisingly civil nature. Although it is a 500bhp+ rear-wheel-drive sports car, it does not intimidate you. You will find it as comfortable on long trips as on a racing track.
Here are some reasons why it is best for summer road trips:
- Thanks to the advanced suspension of the AMG GT, it is adequately comfortable to drive on long journeys.
- A roadster is perfect to enjoy the UK’s summer, and the AMG GT convertible models fit the bill. They are reliable, capable, and fun to drive.
- A 10 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats is just right to carry small stuff for tips to local attractions.
- The fuel economy of 16/22 city/highway isn’t bad for such a high-performance sports car, so it won’t put a hole in your pocket.