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…
Your movie trivia question is on the next page!