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Test report on the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 2024

The sportiest Mercedes is entering its second generation. The AMG GT has grown in size and weight, but also brings with it more sophisticated technology. And more space.

In fact, there are still cars that inspire spontaneous enthusiasm. Like the biker who struggles up the winding mountain road and gives a thumbs up as he drives past. Or the school children in the village who run a few meters behind in order to see and hear more for longer. Or the young man in his driveway who nods in agreement as he drives by. At least on Spanish country and village roads, the Mercedes AMG GT 63 is a crowd favorite.

To ensure that it stays that way, the Mercedes designers have also made considerable efforts in the second generation of their top model. The AMG GT, built in Bremen and delivered from spring 2024, almost lost some of its dynamic elegance. At 4,728 mm, it is almost 18 centimeters longer than its predecessor, has increased in height by seven centimeters and has increased in width by 4.5 centimeters. It is also around 300 kilograms heavier.

A deep and wide radiator grille, narrow headlight units and the extended bonnet with two power domes contribute to the visual dynamism of the sporty coupé, as does the low, rounded rear with the extendable spoiler, the long wheelbase with short overhangs, the steep windscreen and the side view without Creases and edges as well as the voluminous wheel arches. Technically, several further developments ensure that the GT 63 drives as dynamically as it looks.

The increase in length certainly had a positive effect on the interior. It is also optionally available as a 2+2 seater. Children should have enough space at least in the second row. With foldable backrests, the trunk, which normally holds 321 liters, can hold up to 675 liters. The loading sill is a bit high, but the hatch can be opened wide. There is enough space for taller people in the front row. Getting in and out through the wide-opening doors is easy, you don’t feel cramped despite the spacious center tunnel and the comfortable sports seats can be pushed far back.

Everything is luxurious, everything fits together. The driver’s cluster display is highly programmable, the optional head-up display shows key information, and the 11.9-inch center console display, which extends well into the dashboard, provides clear navigation and serves as Control center for the on-board computer.

The V8 petrol engine, manufactured in Affalterbach in the usual AMG hand assembly, provides plenty of thrust. As usual, the four-liter biturbo delivers 585 hp / 430 kW and a maximum torque of 800 Nm, which is available from 2,500 rpm. That means a lot of power: the sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes 3.2 seconds, and the top speed is 315 km/h according to AMG. And the power is not used brutally – unless you want it: the sports car can be maneuvered delicately even when parking at the supermarket. Nevertheless, consumption is correspondingly high: Mercedes reports an average consumption of 14.1 liters of Super Plus, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 319 grams per kilometer. If you drive vigorously, it’s even more.

Whether it’s a parking lot or a winding mountain road: the engineers have installed a lot of technology to ensure that driving the AMG GT 63 is as pleasant as it is stress-free. The rear axle, which can be steered up to 2.5 degrees, enables small turning radii and safe cornering. With a sophisticated system, Mercedes has almost eliminated body roll.

In principle, the car’s individual shock absorbers are connected to each other. The front left shock absorber is connected to the front right shock absorber via a hydraulic line. There is also a connection to the rear shock absorbers via a cable across the vehicle. A second circuit connects the other sides of the damper chambers. Sounds complicated? It is. But it works.

As standard, the sports car is equipped with a variable all-wheel drive, which distributes the drive power to the rear between the axles in a ratio of 50:50 to 100% as required. There are six driving programs to choose from, which can be switched at any time by pressing a button on the steering wheel. The nine-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and almost imperceptibly. For those who prefer, there are also two large paddle shifters on the steering wheel for manual shifting. As always, all of this has its price. The Mercedes AMG GT 63 Coupé starts at 188,704 euros, the Plus version costs 198,557 euros – with plenty of room for upward customization. A less equipped AMG GT will also be available from summer 2024 as a 55 with 476 hp / 350 kW.

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