Ciao Bella: Part 2 – More Italian F1 GP, Rally cars, AMG Driving Academy, and more!


The next day we were taken to the Franciacorta race circuit with the AMG Driving Academy to test Brembo-equipped high-performance Benz’s. 

Here we got to experience the AMG GT S rocket on both the track as well as a wet course for spin recovery exercises.  The AMG GT S is rated at 503 BHP from its twin-turbocharged engine and will propel the car from a stance to 60 MPH in 3.5-seconds and an upper-11 second quarter-mile on its way to its 193 MPH top speed.  It costs around $165k new.

We also put the AMG GT S through its paces during the braking exercise, which involved drag racing it against a new AMG S63.  At around 75 MPH, we then slammed the brakes at a particular point to see what the difference the extra weight plays in a car.  Both cars were equipped with Brembo Carbon Ceramic brakes, although the GT S had one-size wider front tires.  The GT S seemed to stop about 10 feet shorter.

The AMG S63 4MATIC also costs around $165K new.  It’s a beautiful, large coupe which feels lighter than its curb weight suggests, thanks to its sporty steering, crazy Brembo Ceramic brakes, and a powerful engine.  Believe it or not, this 4900 lb tank will do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and the quarter in the low 12s!  That’s what 577 bhp and 664 lb-ft of turbocharged V8 torque can do (along with $165k check handed to the dealer). Here’s a shot of the S63 4MATIC under heavy braking.

The group also put all of us journalists (I was the only one from the USA) through our paces in a friendly time-attack battle on a tight, coned course with even wet section, driving a diesel-powered SLK.  It was all about momentum in this little guy…

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