Cars have been one of the most fascinating technological marvel for the past 100 years. It is quite hard to imagine that just over 100 years ago humans were still transported on horseback and that traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Penang would take days instead of hours. It is also quite fascinating that the first ever gasoline powered automobile ever, just as we know how automobiles should work today, was pioneered by a German bloke named Carl. His surname? Benz. Yes, the very iconic Mercedes-Benz Motor Company Benz.
At the time, the gasoline powered tricycle looking thing packs a single horsepower – a German horse if you would like. It was not very fast then compared to a standard automobile of the modern world. But to the world at that time, it was fast enough. Ever since then too mans obsession with speed has rocketed.
The growth of the automotive industry also paved way to manufacturers and human beings competing to see who has the fastest machines, most powerful machines, and fastest skills. It is an age-old competition. It is one also that has continued up until today.
That competition both in controlled conditions and the public market space has bred a division of Mercedes-Benz that is very familiar to the world of automobiles. The AMG division, as we all know it is one of the most iconic names in the automotive world. They are the big engines department, the lunatic engineers from Mercedes-Benz that specializes in creating road-legal monsters. Last week, one of their most ferocious beasts lands in Malaysian soil. Welcome to the Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door.
Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door – The Fastest Four Door Saloon in Nürburgring
The Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door comes in three flavours for the Malaysian market. There is the modest Mercedes-AMG GT 43 with a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six producing 367 horsepower/500Nm torque. There is a slightly more powerful AMG GT 53 complete with the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system and a 3.0-litre straight-six with turbo as well producing an impressive 435 horsepower/520Nm torque. Then there is the big daddy – the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 63 s with 4Matic+.
At one point, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT63s was the most powerful four door saloon the world has ever seen. It packed a 4.0-litre eight cylinder engine flanked with two turbos to make about 639 horsepower and up to 900Nm of torque. Since then it was thwarted by another German manufacturer that added an electric motor to their big engine.
It is still the fastest four door saloon to lap the fearsome Nürburgring in Germany though. The Green Hell, as people know it is one of the oldest race tracks in the world. It is also the longest race track in the world currently with more than 150 corners. To those who does not know as well, it is one of the most dangerous race tracks in the world; hence the nickname.
No matter though; this is definitely one of the most powerful automobiles you can get in Malaysia currently. It can go up to triple the national speed limit (315km/h) at its top speed. While that may not be ultra-relevant to Malaysians, the GT 63 S propels you to 100km/h from a stop in just 3.2 seconds. The GT 53 and GT 43 are no slouch though. The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 goes up to 285km/h and does the century sprint n 4.5 seconds. The GT 43 tops out at 270 and does the century sprint in 4.9 seconds.
You get the very nice, very comfortable Mercedes-Benz interior too with that. The only difference you get from the GT four-door compared to let us say an E-Class is some of the accompanying trim on the dash and the sports seats in the GT. It still seats at least four adults comfortably while looking like it is out of this world. It even has a large 395 litres of boot space that can be expanded to 1,324 litres should you fold the backseats down.
Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 Coupé – Road Conquerors
What does a small family saloon say about you? It says that you are a sensible person that wants something easy and practical to drive around town. What if you are sensible, but still a little bit crazy? What if a regular family saloon is not enough for you? What happens if you shoehorn the big engine from the AMG GT 63 S into the littler body of the C-Class?
You get the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S with 4Matic+ and AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed gearbox ; a ravaging small family car that can take your kids to school in less time than they can put their socks on. The 510 horsepower 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 takes it up to to 290km/h at its top speed. Again, with Malaysian speed limit at 110km/h, the top speed numbers may not mean a thing. The stupidly powerful family saloon packs 700Nm of torque and that helps it do the century sprint in 4.0 seconds though. That is less time it took for you to read this whole paragraph; unless you are a speed reader.
It is still a Mercedes-Benz though so you still get all the creature comforts of one. The new-age Mercedes-Benz interior and digital dash is always a welcome. The new improved infotainment system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay out-of-the-box.
Four doors are not your thing? A Coupé? Yes, they have that too. The Mercedes-Benz C 63 S Coupé is the one for you. Of course you get the same big twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 like the C 63 S. It has the same power figures too. With two less doors though it completes the century sprint in 0.1 seconds faster than the C 63 four-door.
The lack of two doors also pushes its wheelbase a little shorter than the regular four door and that means the back seats are a little smaller too. You still can fit up to four adults in the car though including the driver; though leg space at the back might be a little crammed.
Availability and Pricing
The Mercedes-AMG GT Four-door variants are already available in Malaysia. You may request to view them with Mercedes-Benz and they will point you to the right showroom. The GT Four-door starts at MYR 1,098,888 for the GT 43 with 4Matic+. The GT 53 with 4Matic+ goes at 1,298,888 while the big V8 one, the GT 63 S goes at MYR 1,798,888. The more modest Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Limousine and C 63 S Coupé goes for MYR 768,888 and MYR 820,888 respectively. No, those prices have not included insurance premiums. Yes, we want one; the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S one.