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should be, and a quick press ignites one of the most magical powerhouses in the auto kingdom. Mercedes-AMG’s new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 packs 503 horseys and 479 pound-feet of torque. It is one impressive piece of design that squeezes those dual turbochargers tightly into the center of the V for compactness. The petite size and dry-sump lubrication allowed the designers to mount the V-8 well behind the front-wheel centerline and low in the chassis. This, along with bolting the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic at the back of the car, makes for awesome handling agility. Boy, does this car fly. Stomp on the throttle and it will catapult from standstill to 60 in just 3.7 seconds and keep going until the speedo needle kisses 193 mph. With every one of those 479 turbocharged torques on tap from just 1,750 rpm, the GT delivers mind-blowing midrange thrust. You can also tailor the car’s engine responses to your mood. The Comfort mode tones down the exhaust thunder for morning commutes, while full-on Race makes you feel like Vin Diesel in Furious 7. You’d need a racetrack, however, to come anywhere close to exploring the upper echelons of the GT’s handling prowess. On Floridian highways and by-ways, this car is so agile—and so freaky fast through curves—that it never feels like it’s breaking a sweat. It’s no wonder then that Motor Trend magazine recently awarded the AMG GT S its coveted Best Driver’s Car 2015 accolade. I love this car. I love its racefocused character, its badboy demeanor, its pure PRICE: From $130,825 driving excitement, and its ENGINE: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 truly breathtaking looks. POWER: 503 hp TORQUE: 479 poundAnd, at $130 grand, I love feet TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic 0-60: 3.7 seconds TOP SPEED: 193 mph that it’s a steal. «

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LENGTH/WIDTH: 179/76.3 inches WEIGHT: 3,627 pounds WHY WE LOVE IT: It merges the latest technology with old-school sports-car driving thrills.

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