The engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT 55 Coupe will make enthusiasts breathe a sigh of relief. For now, all GTs will have a V8, starting with the 469-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the GT 55. That goes with a meaty 516 lb-ft of torque. The car has a standard AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission with a wet multi-disc clutch and a fully variable AMG performance 4Matic+ AWD system.
Considering the car’s weight gain, it’s no surprise that it’s marginally slower than before, taking 3.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. The top speed is 183 mph, and we’re sure getting there will still be accompanied by a lovely V8 roar.
For a sportier experience, drivers can assume manual control of the transmission using paddle shifters, and the new nine-speeder is said to deliver short shift times. While the previous rear-wheel-drive setup is gone, the variable 4Matic+ AWD system can operate in RWD under certain conditions, while up to 50% of its power can go to the front. Unsprung mass is lower, which is always a good thing, but it’s hard to see how that balances out the car’s overall increase in mass.
The AMG Active Ride Control suspension with roll stabilization is standard, and you don’t pay extra for a rear limited-slip differential and rear-axle steering, either.
Drivers can choose from six drive programs for the 2024 GT 55 Coupe: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and Race.