It's taken Mercedes-Benz South Africa a long time to get the 4-door AMG GT to local shores, but it finally has. What a way to do it too, with the brutish and most powerful derivative: the GT 63 S!
When we produced this video review, this was the second most powerful production AMG ever (it lies 3rd now that the AMG GT Black Series was launched this week), after the SL65 AMG Black Series, a car with a monster twin-turbocharged V12. As is the way of things these days, this new AMG develops all its power from a twin-turbo V8, the same engine you'll find in the 2-door GT and even cars like the Aston Martin Vantage.
But Mercedes-AMG is a brand that's famous for making sledgehammer saloons, and so they created this, a bit of a Frankenstein 4-door, with the chassis from an E-Class, a whole load of chassis strengthening and the name of a sportscar lopped on the rear.
Sure, there's plenty here to differentiate it from the E63 AMG, but after spending some time with the monster Benz, our video journalist Ciro De Siena was still unsure whether this newcomer is indeed a supercar or, as the name suggests, a grand tourer...