Review: Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe 63 S

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that a fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG could be turned into a family car. One look at this Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe – and you’re bound to be blown away by its looks, and there’s a catch: it has four doors. It is based on the E-Class sedan, but is essentially a Grand Tourer, meaning it is front-engined but has two doors deleted, in this case. And ‘Coupe’ is commonly used on a lot of luxury cars these days, not just two-seaters. Let’s take it for a drive and see if this baby can live up to its rather elongated name.

Sport & luxury

A GT is essentially a blend of sportiness, practicality and of course, comfort for four passengers at least. Along with luggage space of course. It can’t be mistaken for being anything other than a coupe – and a rather long-ish one at that. The four doors, in no way, come in the way of its styling. The interior is as luxurious as you’d imagine it to be with top levels of fit and finish. Front occupants have lots of space, and because of the long wheelbase, so do the rear occupants. Inside, the car is beautifully put together, and the centre console features 8 display buttons, along with a switch in the operating panel. The steering feels solid and comes with toggle switches, while the race-inspired seats are very comfortable.

Goes like a rocket

The car comes full of tech, like a locking differential, driving modes, all-wheel drive, air suspension and an AMG Speedshift MCT 9-speed gearbox. It also features a driver mode, called ‘Drift Mode’, which has power channeled to the rear wheels that’ll help you execute quick turns. It also features rear-axle steering. During cornering below 100kph, the rear axle counter-steers the rear wheels to the front – this has it handle like short-wheelbase sports car. And after you’re above 100kph, the rear axle steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels. It stays planted and handles corners with ease.

It is powered by a 4.0-litre, V8 Bi-turbo engine also found in the Mercedes-AMG GT C. It produces 630bhp and 900Nm of torque, making this beast sprint from 0-100kph in just 3.2 seconds, pushing it to a top speed of 315kph.

Safety sorted

There are lots of top-notch features like advanced traction control, Active Distance Assist, Active Brake Assist and Mercedes-Benz cars Pre-Safe. And these are going to come in handy when you lose control.

Putting your foot down

Being a really massive car, it’s a bit dicey driving it around in the city, and that engine tempts you to floor it. The cabin cocoons you so well from the outside, and the exhaust note turns heads. Even in ‘Comfort’ mode though, the car’s ride is on the firm side.

Should you buy one?

It’s sad that cars like these can’t be driven to the fullest, given how bad and congested our roads are. It’s just that it’s too large, and much of the engineering focus is on performance. But if you still fancy having one, we won’t say no. Also, grab the latest info on the Kia Sonet, only at autoX.