2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S Coupe: Absolutely Beautiful
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S Coupe: Absolutely Beautiful – Whether you prefer to watch the glass-half-empty or half-full, AMG’s first sedan stands out as an extremely talented sports limousine, failing to approach the sensations of a real sports car.
Between marketing promises and the reality of the market, there is often a world. In early 2017, AMG announced the first sedan designed internally within its department, and no longer simply modified on the basis of a Mercedes series. A sedan presented as a kind of four-door version of its AMG GT two places, which even takes the name with only a few letters and numbers in addition. But a thorough review of the technical details of this 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S 4 Door 4 Matic + (not an easy name) is enough to relativize filiation with the real sports car of the German wizard. An ultra-light aluminum chassis stitch under the imposing body of this unique sedan, the base of the two-door AMG GT just did not make it a four-door enough luxurious and spacious to satisfy the customers. The GT Coupé 4 Door, therefore, prefers to take the chassis (mostly steel) of the recent Mercedes CLS, by making some structural modifications at strategic locations to improve its rigidity and dynamic efficiency.
That’s why you’ll put it in the luxury limousine box more easily by observing its massive silhouette and its fleeting profile reminiscent of that of the Porsche Panamera. Despite a more aggressive design than the sedan of Zuffenhausen, it does not break so much with the conventions. Same observation by settling on board. Beyond the beautiful center console that stretches along the front passengers, we do not really get out of the world of luxury Mercedes-Benz luxury sedans. Difficult to point this as a defect as the interior of the GT 4 Doors flatters the senses. Our test model features beautiful beige leathers and pretty wood trim that contrasts nicely with the Dinamica microfiber steering wheel, a type of material resembling Alcantara. On the steering wheel and the center console, nice little light controls let you select driving modes and change any powertrain or suspension settings. A key to leave the rear wing in the out position, for those who want to compensate for a lack of self-confidence by a surplus of aesthetic aggression, also appears between the seats.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S Specs
From the awakening of the 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo, the GT 4 Doors reveals a little more its true nature: here the engine is not as voluble as in two-door AMG GT. It still propels the most powerful car in the Mercedes-Benz catalog (except one), with 639 hp and 900 Nm of torque in this high-end version 63S (a GT R only 585 hp and 700 Nm). Note that customers may prefer the “nice” 6-cylinder turbo line respectively developing 367 and 435 hp in GT43 and GT53 versions respectively. Even on the sometimes rough roads of our Moroccan testing ground, the big German behaves like an authentic Mercedes limousine in filtering and soundproofing. Rear passengers will not complain about any lack of space, with only limit a roof guard similar to that of the CLS. Even the trunk will not make the long journeys too complicated, with its 395 liters and its practical shape. Immersed in the city traffic and then on the highway, the light steering, the smooth driving and the degree of interior refinement do not give you the impression of driving a real sports car.
Comfortably isolated in the luxurious cocoon, the marketing claims of this limousine sold as a four-door sports car jump to your face as you speed up for the first time, Race Activated mode. With a 0 to 100 km / h reported in 3.2 seconds, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S becomes the world’s best-performing sedan in a straight line ahead of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and its 680 ch. The intensity of the accelerations remains attenuated by the relaxing environment of the machine, but we begin to get closer to the vertiginous thrust of a Tesla Model SP100D at startup. And as soon as the meter shows three numbers, the American electric is simply forgotten by the German. Electronically limited to 315 km / h, it quickly takes you to 300 km / h if you keep your foot on the right pedal. And stabilized at 250 km / h, you believe to sail at 140 km/h as the machine seems imperturbable and serene.
But the first corner encountered reminds you that this heavy family (2045 kg empty) does not have a chassis of an authentic sports car. AMG will have done everything possible to maximize its dynamic efficiency, starting from a large Mercedes sedan base. The rear steering wheels give it greater agility than the E63S, especially in the registration phase where the very fast steering and the gently movable stern allow it to wrap the rope point greedily. The 4Matic + all-wheel drive, which is standard on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S, is more of a typing rather than a propulsion system and lets the rear axle overflow a bit with the re-acceleration in Race mode with the driving aids completely deactivated.
Best of all, the famous Drift Mode inaugurated by the E63S is back here as long as you pass the box in manual mode, then call the two pallets off (and keep the driving aids deactivated). Then just confirm the Drift Mode with the right paddle to turn the car into pure propulsion. The specialists will object by stating that the front axle becomes motor progressively from 120 km / h, but below this speed, the car pours generously in the smoke diffusion as soon as you give a little angle to the steering wheel with the accelerator open wide. The only disappointment for fans of the genre: she categorically refuses to donuts at a standstill. The GT63S catapults itself like a supercar and does its best between straight lines. But it would require a much more informative direction, a faster box in manual mode and 400 kg less on the scale to approach the sensations of a pure GT. Even with its optional Pilot Sports Cup 2 (semi-slicks on a limousine!), The GT behaves like an excellent ultra-sport sedan XXL but not like an authentic sports car.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S Price
Down the masks, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG is nothing but a direct competitor of the Porsche Panamera. But its misleading marketing positioning does not make us forget the qualities of this luxury family. Compared to the more upmarket Porsche limousines (the Turbo S E-Hybrid), the AMG achieves the feat of walking even harder in 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT63S version. She has just signed the absolute time record of sedans on the Nordschleife (in 7 minutes and 25 seconds).
Unfortunately, we have to pay an addition almost as elitist as for the Panamera (170 500 € against 189 062 €, but 10 500 € discount against 0 to the Porsche Hybrid). And if none of these two machines will manage to provide the thrill of driving that only a real sports car can provide, the Mercedes can still bristle all your hair once Drift mode activated. If you are looking for extra character in these large sedans that can pamper you as tenderly as you satellite on the highway, the GT 4 Doors is a reference.