Almost two years ago, Mercedes took the wraps off The redesigned SL Roadster. It was a significant departure from the SL design it replaced nearly a decade ago, most notably the addition of rear seats to go along with its more modern styling. If you want a two-seater, there’s always an AMG GT. or at least, there He was. Mercedes just released the redesigned AMG GT Coupe, and now it’s also a four-seater.
Design-wise, the 2024 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe initially doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor, but don’t be fooled by its generally familiar styling. The new AMG GT is just over seven inches longer than the car it replaces, with nearly three inches of that increase going to the wheelbase. It’s also just over 1.5 inches wide. The extra space doesn’t mean the rear seats will be roomy, with Mercedes recommending they be reserved for passengers under five feet in height.
And while the styling isn’t as aggressive as, say, a Lamborghini, if you take a closer look, it’s clear that Mercedes still cares about the aero package. Active air on the underbody and rear spoiler is standard, and there’s an optional package that adds a more aggressive setup, as well as a fixed rear spoiler. But even with the optional aero equipment, the new AMG GT leans more towards precision.
On the other hand, engine options promise to be imprecise. The AMG GT 55 gets the base engine, which makes “only” 469 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the AMG GT 63, though, and the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 is boosted up to 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive is no longer available.
For improved handling, the new AMG GT gets rear-wheel steering, as well as a limited-slip differential and hydropneumatic suspension with adaptive dampers. Depending on the conditions and how you plan to act, there are six driving modes to choose from. You can also upgrade to carbon ceramic brakes if you think you’ll need the extra stopping power. That might be overkill for the GT 55 with its 3.8-second zero-to-60-mph time, but the appearance of the GT 63 drops that time to just 3.1 seconds.
If a lot of this sounds like what you get in the SL, that’s because it is. The coupe is quicker than the convertible, but there’s clearly a lot of SL in the new GT. This is especially evident as soon as you enter. If the cabin isn’t exactly the same as the SL’s, it’s so close, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the differences. This is not a bad thing. Mercedes usually doesn’t miss out when it comes to comfortable and luxurious interiors. That is, unless you are allergic to large center screens.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but don’t be surprised if the GT 55 starts around $150,000, with the GT 63 closer to $200,000. We expect this information to be revealed early next year, as Mercedes says the new AMG GT Coupe will go on sale “in the first half of 2024.”
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