At least as far as luxury grand tourers go.
Currently the Mercedes-AMG GT S is the only GT model available in the US. Yes, the GT R stole all the headlines at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed but it won’t be coming stateside for at least a year. Between then and now the US will get the base model, the GT, with Mercedes announcing that it’ll be priced at $112,125. The GT S meanwhile will be getting a price bump, going from an MSRP of $129,900 to $132,125. That price increase isn’t really shocking. In fact, it seems pretty damn fair to us.
The biggest difference between the GT and GT S can be found in the power department. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the GT makes 456 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque whereas the GT S puts out 503 horsepower and 579 lb-ft of torque. There are a few other differences that may seem small depending on your preferences. The GT comes with synthetic MB-Tex seats whereas the GT S gets Nappa leather. The GT misses out on an adaptive suspension system and an adaptive exhaust, which kind of sucks until you realize that the car is 70 pounds lighter than the GT S. thanks to all of its missing features. Glass half full, right? Should you want to make your GT more like a GT S you can always option it like crazy.
In fact, anything that you can option on the GT S can also be put on the base model. While we doubt many people will buy a base AMG GT we do think that the bare-bones model is a great get at its price point. It packs more power than a comparably priced (ish) Porsche 911 and is faster. Oh, and it also looks cooler. Also, is it just us or does it seem odd to be talking about a German grand tourer as a good value? Crap, this must mean the apocalypse is imminent.