The angry grill on the AMG GT63s gives great respect. If you have this view in the rear view mirror, you are in the wrong lane - keep to the right.
The GT family started with a coupe intended for two people but has now grown with another model. The latest addition is a four-door coupe version with room for four or five depending on back seat configuration. Keeping track of what distinguishes all versions in the GT family is not simple; this is something I have already addressed with the test run of the AMG GT R. The AMG GT 4-Door Coupé does not have as many variants as the two-door version, but almost.
If we disregard the suffix 4Matic + 4-Door Coupé, as all versions are called, we can start from the bottom of the horsepower ladder and work our way up. The entry-level, least powerful model is called the AMG GT 43. It has a 367 HP, straight six-cylinder three-liter engine plus turbocharger. After that, we have the AMG GT 53 which also has a straight six-cylinder turbo engine with 435 HP. The step after that will be the AMG GT 63, and here we find a turbo-powered V8 of 585 horsepower.
“This car is angry!”
At the top of the ladder, and the car we drove, is the AMG GT 63s. Here, the force of the engine has been unleashed, resulting in a breathtaking 639 horsepower and 900-newton meters of torque. If reaching a hundred is faster than pronouncing its entire name I leave unsaid; the former however only takes 3.2 seconds. With a top speed of 315 km / h there is no doubt that this is an insanely fast car.
At first glance, the car feels almost a little vulgar with the large, wide and forward-sloping grill that instills great respect. This car is angry! Had the car been black I would hardly have dared to get in. In our case, it is in a matte-blue tone which, despite the grey weather, is eye-catching beautiful.
The shape of the car with its sloping coupé line causes it to lie flat on the road. Not as much as the main competitor Porsche Panamera, its nemesis. The rivalry has given rise to the nickname “Panamera killer”. It is quite clear what customer group Mercedes is gunning for with the AMG GT63s; they want Porsche's faithful customers who want to fit more people in the car than just two and be able to travel crazy fast and at the same time, comfortably.
When you open the frameless doors and step in you are met by a lovely mixture of leather, carbon fiber and brushed aluminum. Sporty and sober in perfect combination. Nowadays there are no analog dials, rather, everything is displayed on a widescreen that extends from the driver's side to the middle. At first glance it seems to be in one continuous screen, but it is split in half. The half in front of the wheel displays all the info the driver needs, and the other has all the infotainment, but also motor data that can be displayed in an AMG model.
Screens, in fact, are abundant. The buttons for the car's settings that are located in the center console are now small screens that show the respective settings selected. It all provides a clean and easy-to-read panel that shuts off completely when the car is not running.
“The sound coming from the four exhausts is notch up from all the music in the world”
No expense has been spared, and the Burmester sound system is something Mercedes has really been generous with. Few match its quality. But that's not the only thing that is well-sounding in the AMG GT63s. The sound coming from the four exhaust pipes behind is a notch better than the best music in the world if you ask me. In Sport + mode, the sound cuts, slams and breaks in a fantastic soundtrack. The engineers at AMG are geniuses in getting a powerful sound despite turbo-powered engines.
The art of building a car that works for everything is something the car manufacturers are trying to outdo each other in with each new car of this kind. It should be as comfortable as a luxury sofa, as sporty as a Formula-1 car and as efficient as an electric car. Of course, such an equation is not easily balanced, but with the AMG GT63s Mercedes have outdone themselves.
In comfort mode, you float forward as if on small fluffy clouds. If you want a little more 'oomf' then just step up from Sport to Sport + where sport plus gives you a red-hot racer. There is also a mode where you can customize the car’s behavior, for instance with a sporty gearbox, engine mapping and exhaust noise but with comfort on the dampers.
In addition, there is an environmentally adapted mode that optimizes the car to burn as little fuel as possible. The only thing missing would be an off-road mode because even if the car has an intelligent four-wheel drive, it is often not enough for off-asphalt escapades. However, the all-wheel drive is a big plus when winter road conditions prevail.
How quick the AMG GT63s is something we’ve gone over already, but how just how fast it really is can hardly be described with words. The feeling that occurs when you go pedal-to-the-metal and let all 639 horsepowers grab hold of the asphalt is exciting. You are pushed back into your seat and the roller coaster effect trigger some lovely butterflies in your stomach. If you have a passenger next to you, or, for that matter, in the back seat, space will be filled with laughter and screams. One could easily say that the AMG GT63s is a family roller coaster to be enjoyed every day.
|Mercedes AMG GT63s 4Matic+ 4-Door Coupé
Basic price: from 1 670 000 sek