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Last week a select group of dealership employees and members of the AMG Private Lounge were invited to Palm Beach for an exclusive look at the upcoming AMG GT S. This new vehicle is the second creation of AMG (following the SLS AMG) and is entering the Sports Car segment in spring of 2015.
Two representatives from Atlanta Classic Cars attended the employee event and can share first hand impressions. Doug Strong, far left, and Nash Solanki, third from left, spent two days racing around the track and the hills of California and have come back excited about this new vehicle!
“Hot Inside V” Turbocharger configuration. The exhaust manifolds are on the top of the engine, rather than the bottom, which makes for shorter runners. It eliminates the turbo lag and also makes the engine more efficient. Emissions are lowered because the catalytic converters are on top to treat the exhaust sooner.
Active Electromechanical Engine and Transaxle Mounts: This feature uses electricity to change the viscosity of the oil for a comfort or sport ride. This allows for very distinctive differences between a cushy street set-up and a very stiff track set-up.
Carbon Fiber Drive Shaft: The drive shaft is only 8.8 lbs! The lower weight is obviously a benefit and it also has less drive line losses for more power.
The sound of the vehicle is incredible. It has throatiness that is usually missing from a turbocharged engine. This sound can be turned up or down with the exhaust flap button to have the best of both worlds.
The handling on the car is laser sharp. Point the wheel and it will go where you are asking. The suspension is stiffer than the SLS and responds perfectly.
Race mode makes this a perfect race car. It will hold the car at 5000 rpms for a very aggressive track experience.
On surface streets the car is surprisingly comfortable. Most sports cars in this category are much stiffer and would not be ideal for daily driving.
Solarbeam Yellow was the star of the show! It glows in the sun.
The large intakes on the front with the intercooler is a balance of style and performance.
The hatchback is a little retro, very practical and great looking!
Jaguar F-type R – 5 litre supercharged V8, 7-speed. Good sound but lacks power and torque compared to the GT S. Not as fun to drive. The interior was not as intuitive and lacked polish.
911 Carrera 4S – All-Wheel Drive, wide body. Stunning car, handles well. Seems a little dated. Not as thrilling in the mountains because of the rougher ride. Not as comfortable all around.
This is Nash’s new favorite car! It is a technological marvel. It is exhilarating to drive. It is an emotional experience! The handling, the braking, the comfort, the race experience – it does it all well! The styling is a work of art. This is destined to be a classic and the best of both worlds – a race car and a daily driver.
Thanks for sharing your impressions Nash! Order early…with the amount of great press this car is getting the order banks will fill up well before the car is launched!
I’ll try to get their impressions organized. Maybe I’ll even have a guest blog post! But for now, here are the highlights.
Nash says the AMG GT S is his new favorite car!
Perfect balance, great looks, fun to drive and a technological marvel. They were able to drive the vehicle on the track as well as in the hills of California for the complete experience.
Doug is one of our Master Certified Technicians. This was his second AMG Expert Training. He also went to Germany last year to see the AMG engines be built in Affalterbach.
As an AMG Performance Center, it is important for us to be able to answer your questions about your current AMG as well as the AMG of your dreams! Our first orders are in for both the AMG GT S and the C63 S AMG. Don’t wait too long!
Is it me or does this look like the perfect Santa’s Sleigh? Come see this beauty on the showroom floor!
2015 G63 AMG
It has been a great year for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team! With 3 races to go they have already locked in the Constructors’ title and the two drivers are battling for the Drivers’ title! It has been a great season and I think that deserves a t-shirt! I just ordered a couple of these as gifts for my favorite F1 fans from the official Formula 1 store. Mercedes Pride!
Sometimes new vehicles have surprises in store for us! This 2015 GLA45 AMG has the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder and the new owner proclaimed it “cute as a bug.” Unfortunately, we realized the Summer Tires it was equipped with from the factory were not going to be adequate for their winter driving needs.
Here is the solution! From 20″ matte black wheels for the summer…
To 19″ Silver and Grey Wheels with All-Season Tires for the winter!
We could not find a set of all season tires to mount to the 20″ wheels so we went another route. We found a good looking set of 19″ Mercedes-Benz wheels and mounted an all season 19″ MOE tire to that set. Then we simply exchanged them! The 20″ black wheels are bagged up and ready to make their appearance in the spring! Very European, right?
Speaking of the old wheels…I was shocked to find out they easily fit in the back of the GLA45 with room to spare! Impressive!
Here is a close-up of the 19″ wheel we selected. It still shows off those amazing brakes and red calipers and now the car has two looks! Not a bad idea!
The AMG Private Lounge is the place to be if you own an AMG!
This online community is limited to people who share your passion for your AMGs. There are discussion boards, regular interaction from the AMG experts at Mercedes-Benz and lots of sneak peeks, invitations and giveaways!
Right now they are preparing a special sneak peek at the all-new AMG GT. You aren’t invited if you aren’t a member!
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has arrived! It’s like Christmas in September! Here are some pictures of the cars fresh off of the transporter!
Take a look at the sport vs. no sport cars, the lowered height on the GLA45 and all of the fun colors!
If you want to be the first one on the block with the latest and greatest…now is the time! Come pick out your new GLA!
This 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is a knockout! The new owner should be here to pick it up soon but I got some great pictures!