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Car and Driver: Base-Model Mercedes-AMG GT Brings Price of Entry Down by $20,000


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2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

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Mercedes-AMG is filling out its sports-car lineup with two new versions of the AMG GT coupe. The hard-core AMG GT R certainly is the most exciting bit of news, but we shouldn’t forget the arrival of a new base model that offers a lower entry point for this sexy, V-8–powered two-seater. Starting at $112,125, the “entry-level” AMG GT goes on sale late this summer and is slightly less powerful and less well-equipped than the AMG GT S that’s been on sale in the U.S. for about a year.

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Powered by the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as the GT S, the GT gives up 47 horsepower and 36 lb-ft of torque to its big brother. But performance doesn’t drop off much, with Mercedes estimating a 0-to-60-mph run of 3.9 seconds (0.2 second slower than the S) and a top speed of 189 mph (4 mph behind the S). However, our test of the GT S blew the manufacturer estimate of the water with its 3.0-second run to 60 mph, so we’ll see how the GT does on the track when we get one in to test.

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Less means less when it comes to the AMG GT’s standard equipment list, which does without the GT S model’s Nappa leather seats, AMG adaptive exhaust, Burmester audio system, adaptive suspension, and red brake calipers. Some of these features should be optional on the standard GT, however, and things like a backup camera, keyless start, power memory seats, and a limited-slip differential are still included. Thank goodness.

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