The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT, GT C and GT R Pro were created by AMG, Mercedes’ in-house speed shop. They are Mercedes’ answer to the Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS. These two-seat sports cars can be ordered as either a coupe or soft top roadster. They are the Mercedes-AMG’s halo sports cars. Beautifully curvaceous, and incredibly quick with a 0-60-mph time of less than 3 minutes, all front-engine rear-wheel-drive vehicles powered by a powerful turbocharged V-8. Standard equipment includes a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. These machines are extremely grippable, with grip exceeding 1.0 g. However, the GT and GT C models offer everyday civility.
What’s new for 2020?
Mercedes-AMG has updated the GT and GT R’s interior and exterior for 2020. New LED head-and taillights, rear diffusers, exhaust tips and wheels are all new to the exterior of Mercedes-AMG’s GT and GT R models. A standard digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster display and a 10.3-inch multimedia center display have been added to the interior. The new center console features capacitive display buttons as well as an optional touchpad interface for infotainment. AMG Drive Unit controls are now standard on the new steering wheel. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration has also been added. You can also monitor your lap times with the new AMG Track Pace virtual engineer COMAND app.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Mercedes claims that the AMG GT coupe has 469 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. This makes it an attractive value for less than $120,000 The GT C models have larger wheels and tires, adjustable suspension, rear wheel steering, composite brakes and much better handling. The price increase is justified with 550 horsepower and a 3.3 second time from zero to 60 mph in our testing. Mercedes will build only 750 GT R roadsters and 150 GT R Pros, to ensure their exclusivity.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
A 4.0-liter V-8 powers every 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C, GT C, or GT R. Each model comes with a carbon-fiber driveshaft, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle and a dual clutch seven-speed manual transmission. This improves handling and balance. It is a technological marvel with dry-sump oiling and direct injection as well as two turbochargers. The GT models are rated at 469 horsepower, while the GT C versions can produce 550 horsepower and the GT R and GT R Pro 577 horsepower, respectively. They also have an aerodynamics package which increases downforce by 220lbs at 155 mph, compared to the GT R. This improves grip and performance on track. Maro Engel, Mercedes-AMG factory driver, claims that the GT R Pro laps Nurburgring Nordschleife six times faster than the GT R. However, buyers should know that the 2020 Porsche 911 S, which produces 443 horsepower, can reach 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
It’s not surprising that the Mercedes-AMG GT C, GT R, and GT R have such high performance. However, their EPA fuel economy estimates aren’t as bad as you might think. The GT models get 16/22 mpg in the city and highway. The GT C models are rated at 15/21 mpg. The GT R, GT R Pro and GT R are rated at 15/20 mpg each city/highway. The 2020 Porsche 911 S, powered by a twin turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine, is rated at 18/23 MPG.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Mercedes has updated its interior for the 2020 Mercedes GT with technology and functionality. The GT’s build quality is excellent, and the materials used in the cabin are comparable to the high price. Although it isn’t very spacious inside, the driving position and comfort are excellent. Along with the larger 10.3-inch central information screen, the new configurable instrument display (12.3 inches) is a welcome addition. The revised center console features capacitive-touch controls that allow for various performance settings. This improves ergonomics. Mercedes also moved the GT’s drive mode selector dial, as it did with Porsche, to the right place on the steering wheel. The power top of the Roadster’s car is able to be removed in just seconds. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT’s trunk holds 10.1 cubic feet more cargo than the Porsche 911’s.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The new 10.3-inch central infotainment screen is available as an upgrade to the Infotainment system. It seems larger in the small cockpit. It’s not touchscreen, however, the system’s functions can be controlled by a large knob at the console. The interface can sometimes feel a little awkward. Optional touchpads are available. It can respond to gestures like swipe, pinch, or handwriting. Bluetooth audio and two USB ports are standard. You also get a six-month SiriusXM subscription. Wi-Fi onboard is available.