VIDEO: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S Is Pure Driving Joy

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Well, forget that island vacation I was saving up for. I think I’ll take my piggy bank and head to the U.S. AMG Driving Academy instead!

I had my first taste of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S this week and I admit it, I could use another one.

The 2017 GT S took home the Performance Car of Texas award at this year’s Texas Auto Roundup. I could list the reasons why but it’s much more fun to hear about them from AMG Driving Academy chief instructor AJ Alsup, who gave me some pointers during a spin around the Circuit of the Americas F1 track.

This guy is the ultimate thrill ride. I’ll keep our speedometer reading to myself since at this particular event track speed was limited to 60 mph, but it’s fair to say this supercar isn’t born to follow the rules. (Plus, he did, after all, have to show me the brakes.)

Next up, it was my turn and while I admittedly lacked AJ’s talented driving skills, I put it through its paces along the track.

This car has such precision and conquers corners with the effortless confidence of the GT S’s track-tuned chassis. It also features AMG’s 3-stage Adaptive Sport Suspension system, a 47/53 front/rear weight distribution, and electronic limited differential.

Every move it makes is a thrill in and of itself with its powerful handcrafted 4.0L AMG V8 Biturbo under the hood, good for 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.  There is nothing like the sound that engine makes and that’s just how it should be outfitted with AMG’s Performance exhaust system.

You already knew it was fast, but to get technical, it hits 3.7 in zero to 60.

Weight and aerodynamics play a major part in this incredible high-performance machine than even the non-racer can enjoy. Its body is 90% aluminum and its spaceframe weighs just 514 pounds, a class benchmark.

Inside the cockpit, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is a marvel of technology and luxury. Standard AMG Performance seats embrace you and don’t let go, adding to the whole driving experience.  One standout feature is the center console. Believe me, you can’t miss it. It has everything you need to fine-tune the car’s performance systems via rotary and pushbutton controls. (By the way, there are over 750 possible upholstery and trim combinations.)

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT S starts from $131,200.

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