The plan was simple: Take delivery of this weekend’s press car for a test drive through the suburban wilds of Long Island, snap some pics, and head back to the city. This itinerary we’ve travelled countless times, and it’s often a chore. Once in a while, however, we have a date circled in our editorial calendar that has the eCity office giddy with anticipation. This weekend with the Mercedes-AMG GT S was one of those dates.
When news broke of the joint endeavor between Mercedes and AMG, like everyone else we thought, oh, that’s a beautiful car. The press shots are fantastic. Then we saw it in person and realized this car isn’t just a gorgeous amalgam of precious and expensive materials.
This car is something else – something that can’t be measured in dollars, miles per hour, or pound-feet. The magnitude of this car defies quantitative description. Standing next to the GT S, absorbing its form, we struggled to describe the feeling it stimulated. It felt like an automotive equivalent of The Renaissance. The Last Supper, the Sistine Chapel, and the Birth of Venus in the form of German design and engineering. The GT S is a breathtaking work of art. It is history in the making.
Mercedes VP of Design, Gorden Wagener, describes the exquisite new design language, Sensual Purity, as the “bipolarity of intelligence and emotion.””At one time, every Mercedes-Benz car was different. Now we bundle them all into a single language, which of course, we interpret differently for each model until it has a unique character that is however definitely ‘Mercedes-Benz'”.
Straight away, one should recognize the last 60 years of Mercedes-Benz in the GT S. The large three-pointed star ensconced neatly in the instant classic diamond grille echoes the original Gullwing SL. The long hood, broad shoulders, and concave lines of the lower body are punctuated by a compact rear end. The taillight assembly is the least familiar design cue, yet somehow distinctly Mercedes.
Inspired by precision aircraft cockpits, the GT S cabin made us feel woefully unqualified to man the controls. The massive V-shaped center console genuinely seemed better suited for flap and throttle levers. One editor remarked, “What’s a steering wheel doing in this fighter jet?” To that end, we left the GT S locked in RACE mode all the way to the Hamptons. It certainly felt like flying. The 503 hp, handcrafted biturbo V8 made sure of it. The unique saddle brown, diamond stitched Nappa leather seats kept our imaginations comfortably planted on terra firma. Attention to detail rewarded the two handsome occupants wherever their gaze or touch landed. Like a modern tailored suit, the GT S cabin was a perfect fit.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S truly is a revolutionary car for the storied manufacturer. Such feats are harder to achieve these days, and typically ephemeral.Said Wagener, “We are a luxury company and we want to create something long lasting. We have already done a lot to lift the company from traditional to modern luxury but we’re not finished yet.”
The Renaissance indeed. mbusa.com
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