The more powerful version of a car is always better, right? Not always, and that might be the case with the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The 503-hp AMG GT S makes 47 more horsepower than the non-S version, but a few detail changes on the base car make it just a little sweeter to drive.
That's according to editor Dan Trent, who has his hands on a base AMG GT for this video review. Unlike the GT S, the regular GT gets passive dampers made by Multimatic (yes, the same Multimatic that's building Ford's GT), and a mechanical rear locking differential. These geeky details help draw a significant contrast with the GT S, which has an electronic differential and adjustable dampers.
The result is a more playful, arguably more pure sports car. Where the GT S offers herculean grip for being rear-wheel-drive, the GT is more eager to play around and go sideways. The GT isn't as supple as the GT S as it doesn't have a dedicated Comfort setting, but those fancy dampers still do a great job of handling bumpy roads.
Oh and with 456 horsepower on tap, the base GT isn't slow either. The GT is still an expensive car with its $111,200 starting price, but hey, that's $20,000 less than the GT S.