MERC GT AROUND TWO TRACKS
KYLE VENKTESS explains why he is saving up for this GT
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!
The AMG GT starts off at R1,642,000 and the AMG GT S is priced at R1 981 000.
The Mercedes-AMG GT … enough power and exudes enough aura to make anyone call for 911 or scare off the fiercest Jaguar.