Gullwing by AMG.
This is not a joke. Repeat: this is not a joke.
Gullwing by AMG.
This is not a joke. Repeat: this is not a joke.
The AMG GT is one of the best sports cars money can buy. What happens when you add two more doors to it?
Well, you get this…
The GT63 is AMG’s own entity, not based on any existing Mercedes-Benz product. This is them saying, “We’re not just a tuning company; we’re perfectly capable of creating our own cars too!” AMG has already blessed us with the SLS AMG and AMG GT, but those are bonafide sports cars. The GT63 is their first real audition for a piece of the pie that is the ultra-competitive luxury car market.
Eerily similar to M-B’s own CLS-klasse, it’s a 4-door coupe, so there's already some internal clashing going on. But with the CLS63 AMG now discontinued, the GT63 fills in nicely where the top-of-the-line, high-performance model left off. The problem, however, is its price. At a 50% premium over its replacement, you have to wonder whether there’s actually demand for a car like this. Nonetheless, I’m sure most of us would like to see AMG succeed, because we can’t get enough of their insane machines.
Though its name is shared with the AMG GT, the GT63 uses a different platform to accommodate its larger size. However, many of its design cues are still derivative of its “sibling”, starting up front with the enormous, in-your-face grille with the vertical chrome slats. The eyes are similarly shaped but are now sharper and meaner than ever. The sloping rear mimics that of the AMG GT, and the GT63 retains its sleek taillights as well as its two-tone mesh wheels. Hey look, no 4-door coupe will ever top the first-gen CLS in terms of design, but this isn’t too shabby either.
In summary: yes, the GT63 is very much a stretched AMG GT.
This eighteenth-scale diecast model from Norev is both a hit and a miss. Like many other models from the French maker, the GT63 needs a more aggressive setup to bring out the sportiness of the real car. That means throwing on larger wheels with lower profile tires and dropping the car down a couple ticks. The shape of the wheels is also incorrect - they should be concave as opposed to flat-faced.
It might not be the best visual representation of the GT63, but where the Norev shines are in its features and that fantastic interior. With wheels that steer and opening doors, bonnet, and rear hatch - as well as a working suspension - the model doubles nicely as a kid’s toy, though it’s a rather pricey one at that. The dealer-exclusive tax applies here, but that’s justified with the sheer amount of detail on the inside. Take note, GT Spirit, of the yellow stitching on the GT63’s upholstery. There’s a lot to take in here, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
A family sedan has no business having 600 horsepower. It also has no business having a feature called Drift Mode, or being painted in gaudy matte black, or flaunting racing stripes. Yet, this is the world we live in today, and there’s no better time to be alive.
Meet the E63 S Edition 1, another one of Mercedes and AMG’s wicked creations. The Edition 1 is a special version of the E63 offered during its first year of production and is not unlike the “first edition” designations used in memorabilia such as trading cards and comic books. You’ll be able to pick these out of the crowd of “regular” E63’s by looking for the aforementioned matte black finish, called Designo Night Black Magno, and the grey stripes along the sides. Matte black is a fad that needs to die, but the Edition 1 looks shockingly good in this color. Also exclusive to the Edition 1 is yellow contrast stitching on the black leather interior; however, this is not replicated on the model you see here.
As indicated by the fender badges, the E63 S possesses a twin-turbo V8 that puts out a brutal 603 horsepower and even more than that in pound-feet of torque. Absolutely ridiculous. Putting that kind of power down to all four wheels allows it to keep pace with the supercars from stoplight to stoplight. While it’s completely unnecessary for a family sedan, it wouldn’t be an AMG without the excess. And with that kind of speed, the E63 is sure to be a favorite among the kids, because what kid wouldn’t like to be shuttled around in what is essentially a rocket on wheels?
The numbers are impressive, but aesthetically, you have to wonder what’s happened to Mercedes-Benz in the last few years. They’ve taken the Audi route, making all of their cars look the same and depriving them of their individual identities. I’m not quite sure I can tell the difference between an E-klasse and a C-klasse anymore, if you only give me one angle to look at. And, as far as the current crop of Benzes goes, I’m not a fan of the flat noses, rounded edges, and overall uninspiring designs. Needless to say, this E63 is not as visually appealing as the generations that have come before it.
This dealer-exclusive GT Spirit model doesn’t quite do it justice either. The wheels are undersized, the car rides a little high - likely due to its thick tires - and it’s missing the Edition 1’s unique yellow stitching on the relatively basic interior. Thus, it’s really just a rehash of GT Spirit’s standard E63 model, which should be out any minute now. I will have the silver one in my hands soon, and a comparison will follow shortly thereafter.
I’m a simple man.
I see the letters ‘A’, ‘M’, and ‘G’, and I make the plunge.
The latest from our favorite budget resin model maker is the Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG, yet another first in the 1:18 scale world. Based on the W220 platform, this executive luxury barge runs on a hand-built, naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V8 that gets this behemoth going in no time. And because power is nothing without control, the Affalterbach-based tuner also fitted the S-Klasse with larger tires and an active body control system that dynamically adapts and adjusts the car’s spring rates when cornering. As M-B’s flagship sedan at the time, this generation also introduced the much maligned, hate-it-or-love-it Airmatic air suspension. For those who have experienced ownership of a Benz product with this feature, you know how it goes. One day as you’re leaving for your weekend excursion, you walk into the garage only to find your car sagging in one (or more) corners, with a hefty repair bill slapped on the windshield.
I mention that because it certainly looks like the system has gone haywire on this Otto. With the W220 being notoriously unreliable, one can vouch for the accuracy presented here. The wheels, in addition, are too large on this model to represent the 18-inch alloys on the real thing. The 5-spoke AMG deep dishes are an all-time classic design, but Otto didn’t get the shape right either - the same way they botched the shoes of the SL73. Another oddity is the placement (too close to center) of the ‘S55’ badge. This is an obvious one that they overlooked.
On the inside, you’ll find a healthy dose of wood grain trim and a generous serving of printed dials for the troublesome infotainment system. Interiors are rarely a strong suit of resin models, but amid the sea of black, the wood adds some much-needed pop. Grilles up front are solid, as usual, but the hood is adorned with the always-classy three-pointed star - just be careful not to break it! The lights, front and rear, are all well-detailed, and the chrome exhaust puts the finishing touches on this Teutonic machine.