An entry-level AMG at an entry-level price? Well, almost. At just over $90K, this mild-hybrid sedan-come-crossover might be the best bargain going for the budget-minded performance driver outside of a BMW M2.
It’s called the Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe and, from a formal perspective, the car offers a great deal of AMG uptown flash for the buck. Under the hood concessions are made—in relative contrast to the $100K GT 53 4-Door Coupe, that is—but there’s plenty to like: a 3L inline six that pumps out 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The car is designed with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, though, and that brings the power ratings up significantly. The 43 can sprint to 60 in 4.8 seconds; the 53 can do the same in 4.4 seconds thanks to its 429 horsepower. If that doesn’t quite cut it, the $140K GT 63 and $161K GT 63 S pack 577 and 630 horsepower, respectively, and make the trip to 60 in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds. And if that still feels like an eternity, there is an even quicker option: The Brabus 800 and its 800 horses reach 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
AMG-level standard luxuries in the 43 justify the spendy $91K sticker price. The list includes a surround-sound system, adaptive suspension, and an adjustable spoiler on the trunk lid. The 43 comes with the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment software as well, but the executive back seat frills will cost you extra.