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XL introduce the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS

XL introduce the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS


A different beast entirely

With cars, as in life, there are introverts and there are extroverts. Some are happy to plough the furrow of efficiency, dependability and quiet composure, choosing to open up away from the judgemental eyes of their fellows. And then there are the others – the sort that turn up to the party well lubricated, rear end on show, hollering and shrieking for attention without a care in the world.

With a couple of mutations in the family tree (Mssrs. GT3 RS and perhaps the Turbo S) the Porsche 911 falls firmly into the former category. You know where you are with a Porsche. The Mercedes AMG GTS pretender to the just-sub-supercar throne is, on the other hand, a different beast entirely.

It's the stuff of a madman's dreams, all aggression and cartoonish seduction – the unholy alliance between Jessica Rabbit and the A-10 Warthog.

The long Cruella de Vil bonnet, tapering tail and gangster-matte paint job

First of all, we’ve got to address the looks. Whereas the Porsche is an old family friend who still manages to be attractive under the right light the AMG GTS is a straight up leave-your-spouse pearler. The long Cruella de Vil bonnet, tapering tail and gangster-matte paint job literally stop people in their tracks as the machine roars past them. Its the stuff of a madman’s dreams, all aggression and cartoonish seduction – the unholy alliance between Jessica Rabbit and the A-10 Warthog.

In fact, roaring is something the AMG GTS does very competently indeed. The twin turbo hot 503 bhp V8 combined with AMG’s frankly supernatural grasp of exhaust acoustics produces a deep rumble, through throaty gurgle right up to a jungle cat scream. It is a noise that causes animals to attack their owners in the street and old people to require oxygen. Flip the dial into race mode and see civilians wince as you gun the engine. It never gets old.


And with all this fire and brimstone comes power and pace, buckets of the stuff. Punching out 3.6 secs to 60 and delivering 193mph the engine is monstrous.

The verdict

But it is also precise, tightly wound and torquey to the point of silliness and, when mated with a stunningly crisp and responsive gear box, it delivers an incredibly locked on experience. Indeed, this sense of driver and engine harmony allied with hugely agile and responsive handling makes the AMG GTS a truly great car.

Unthinkably, the 911 may have met its match.

How we're responding to COVID-19.

At XL we've introduced several measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Our head office is open for drop-offs and collections and all our vehicles are fully valeted and sterilised. Collections and drop-off staff all have full PPE including face masks, sanitising spray and hand cleaning fluid.

Our procedures for customers collecting vehicles:
  • New vehicles will be cleaned, sanitised and disinfected by our staff member, who will then place the keys on the windscreen and then go 2 metres away whilst the client goes to the vehicle to inspect it. Once our customer has checked and is happy with the vehicle a copy of the inspection report is emailed straight to them.
  • The handover is complete, and no contact is made between the customer and staff member. Spare gloves and sanitising wipes are available for our customers to use should they be required.
Our procedures for customers returning vehicles:
  • When a customer arrives with the vehicle our staff member will direct you to park the vehicle in a dedicated parking area and ask you to leave the vehicle, locking it and placing the keys on the windscreen. Once our customer has done this and is the required 2 metres away our staff member will approach the vehicle to disperse the sanitising/disinfecting fluid on the keys unlock and enter the vehicle sanitising the dashboard, steering wheel, handbrake, door and window controls, seat adjustment controls. Our staff member will then perform the initial visual checks inside the vehicle, such as mileage, servicing and fuel levels. A full external check of the vehicle is performed, along with tyres, under to bonnet and boot. Any new damage is noted. Once the inspection is complete a copy of the inspection will be emailed straight to the client.

Keep on keeping on... and stay safe!