2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S C190
Formula 1 Heaven
If the Mercedes-AMG GT S looks familiar, then chances are you’re a Formula 1 fan. That’s because the car served a full year as the Safety Car for the 2015 Formula 1 season. But the F1 connection doesn’t end there. As well as his driving role within the Mercedes Formula 1 team, none other than six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (then a two-time world champion) played a part in the development of the car.
Better without Gullwings
Related to the AMG SLS, the GT S is nonetheless its own entity and represents the second of Mercedes-AMG’s wholly-developed road cars. It does away with the gullwing doors of the SLS, but most enthusiasts believe the car is the better for that. Anybody who has driven both will back up that statement.
What remained of the SLS, however, were the best parts. That included the front-midship engine placement that provides excellent weight distribution not to mention that marvellous V8 engine. By the time the GT was ready for production, AMG had fine-tuned its own turbocharged version of a four-litre V8, and while the ‘normal’ GT model boasted 340 kW, the Australian-delivered S model, of which this car is an example, managed 375 kW and 650 Nm of torque available anywhere from 1,750 rpm.
The AMG Family
The path of development from the SLS to the GT S represented a major period of refinement and gave the car added civility and practicality. That said, it’s still every inch an AMG, from the aggressive visual clues to the muscular exhaust note that simply cannot be missed.
Features include: Rear-view camera, Parktronic parking system, Track package, blind-spot assist, Panoramic fixed glass roof, lane-keep assist, adjustable suspension, battery-charger kit, tinted windows, heated seats, dual-zone climate-control, navigation, adjustable drive modes, keyless entry and start.