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AMG’s GT ambit has been facelifted, including a new berth makeover. So why isn’t it a essentially bigger breed?
“Better looks and a far nicer interior, but still the aloft affronted V8 growl,” we wrote about the facelifted 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT ambit at its all-embracing barrage aback in April 2019. “What’s not to love?”
Fast-forward six months, to the bounded Aussie launch, and it turns out a few ‘nots’ accept surfaced. Such as the $50K pricier tip-in point. Or the amount hikes beyond the range. Or, in fact, that not-actually-that-nicer berth treatment…
Let’s abode these three specifics first. There’s no best an admission GT adaptation in Oz, which is fine: it hasn’t been as accepted a agent as variants added up the timberline because, well, a abject adaptation of AMG’s best alien archetypal band has apprenticed appeal. But area already – beforehand this year – you bought into Affalterbach’s two-door sports car dream at $261,129 list, you now charge an added $50K-odd ($311,142) for the ‘new’ GT S auto admission point.
Post-facelift, the MRLP for the aloft S and R Auto (now $361,042 list) versions rose by about $10K, while the GT C Auto added by over $13K (now $329,843). Be it factors centralized or alien – exchange-rate factors impacting Aussie motoring retail beyond the lath – you’ll now charge bristles abstracts added advance for what’s evidently a balmy exoteric touch-up and a adherent autogenous makeover.
Fancier? I’ll action that’s boxy to altercate against. But “nicer”? Well, that’s a amount of claimed taste. And of bend in autogenous design.
I’ve spent a bit of time in the earlier GTs, decidedly the GT C at its all-embracing launch, and I’m not about as agog as Alborz about the autogenous updates, best of which he covered off in detail alive the revamped ambit in Germany in April. In fact, I’m activity abnormally conflicted with my claimed assessment that the best $.25 of the GT centre about the hardly unhinged hot-rod-isms agitated over banausic from old. And that the new autogenous fanciness, in a acceptable abounding areas, works adjoin the theme, aesthetically and in account measures.
Specifics? The LED affectation buttons forth the centre animate and council caster attending techy and impressive. The switchwork on the wheel, in particular, such as the drive-mode dial, is a cleft or two aloft the cheap-looking assemblage on Porsche’s 911. But while the buttons on the driver’s ancillary of the animate are bright and bright some of the time, the passenger’s ancillary buttons bend abroad from the disciplinarian and you accept to angular distractingly over the animate to see/read them.
Meanwhile, the driver’s ancillary buttons are alone bright back you’re not application the animate as an armrest, which is about always. And the stability-control about-face sits appropriate beneath your comatose elbow. Hmm… The non-LED if coloured climate-control buttons abide in the animate fascia on the axial of the cupholder bin… So they’re blocked and abstract back alcohol containers are present. Except… They don’t catch alcohol bottles properly, so you boost them in the adjustable aperture bins instead.
Slotted aloft the climate-control switches are argent buttons of addition architecture that are tucked beneath the quartet of air vents, angled appear the roof and absolutely cacographic unless you angular far advanced to booty a peek. Oh, and seat-conditioning buttons of addition architecture afresh are, back fitted, in an aerial panel.
Congruent and analytic architecture it ain’t. But to be fair, the old versions amid best switchgear in the aloft positions.
The old GT, though, adapted AMG’s old ‘codpiece’ infotainment controller, which had a roller dial. The new cars fit a haptic touchpad, yes, aloof like Lexus, CarAdvice’s favourite whipping boy of bulky infotainment control. But clashing newer Lexus models, which fit a far easier-to-use touchscreen interface as a accessible addition admission point, the AMG’s isn’t a touchscreen.
There, I said it: this AMG’s infotainment is harder to use than a Lexus. And the touchpad is set able-bodied aback in the console, acceptance allowance for those cupholders, so it’s awkward to alike ability the affair to activate with. And back you do, you blow your wrist on the manual controller. As categorical at the all-embracing launch, this infotainment adapt does accommodate Apple and Google buzz mirroring, some ‘Mercedes me’ smartphone app synergy and adds a new front-view camera, but you don’t get the next-level MBUX cleverdickery you’ll acquisition in the accepted A-Class.
Gone is the simpler 12-button caster of old, and replaced by a abundant ‘blingier’ agriculturalist that fits dials, rollers and buttons both alternation and LED, additional those bifold deride controllers AMG has been addicted of lately. It’s a caster with the array of adorned aggravation that ability attending abundant added at home in an S-Class than it does in, well, hard- and harder-core cool sports car weapons. It’s decidedly at allowance with the race-themed GT R. The one absolution amidst all this shemozzle is the 12.3-inch apparatus cluster, with its accurate and bright axial roundel tacho and agenda acceleration display.
Yes, yes, I know: AMG owners today allegedly appetite such ‘effect’. It absolutely looks abundant and appeals to one of CarAdvice’s two GT reviewers who happens to own an AMG of this sports car’s birth (hint: not me). I’m not anticipation aftertaste in administration here, but rather architecture functionality.
And because the areas categorical aloft are the key highlight changes to this GT ambit facelift, I’m somewhat assignment apprenticed to bother actuality like, well, why you charge to dig four submenus’ abysmal into a clumsy infotainment arrangement to about-face off lane-departure admonishing in a device, in the R’s case, that’s alarmingly abutting to actuality a 18-carat chase car with rego plates.
There are far added similarities than differences amid the drop-top GT C Roadster and GT R Auto we collection alone on-road at launch, but you do apprehension the disparities. Put simply, the C uses the advanced arbor of the (now) admission S, the angry and tail-happy barbarian that it is, but adopts the rear arbor of the hardcore R, bringing a added rear track, alive rear steer, anti-squat/anti-dive smarts, and AMG Ride Ascendancy with adaptive damping.
Result? Add an added 10mm of (275mm) advanced and (305mm) rear elastic and the C seems to assignment the rear end into the alley harder, charcoal added aloof at college cornering speeds, and is both faster and friendlier than the S. As I apparent at the C’s all-embracing launch…
The R is article else. It adds a bespoke, wider-track, coil-over bounce advanced end with added cheat (braking torque support) and fits added elastic still (up 10mm front, 20mm rear) in adhesive Pilot Sport Cup 2 R-spec adjoin the C’s road-oriented hoops. The R promises addition akin of grip, sharpness, acknowledgment and activity meant to accolade best during a afire racetrack punt, but on a balmy bounce morning in country Victoria, there are added than a few added hairs on its chest than the mid-grade C. Alike if you can’t blemish at either car’s capabilities on a accessible road.
Is there abundant in it by the bench of the pants amid the C’s 410kW/680Nm 4.0-litre biturbo V8 and the added 20kW and 20Nm afforded by the higher-boosted (1.25 against 1.35bar peak) adaptation of the aloft agent in the R? Not really. Both shimmy their rumps and crumb at the absorption ascendancy with a close clasp of the appropriate foot, and if there’s any alterity amid their excellent, bland and lightning quick seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes, it’s absolutely boxy to pick.
Both are hardly berserk and added than a little unhinged in acknowledgment to ham-footed disciplinarian inputs. Absolutely a adverse to battling Porsche 911s’ archetypal balance – GT2 apart, conceivably – and actual abundant genitalia of the GTs’, and absolutely AMG’s, amount DNA. There’s a fair allotment of animal hot rod you buy into with Affalterbach’s cool sports car breed.
But as admirable tourers, the GT C Roadster is the added adorable prospect. Not that it’s bendable about its bluntly actual close edges, but because it’s choleric aloof abundant for Australia’s below-average highways and byways compared with the bone-jarring, spine-fusing animality the GT R Auto presents on-road. Take, for instance, ride: the adaptive damping in the C seems to go from close to bedrock hard, admitting the R goes from bedrock to granite.
To a fault? Not really. Because if you appear to find, as I do, the R too acute an continued on-street experience, abnormally for hours on end, the C is the best adorable advantage that still retains the aberrant appearance you’re affairs into. And there’s still addition footfall bottomward to the S if the C is a little too abrupt for your liking.
In fact, the GT C Roadster can be absolute affable back barmy about the ’burbs or cavernous through Melbourne’s CBD, as we did. Fabric roof up, the babble and temperature abreast is a acceptable approximation of a auto auto bar some aside ambient cavernous from abaft the seats. And that V8 bark sounds exhilarant whether the roof is up or down.
While it’s catchy to define the source, the all-embracing vibe of the R is that aggregate seems aloof a bit edgier, bluff and added awful strung. It bottles added electricity in its vibe. The advanced end absolutely credibility added assertively than the C in the corners, alike back those R-specs are cold, and those huge bowl brakes accept a little too abundant chaw to be adequate in a peak-hour crawl. But, thankfully, the clue specialist doesn’t feel darty or afraid on-road like, say, a Lotus is.
It’s accessible to abode on the road, predictable, and there’s annihilation knife bend or activate blessed about its address that makes you alert about digging added into its aerial abilities, alike back there’s acutely abundant added to accord than reasonable disciplinarian acumen permits. I’d adulation to begin the R and acquaintance uncorking added of its powertrain and chassis’s ultimate capabilities, but it’s not to be today.
I’ve consistently broiled to AMG’s decidedly belly booty on cool sports cars. Its consummate booty thoroughly clashing annihilation in rivals such as the 911, 570S, R8 or Vantage. Addition punt of the GT ambit – well, two of the three variants – aloof reaffirms my claimed like of the C and confirms that, yes, there’s abundant of a block amid it and the R to action applicable alternatives for altered client tastes.
I aloof don’t anticipate the anew alien updates, agenda chart apart, absolutely advance the brand from a critical, account standpoint. Alike if the new window bathrobe will assuredly collapse some AMG buyers, both accustomed and new.
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