2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Review


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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Overview

Introduced for 2015, the AMG GT is available in several performance versions and as either a coupe or a convertible. For 2020, a new AMG GT R Roadster joins the lineup as well as a track-ready AMG GT R Pro. This year also expands the GT R range with a soft-top version.

The AMG GT R Roadster is limited to a production run of 750 units worldwide and comes in an exclusive matte graphite grey color with extra handling bits, active aerodynamics, and the top-spec engine. It is a soft-top version of the already available GT R coupe. The GT R Pro, meanwhile, takes the GT R and tweaks it further for track duty with extra handling and aerodynamic equipment. According to Mercedes-AMG, about 150 examples of the GT R Pro will come to the U.S. market. For the rest of the lineup, Mercedes-Benz adds LED headlights to match the ones introduced on the 2019 4-door AMG GT along with a 12.3-inch configurable instrument display and larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen.

The GT R coupe or roadster adds active aerodynamics, a wider track, and an adjustable wing. The new GT R Pro adds a carbon-fiber roof, a limited-slip differential, stickier tires (either Michelin Pilot Cup 2s or optional Pirelli P Zeros), a large lip on the rear spoiler for more downforce, stronger bracing under the rear subframe, a 3-position carbon fiber front sway bar, and lighter forged alloy 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.

While all AMG GTs get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 driving through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), the base trim makes 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which is still enough to get from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 189 mph. The GT C makes 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Finally, the GT R and GT R Pro get a whopping 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque for a 3.5-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 198 mph. Naturally, all AMG GTs are thirsty cars. Fuel-economy returns reach 22 mpg highway.

The interior of any AMG GT is lavishly equipped. The GT C includes a Burmester stereo, Nappa leather, and AMG performance seats. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, a reversing camera, and parking sensors. Optional extras include blind-spot monitors and active-lane control.

The AMG GT is a tempting alternative to the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8.


Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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