It’s been a good year for AMGs at NWAS so far. Following up the debut of our GLA45 AMG promo car, we were graced with the arrival of a brand new Mercedes AMG GT-S from MB Lynnwood in need of XPEL Ultimate paint protection. We spotted an AMG GT-S at Barrett Jackson earlier this year, but this Magnetite Black Metallic model marked our first chance to really get up close & personal.
For those who may not be familiar with one of the most recent additions to MB’s line up, the AMG GT-S is a brand new model, and only the 2nd sports car developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG in its entirety. Debuting last September, the Mercedes AMG GT-S is a strong contender for the “entry level” super car market, with plenty of luxury to go with it. Pushing just over 500 HP & 440+ lb-ft of torque out of a font-mid mounted twin turbo V8, it’ll run 0-60 in three seconds flat and a quarter-mile in the low 11s with little effort. After all, it’s Formula 1’s newest safety car, so it can’t be too much of a slouch.
While the car that came from MB Lynnwood was more of a “track day” model with less of the pricey optional extras, there was no denying the car had quite a presence just parked in the install bay. After maximizing the Full Frontal kit’s coverage with a few pattern adjustments, Tim set to work wrapping up the whole front clip with XPEL Ultimate paint protection. If you’re not familiar with what Full Frontal XPEL Ultimate can offer, it’s one of our more robust PPF packages. Coverage includes the entire hood & fenders, bumper, headlights, side mirrors, door edge guards, and handle cups. With such a long hood like the SLS Black Series that came through last year, anything short of Full Frontal would be far from ideal.
Of course, we couldn’t let the AMG GT-S slip out of our shop without spending a little bit of time in the cyclorama for a quick photo shoot. Mercedes latest sports car is quite a looker, mixing elements of their latest brand facelift with a classic 300SL-esque silhouette that seems to carry over a handful of styling cues the aforementioned SLS. The gaping split grill & lower inlets are massive, making for a rather aggressive, shapely snout that blends delicately into the fender arches, further defining the low-slung form of the GT-S.
From certain angles, the echoes of the SLS design language become even more discernible. The rectangular nature of the headlights on the GT-S and the way they pull back feel very familiar. Peering down the driver’s side, the plump roof line & jut of the rear end seem to suggest that this little AMG was aching to be a gullwing, but the conventions of accessibility took hold.
The wells are anything but empty, housing 19” & 20” forged cross spoke wheels respectively. Behind the titanium finish resides an essential extra — the AMG high performance braking system. While this AMG GT-S isn’t fully spec’d, it’s got plenty of stopping power & optional safety assistants to keep everything anchored at a moment’s notice.
Inside, the cockpit of the Mercedes is relatively sparse in design, but functionally sound with nothing out of reach. A few carbon fiber touches can be seen here and there, with aluminum bezeled vents & center console to keep everything tidy, while the well bolstered seats and flat bottom steering wheel are fitted with spirited driving in mind.
Just picture planting yourself in the seat — foot on the brake, pressing the magic button to breathe some life into the twin turbo V8. Toggle over to “RACE,” and disappear over the horizon in the lap of luxury with a sonorous roar behind you. If this sounds like a dream come true, the AMG GT-S can help you realize that fantasy to the fullest without question.
Around the backside, the GT-S take another page out of the SLS book, but with more flare for fashionability. The tail lights are lengthy, but low profile. Aero is minimal, with an active wing that comes out of the rear hatch much like the AMG’s older sibling, and the lower lip is trimmed with just a touch of bling, exhaust tips included.
From the rear, the AMG GT-S doesn’t feel nearly as long as an SLS despite boasting nearly identical measurements, and for the better. Presumably, this is largely due to the new sloping rear hatch design. The end result feels far less bulbous, and dare we say it — even reminiscent of another iconic German automaker. Where the SLS looked heavy, the Mercedes AMG GT-S is slim & trim. If it’s any indicator of MB & AMG’s combined design progression, the future of Sport Leicht-ness is in very good hands.
With our short photo shoot all wrapped up, it was time for final quality checks before delivering the AMG GT-S back to MB Lynnwood. To our knowledge, the GT-S is still in inventory, so if you’ve been dying to check one out for yourself, get over there before it finds a new home.
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