Mercedes AMG GT S, Driven by Chris Harris at Laguna Seca!


In this video, Chris Harris drives the latest Mercedes AMG GT S at Laguna Seca.

Chris Harris has driven many cars throughout his journalism career.  Actually, the word “many” simply doesn’t suffice.  He’s usually the first to get best and greatest of the most recent offerings in the automotive world.  One of the most recent offerings is the Mercedes AMG GT and GT S, designed to rival the Porsche 911.

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The Porsche 911 is rooted with racing history, phenomenal performance, and tremendous balance and sensation.  Every manufacturer that says they’re taking on the Porsche 911, is taking the sports car competition seriously.

The GT S has a 4.0 liter, bi-turbo V8 with the turbos placed at the top of the V8 block.  This allows for shorter intakes, a more compact package, and essentially, less turbo lag.  That package is loaded with 503 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque through the rear wheels.  The 7-speed DCT, or Dual Clutch Transmission is reconfigured for quicker shifts and built to handle the torque out of the monstrous V8.  How is it monstrous?  The 479 lb.-ft. of torque comes on very early, at a minimal 1,750 rpm.

Imagine how much torque the engine is trying to transmit just at idle.  It’s likely to be more than most city cars on the road right now, even without the boost.

The AMG GT S takes on the SLS front suspension, but the revised rear end allows for a more controllable, finely-tuned machine.  The SLS is simply outrageous with its oversteer.  It’s a supercar with a muscle car underneath.  The chassis of the AMG GT S allows the driver to cut the track to pieces; turn in that much earlier, hit the apex with great speed, and give great traction out of the corner exit.

So, sit back, and watch Chris Harris tear up Laguna Seca with the latest from Mercedes.