Mercedes-AMG GT review - Interior, design and technology
The Mercedes-AMG GT’s cabin is gorgeous – and there’s no shortage of standard equipment
The Mercedes-AMG GT follows in the footsteps of the old SLS Gullwing model. It's a smaller car, but it retains the same front-mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout (The engine is mounted at the front of the car but pushed back as far as possible for better weight distribution).
The design shows a clear lineage back to Mercedes’ famous sporting models from the 1950s and earlier, too.
With the same long nose and squat proportions, there’s a hint of the SLS about the AMG GT’s shape, but delicate lines make the GT look far more svelte and its proportions are similar to those of the Jaguar F-Type. At the front, traditional AMG bonnet and side vents leave you in no doubt as to the car’s potential.
Customers can choose from a range of carbon, black or chrome exterior detailing packages, but even in its most basic form, the GT has the head-turning appeal to rival the world’s most desirable sports cars.
Inside, the driver-focused cabin makes a strong impression. The seats are low and a huge transmission tunnel runs between them. In a nod to the V8 engine, the centre console has eight buttons laid out in a V formation – and it comes in a choice of chrome, matt carbon, high-gloss carbon, black diamond or matt silver finishes.
The AMG GT’s build quality is first class, with plenty of leather and metal used throughout. The huge centre console is the dominant feature: it splits the cabin in half and features two banks of buttons to control an assortment of functions. A lovely flat-bottomed steering wheel, covered in Alcantara trim, finishes off the stunning cabin and if you’ve got the funds, there’s huge scope for personalised leather trim and other high-end options.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The dashboard has Mercedes’ excellent tablet-style screen, which is controlled by the latest COMAND system with a touchpad and roller dial, while clear navigation mapping and audio controls mean it's easy to operate on the move.
The COMAND control wheel and touchpad are located where you’d expect the gearlever to be – the lever itself is positioned further back because you use it only to select forward or reverse before switching to full auto mode or using the steering wheel paddles.
As you’d expect with a car that costs as much as the AMG GT, the likes of Bluetooth, DAB radio, a pair of USB sockets and an SD card reader are all standard.
In this review
- 1Mercedes-AMG GT reviewThe Mercedes-AMG has the Porsche 911 in its sights with sleek styling, storming V8 performance and plenty of tech
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mercedes-AMG GT’s performance and handling are truly impressive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsHigh running costs are inevitable, but certainly no worse than the Mercedes-AMG GT’s rivals
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Mercedes-AMG GT’s cabin is gorgeous – and there’s no shortage of standard equipment
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSpace and practicality is not the Mercedes-AMG GT’s strong point
- 6Reliability and SafetyTop build quality and plenty of safety kit make the Mercedes-AMG GT a safe and reliable performance car