In a manner similar to Porsche’s multi-tier upgrades to 911 performance, Mercedes-Benz AMG offers different performance levels of the GT S. In standard trim it’s a worthy adversary to the Carrera S. But configured like our test vehicle, with every track performance option checked off, it’s a worthy competitor to the mighty GT3 RS. (Some might want to compare the GT S to the 911 Turbo, but that all-wheel-drive Porsche is more expensive, quicker and faster, and more comfortable than the Mercedes-AMG — at the expense of some carnal emotion.) Too, though their performance levels may be similar, each achieves it with very different driving dynamics. (Truth be told: I find no conflict in lusting after both!)
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S is very, very good — much better than its SLS predecessor. It can pamper and it can scamper in equal measure. Regardless of how much I asked of it, the coupe had even more to offer, and while I’m not yet ready to anoint the Mercedes-AMG GT S as the world’s best sports car, I am convinced it’s the best Mercedes-Benz that I’ve ever driven.
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