I drove a Mercedes-AMG GT. There are several GTs in the Mercedes lineup. I tested the entry-level GT Coupe, which is equipped with a twin-turbo V8 that produces 523 horsepower and 494 lb-ft of torque. It remained in the fleet as a 2021 model as Mercedes struggled to build the V8 in 2022 due to supply chain issues.

I spent quite a bit of time in the AMG GT, a lot of it stuck in traffic and going around a sea of ​​orange construction barrels. When I could uncork the AMG GT, it was quick (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds) and had phenomenal grip. The V8 sounds reliable. It is not exceptionally easy. But it has a majestic look that reminded me a bit of the 1988 560SL my parents had and unwisely sold. And it looks the part of an aggressive sports car, especially with my tester’s $9,150 Stealth Edition appearance package.

The AMG GT is nearing the end of its model run, which went into production in 2014. And while the materials—Nappa leather and piano black lacquer—were luxurious, interiors have since taken a step forward. The AMG GT felt cramped and not very ergonomic, and the touchscreen infotainment system was a bit dated.

There are two main problems with the AMG GT. First, it is expensive. My base model started at $118,600 and ended at $137,050. Heated and ventilated seats and a premium sound system had to be added. The second problem is that the Porsche 911 exists and is the default choice for this type of sports car until proven otherwise. Maybe Mercedes will do it next time. – Tyler Duffy

Base price (as tested): $118,600 ($137,050)



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