The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT has arrived and there are a few differences between the years. I made a quick video and took some still photos so you will be able to spot them easily. I'm ready to impress someone with how quickly I can tell them apart. I hope you get the same opportunity!
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT is on the left and the 2020 is on the right. Both of these vehicles are Selenite Grey with the Pepper Red leather. From the exterior you can spot the headlights, taillights and exhaust. The headlights have a different shape to the LED element. The 2020 has more of a C shaped highlight. The taillights are a slightly different shade. The 2020 AMG GT has the double round exhaust tips as compared to the trapezoidal tips on the 2019. (The GTC gets a double trapezoid and the GTR has a large center exhaust.) The AMG Performance Exhaust is now standard on all models. It has previously been optional on the GT.
On the inside you'll notice the screens, buttons and keyless start button are all different. The analog instrument cluster has been replaced with a 12.3" digital screen. The center screen is now 10.25". The biggest different to me is that the 2019 has the round dials on the center V8 cluster and the 2020 has the new haptic touch screens. The steering wheel in the 2020 now has the Drive Unit pods, touchpads and more silver trim.
2019 GT Roadster
2020 AMG GT Roadster
There you go! The 2020 GT was updated just slightly to have the latest and greatest technology. You can now identify it from the front, back and interior! Also for 2020 the GT S was eliminated. The GT R roadster and the GT Pro were added. Got it?
I just happened to have these two cars on the lot at the same time and felt like they deserved to be seen together. I often can't tell the size or scale of a vehicle when it is featured by itself. Also, having two 4-Door coupes in our line-up is bound to confuse the issue so let's put them together and see how different they really are!
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63S is the Performance Car. This is a 630 horsepower monster with a 3/1 second 0-60 estimate. It is also quite a looker! This particular car features the carbon ceramic brakes, race seats and 21" cross-spoke wheels. The vehicle will be available in the GT53, GT63 and GT63S variants. It will be a direct competitor to the Porsche Panamera and I think it will be bringing a lot of traffic to the showroom!
The 2019 CLS-Class is an evolution of the 4-Door coupe we pioneered with the original CLS in 2006. The CLS460 is an Inline 6 cylinder with EQ boost and there will also be a CLS53 AMG. This car is more of the comfort car of the two. It is a little cushier, the cockpit is a little more open and it is tuned to be a little smoother.
I think they look very different in person. The GT63 looks beefy. The fastback design is very attractive and the hood is both wide and tall. The CLS is actually a touch more conservative which is not a normal thing to say about the CLS! I compared it to an E-Class in a previous video and it looked quite aggressive. Parked side-by-side they look like family, but definitely different.
Both cars are expected to arrive in the US "4th Quarter." That is a vague amount of time that indicates they hope to get them out before the end of the year. I hope it is soon!
Today was the world premiere of the all new 4-door variant of the AMG GT at the Geneva International Motor Show. This model expands on the existing AMG GT line up and gives us the first vehicle exclusively designed by AMG with 4 seats! You have been seeing spy shots of this vehicle for months and it has been referred to as the GT4 or 4-door GT, and now the GT63 seems to be the name.
Yes, you should get on the order list immediately! There is definitely going to be a waiting list when it arrives late this year! I think that a lot of CLS drivers will see this as a possible upgrade from their current vehicle. I also expect to see a huge spike in my Porsche Panamera trade-ins. Huge.
No, we do not have the base pricing or the options list yet. I would expect it to be similar to the current GT models in colors and equipment possibilities. The info I do have shows that there will be three variants with escalating horsepower. I'm hoping that there will be an absolutely jaw dropping launch edition!
No, this is not a replacement for the CLS-Class. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS will be arriving this year as a complete redesign. It will be available in the CLS450, CLS450 4matic and the CLS53. While the CLS and the new 4-door GT will both be 4-door coupe in styling they will likely feel very different. In the same way that the GT Roadster and the SL63 AMG appeal to different buyers, the CLS and the 4-door GT will also be very different.
Yes, it is absolutely gorgeous and the designers have outdone themselves yet again! I think the GT is certainly winning the Geneva Motor Show and I am sure it will be winning in the showrooms too!
The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is quite a looker! The proportions are amazing. It is both luxurious and sporty. The folding soft top is a marvel of efficiency and space savings. If I needed to drive a practical car as a daily driver, I would want this for the weekends!
GT C Roadster And Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Both Hail From A Golden Age
The photography in this article from Jalopnik really caught my eye. They were able to drive a GT C and a classic 300SL together and the similarities are so beautiful. Both of these cars look like artwork when parked.
Please do take a moment and admire the images. Read the article too! The insights into the driving dynamics of the two vehicles is very interesting:
"I had altered my standards of comfort to fit the car. Is that weird? Honestly, it’s because everything else is so staggeringly good that you simply don’t care about stupid things like comfort anymore."
"I’d never driven a car that felt so unshakably capable. Even the thuds that sounded from closing its doors inspired confidence. The sheer strength of the engine, the force of its brakes and its tight suspension all shouted in my ear that there was little this car couldn’t do. This was what modern was supposed to be. This was what modern was supposed to feel like. "
"Getting into the SL involved climbing over its formidable sills—wide, because of the Gullwing’s design, which came first. And because this was a car from the 1950s, there was nothing in the way of seat belts roll-over protection. That, at least, made the visibility incredible. "
"That was the spookiest thing about the 300SL Roadster. It didn’t feel old at all. It was comfortable and agreeable. Totally daily drivable. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn’t expecting something that felt comparable in quality to a car you could buy new today."
2018 is going to be a busy year for Mercedes-Benz! We have new models, new colors, new styling, and new engines! Just this week I have seen some new things arrive!
Parking the GLC300 coupe next to the GLE43 coupe has really shown me the family resemblance! Just walking by them on the lot it is not immediately obvious which one is which. The GLC coupe has not been out for long and we are getting a lot of calls about it. This one happens to be Diamond White with the Espresso Brown interior and looks just great!
This transporter full of cars from Brunswick arrived with our first 2018 GLA45 AMG and the first Canyon Beige GLA250. Both are certainly striking in their own way! The GLA45 features the aero kit which looks awesome and a new Panamericana inspired lower fascia. Love those wheels!
This Mercedes-AMG C43 looks awesome in Cardinal Red Metallic and sounds as good as it looks! I can immediately tell it is a C43 rather than a C63 because of the grey brake calipers. As the models expand it is important that I can identify them from a quick glance! I hate to have to walk behind the car to figure it out!
This 2018 Mercedes-AMG GTS arrived today! It is the first of the GTs to arrive with the new Panamericana grille. This vertically slatted grill was inspired by an historic race car and looks incredibly modern. It will be on all of the GT models this year - GT, GTS, GTC and GTR. Most people are currently associating it with the 'Beast of the Green Hell" GTR and are surprised to see it on the other models.
Those are just the new things from this week! Stay tuned! I have a couple of special designo Edition SLs here, a GT roadster on the way and a redesigned S-Class just a few months away! So exciting!
I was incredibly lucky to get a sneak peek at the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT R today! It is a monster for the streets and looks perfect in Magno Green Hell. This is the second vehicle that Mercedes-AMG has developed from the ground up. You can feel the track intentions!
The matte paint really shows off the long lines! The GT R has a wider body than the other GT siblings and it really shows.
The impact of the Magno matte Green Hell paint cannot be overstated. You think you have seen green cars before but you have not. This car is GREEN!
Every part of the GT R has been aerodynamically perfected. The rear wing is fixed but is manually adjustable for your preferred track settings. The front of the vehicle has active AirPanels and AirCurtains to move air for both cooling and aerodynamics.
The Panamericana grille is my new favorite, displacing the silver diamond grille. The 15 vertical slats are incredibly dramatic, emphasizing the size of the air intakes.
The GT R designers were careful to be efficient without tacking on a bunch of flips, wings and other ugly aero elements. The scoops and louvers that are included are both attractive and functional. Estimated 0-60 is 3.5 seconds and the top speed is 198 mph.
The GT is supposed to be the daily driver. The GT S is a little bit faster. The GT C wears 50% of this body kit and the GT R is a full on track ready street car. With a base price of $157,000 I think the GT R is going to become the attainable dream car. I can't wait to see a Green Hell GT R in the wild!
Here is a quick walk-around of the vehicle. It still can't show you the incredible color! You must see one in person as soon as possible!
The Atlanta International Auto Show is this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. I stopped by to see what was on display.
Mercedes-Benz brought the big guns this year! The not-yet-released GT C Roadster is absolutely perfect! It's like they knew I would be there and brought my favorite color combo! The lines on this car are so elegant and sporty. It could not be better!
The G550 4×4² is the star of any show it attends. I think this one is designo Manufaktur Paprika and it brought the crowds!
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is expected to be limited to 30 units for the United States! This looks very much like the S550 or S63 cabriolet but turned up to 100. The extra diamonds in the interior and the exterior trim make it extremely special.
The soon-to-be-released 2018 E400 coupe Launch Edition in Magno Matte Cashmere White was one of my favorites. It looks tremendously different from the current body style and distinct from the C-Class coupe.
The 2018 GLA45 AMG was showing off some yellow trim and a major roof spoiler. This is a refresh for the GLA-Class.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet launch edition was present! This is the car I call S'more because of the marshmallow exterior and the chocolate and graham cracker interior. It really is a knockout!
The GLS63 AMG looked aggressive in white with black trim. I don't get to see nearly enough of these at the dealership.
The SMART car display was getting a lot of attention. We have been selling quite a few of the plug-in electric version on our pre-owned lot. It really is fun to drive!
The E400 Wagon has arrived! I was hoping for the AMG variant but it is always good to see the wagon on display.
Electric cars are starting to become more common for Mercedes-Benz and this S550 electric showcases the classic looks with new technology hiding inside.
There were definitely some other vehicles at the auto show but only one will stick with you. For me it was the GT C Roadster! Look at that face!
Special thanks to my colleague Michelle for additional photography! It is always hard to get a good image when there are crowds!
"So how do you make a car this expensive, this wild, this over-the-top, and still make it absolutely great? I’m still not sure how Mercedes did it, but the Mercedes-AMG GT S, incredibly dumb name and all, is great."
"I thought it might be an attempt at a sporty coupe for general-practice doctors from a car company that makes big and heavy yachts for thoracic surgeons."
"Plus that button just looks like a twin-barreled cannon carried around by a demented robot."
"Foot on the brake, press the ENGINE START/STOP button, make sure the loud exhaust is in the “on” position, because the quiet setting is mostly just for unexpected funerals and pre-getaway crime, and then make sure the parking brake is off."
"It’s direct and communicative, and even though you sit approximately 900 miles from the tip of the car, you still know at all times what the front of the car is doing. "
"It’s a car that you not only want to drive, it wants to be driven right back at you. And there’s nothing I could possibly want more."
I have had a bunch of orders arrive this month and they looked great! Without exception the new owners are thrilled to have a vehicle that is exactly what they wanted and unique in the marketplace. The customers waited between 60 days to 8 months for these masterpieces!
2016 GLC300 - Black with Espresso Brown Leather
2017 GLS550 - Palladium with designo Espresso Brown Leather
2016 AMG GTS - Mars Red with Black Dinamica and Red Accents
Don't settle for something you don't love! If you have a strong vision for your new car I can make it happen