Mercedes - AMG GT 63 S-Door
Mercedes - AMG GT 63 S-Door
Under the skin of the new Mercedes AMG GT 63 S 4-door, there’s a lot going on as the transition from the AMG GT sports car to GT family car proves to be anything but straightforward repurposing. But if you’ve gone offthe whole oxymoronic genre of fast SUVs, this menacing mutation from AMG is far more versatile than its niche status would have you believe.

If the AMG GT is the self-proclaimed answer to Porsche’s 911, then the GT 4-door deals with the Panamera head-on. In the past, that would have been the job of the CLS 63 AMG but perhaps Mercedes thought there wasn’t enough sports car DNA in that package. The GT 63 S 4-door, on the other hand, spent more of its upbringing around the track – it even has all the pre-loaded track telemetry you’d need to share with absolutely nobody.

As for styling, this segment is a bit of an open goal; the upcoming BMW M8 Gran Coupe is probably the best of a mediocre bunch. Styling of these sporty GTs is an eternal compromise and the GT 63 struggles to juggle brutality with beauty. Still, it possesses more on-road presence versus a Panamera, the same status quo as an AMG GT over a 911. Rear space with individual rear seating is spacious albeit not bristling with S-Class type lux and the boot extends far into the wheelbase. So long as you don’t pack too high, you’ll be fine.

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March 2020