MERC GT AROUND TWO TRACKS

KYLE VENKTESS ex­plains why he is sav­ing up for this GT

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THE Mercedes-AMG GT has been de­scribed as a work of art.

True to that state­ment is the de­sign and ego earned from driv­ing such a ve­hi­cle.

The mis­con­cep­tion was that the GT was born out of other ve­hi­cles like the SLS, and inspired by ri­vals, when it has been de­signed with its own unique per­son­al­ity, en­gi­neered to be­come a clas­sic on its own.

The GT en­com­passes ev­ery as­pir­ing sports car own­ers’ dream, with a sleek body, com­fort in its in­te­rior and roar­ing en­gine enough to keep any mo­tor junkie daz­zled for hours. Tak­ing the GT on the Gerotek Oval track in Pre­to­ria, I could drive this ma­chine to my lim­its, which is well be­fore that of the GT — some driv­ers peaked at 285 km/h.

Rac­ing the GT through around an oval of­fers a thrill time af­ter time, 0 to 100 hap­pen­ing in just 3,8 sec­onds, 200km shortly there­after.

Back on the Zwartkops race track, driv­ers easily man­aged to im­prove race times when driv­ing the GT as op­posed to pre­vi­ously on the AMG C63. The two ve­hi­cles has sim­i­lar out­put, but show how en­gi­neer­ing of the body makes a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to the per­for­mance of the ve­hi­cle.

The GT han­dles corners like any race car would, but step­ping back on the gas feeds im­mense power to set­tle the ve­hi­cle back on a straight, while al­low­ing it to in­crease speed ex­po­nen­tially.

While main­tain­ing its legacy as one of the most mem­o­rable high per­for­mance ve­hi­cle, the two-seater how­ever still has to earn its place in the hearts of driv­ers.

It’s is clear which ri­vals the GT is go­ing af­ter in the present mar­ket, but the ve­hi­cle has enough power and ex­udes enough aura to make any­one call for 911 or scare off the fiercest Jaguar.

Styled like a F1 car

The cock­pit of the GT fea­tures sporty styling, also on of­fer in­te­rior, colour­ing to match the ex­te­rior of the ve­hi­cle.

The in­te­rior of the ve­hi­cle man­ages to strike the bal­ance be­tween let­ting the driver know they are in a sports car while main­tain­ing the clas­sic Mercedes sig­na­tures of el­e­gance, class and lux­ury with hints and ac­cents to ex­cite the driver with each and ev­ery step into the ve­hi­cle.

The front of the ve­hi­cle is ag­gres­sively style and rem­i­nis­cent of a for­mula one car, with the grille and air fil­ters of­fer­ing enough ven­ti­la­tion for oxy­gen to reach the en­gine, si­t­u­ated closer to the cock­pit of the ve­hi­cle.

What might be the only demise of the neg­a­tive point of the ve­hi­cle, if even that, is the rear of the ve­hi­cle, which is sim­i­lar to that of a Porsche 911 Turbo, only with more ag­gres­sive tail lights.

To state the ob­vi­ous, the Mercedes-AMG GT fits com­fort­able in two stages of a man’s life, ei­ther at an early age with no fam­ily or re­spon­si­bil­i­ties or later, when the kids just left home. It is in no way a fam­ily car, but will make any driver gig­gly like a teenage af­ter their first kiss. That is ex­actly how I felt!

Pric­ing

The AMG GT starts off at R1,642,000 and the AMG GT S is priced at R1 981 000.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The Mercedes-AMG GT … enough power and ex­udes enough aura to make any­one call for 911 or scare off the fiercest Jaguar.

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