First Drive: The All-New 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT – A New Era for Performance Cars

The automotive industry is at a crossroads, with the internal-combustion engine (ICE) facing an uncertain future. However, amidst this changing landscape, this all-new 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT emerges as a testament to the enduring power and excitement of traditional performance cars.

As I had the opportunity to experience firsthand, this latest iteration of the Mercedes-AMG GT is a captivating blend of power, style, and refinement.

The Design: A Captivating Presence

The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT embraces its heritage while showcasing a modern and captivating design. Built on the current Mercedes-Benz SL platform, this second-generation coupe retains the iconic long snout, short tail, and crouched stance that have become synonymous with the AMG GT nameplate. Its aggressive lines and muscular proportions exude a sense of power and performance, making it impossible to ignore on the road.

The Spectral Blue specimen I had the pleasure of driving turned heads wherever it went. Whether navigating the crowded streets of Granada or cruising through quiet country villages, the AMG GT effortlessly commanded attention.

It’s no surprise that admirers couldn’t help but give the occasional thumbs up or gesture that undoubtedly meant “Light ‘er up!” And with the AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system’s drift mode, I was more than happy to oblige, indulging in some tire-shredding antics.

Power and Performance: A Symphony of Engineering

Under the hood of the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT lies pure motoring joy. The V-8 engine, a hallmark of AMG vehicles, roars to life with exhilarating power. The initial lineup will feature two variants, both powered by V-8 engines. The AMG GT 55 4Matic+ churns out an impressive 469 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque, while the pricier AMG GT 63 4Matic+ delivers a jaw-dropping 577 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs of torque. These engines, crafted with AMG’s renowned “one man, one engine” approach, are mated to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission, ensuring seamless power delivery.

The driving experience of the AMG GT is nothing short of exhilarating. With rear-wheel steering and careful tuning of the ESP, the vehicle exhibits sharp handling and a sense of controlled poise.

Wide front rubber and the rear active diff add to its agility, while the semi-active roll stabilization system, known as AMG Active Ride Control, allows for a wider range between comfort and performance driving. Furthermore, the GT boasts clever underbody active aerodynamics and an integrated rear spoiler, which can be replaced with a fixed carbon-fiber rear wing in the optional aero package.

Refinement and Comfort: A True Grand Tourer

While the Mercedes-AMG GT excels in performance, it doesn’t compromise on comfort and refinement. The new model offers a more user-friendly experience compared to its predecessor. Its increased dimensions provide a more spacious cabin, improved outward visibility, and even an optional 2+2 seating configuration. The rear seats, suitable for individuals up to five feet tall, open up new possibilities for practicality, such as school runs or accommodating additional passengers.

Slide into the plush and beautifully crafted cabin, and you’ll be greeted by a wealth of luxurious features. The interior can be tailored to meet S-Class levels of opulence, offering a truly indulgent experience. The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and the 11.9-inch central touchscreen display provide a familiar interface, featuring Mercedes’ intuitive MBUX infotainment system.

Interacting with the system is effortless, whether through voice control, touch inputs, or the haptic points on the flat-bottom AMG steering wheel. The overall ambiance exudes sophistication, with a delicate electronic shift wand hinting at the GT’s more refined nature.

Driving Dynamics: A Thrilling Symphony

Engaging Sport+ mode unleashes the true spirit of the Mercedes-AMG GT. The bi-turbo V-8 engine responds with a symphony of highly antisocial woofs, pops, and blats from the exhaust, eliciting a rush of adrenaline.

The GT’s ability to devour winding roads with ease is nothing short of impressive. Its seemingly bottomless well of torque propels the vehicle forward, allowing for seamless acceleration between curves. The all-wheel drive, combined with rear-wheel steering, enhances stability and control, instilling confidence in the driver.

It’s worth noting that the new Mercedes-AMG GT strikes a balance between performance and refinement. While some may yearn for the raw edge of its predecessor, this introductory model aims to broaden its market appeal. However, AMG enthusiasts need not worry, as hotter versions are likely on the horizon, potentially featuring hybridization to extract even more performance.

Conclusion: A New Era for Performance Cars

The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT marks a new era for performance cars, showcasing the potential and excitement of traditional internal-combustion engines.

Its captivating design, exhilarating power, and refined driving dynamics come together to create an unforgettable experience. While the GT may have evolved to cater to a wider audience, it still manages to deliver the thrills and excitement that AMG enthusiasts crave.

Whether you’re seeking a grand tourer for long journeys or a thrilling sports car for spirited drives, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a compelling choice that sets the stage for a future where performance and sustainability coexist.