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    • Is the base AMG GT the best AMG GT? 2020 C190 Mercedes-AMG GT test

      Mercedes-AMG did a great job entering a sector dominated by the 911 and providing a real alternative. The AMG GT is not a Porsche 911 wannabe but a car designed in AMG's own vision. The formula is excellent for a sports car or GT and can be more of one than the other depending on the trim you select.


      The base trim offers plenty of punch. You still get the M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with the exact same turbochargers as the GT S model. You get the same dry sump system. For $116,895.00 what you get is value in this segment.

      Name another rear wheel drive twin turbo V8 sports car with a dual clutch transmission weighing less than 3700 pounds (as weighed by Car and Driver) that you can buy for under $120k? One does not exist. You would next have to head to Ferrari and McLaren to fulfill that request for a lot more money.

      A Porsche Carrera is likely the closest competitor and the acceleration between the two is essentially a wash with the AMG GT likely having a bit more top end punch. A tune really uncorks the base GT though.

      If you want more out of the box the AMG GT R exists for the hardcore. It comes with a premium price tag but if being a track junky is what you want AMG has you covered.

      Where BenzBoost finds appeal is the tuning value of the AMG GT. The only missing is the wide hips from the higher trim models which cuts the GT's rear end down by 2.3 inches on each side. This does affect the looks quite a bit.

      You almost get everything in the base car for an aggressive price with plenty of tuning headroom. What's not to like?


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Is the base AMG GT the best AMG GT? 2020 C190 Mercedes-AMG GT test started by Sticky View original post
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      1. KEMA's Avatar
        KEMA -
        Should pitch a base GT with the R3 package against a stock 720S.
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        The only missing is the wide hips from the higher trim models which cuts the GT's rear end down by 2.3 inches on each side. This does affect the looks quite a bit.
        I had no idea about that. The rear in the above photo still looks gorgeous. The base GT could be a godsend for people that live in areas with smaller lanes on the back roads. Interestingly the 992 went away from offering narrow vs wide body in the Carrera. The base GT could fill that niche nicely.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        Interestingly the 992 went away from offering narrow vs wide body in the Carrera.
        Not really sure why they did that other than to save money. Same wheels, tires, etc.
      1. Batman's Avatar
        Batman -
        I did not know much about this car and finally did some digging. Oh man, the BOOTY on the GT-R version looks nice! That car is gorgeous! Does any one know if the GT-R Pro is offered in the US?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Batman Click here to enlarge
        GT-R Pro is offered in the US
        150 models to the US.

        When I saw the GT C in person I was blown away by the wide booty. It's gorgeous. Owner didn't want a piece of my 911 though:

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      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        When I saw the GT C in person I was blown away by the wide booty. It's gorgeous. Owner didn't want a piece of my 911 though:
        So the rear vents are how you tell the difference between the narrow and wide bodies. Very cool.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        So the rear vents are how you tell the difference between the narrow and wide bodies. Very cool.
        It seems to be the case now as I can't find the GT S on the MBUSA site any longer. Weird, did they discontinue it?
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It seems to be the case now as I can't find the GT S on the MBUSA site any longer. Weird, did they discontinue it?
        On the Canadian site there has only been the GT C and GT R listed for about a year now. There isn't a single non C or R at any Canadian dealership for 2019 or 2020. Also, there just happens to be a new GTC listed for 40k under MSRP (137k CAD ~ 102k USD) which seems like a crazy bargain: https://www.autotrader.ca/a/mercedes..._47_47&sprx=-1