Big, bad V8s all around
Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our new configurator challenge, we’re going to let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model.
For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing the perfect Mercedes-AMG GT.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and which cars you’d like to see next!
Mandy Turner, Podcast host and Road Tester
The GT has always made me go phwoar when I see one prowling the streets. It’s just a stunner, and has always been my favourite modern Mercedes-Benz.
I have chosen the 'standard' 350kW GT coupe as I believe Mercedes-Benz makes the best-looking coupe you can buy, and you really don’t need any more power than that.
I have used the classic 300SL as my inspiration for this configuration. The hero colour for the iconic Gullwing was silver, so I have picked metallic Iridium Silver on the outside.
The upholstery I have chosen is the Exclusive Nappa leather/Dinamica microfibre in Black with red stitching. The other red seat choices were just too in your face, so the stitching was subtle enough to break up the black.
To match, I also optioned the designo red seat belts.
The GT rides on 19/20" AMG cross spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey, because the more spokes the better.
If someone could kindly please hand over the money to make these photos into the real thing now, that would be amazing.
James Wong, Journalist
I've gone for the AMG GT R – the wildest of them all. Why? It looks like someone took a normal GT and played around with the options on Need For Speed.
For the exterior finish I have chosen AMG Green Hell Magno, which is a metallic matte finish. It's the model's hero colour and having seen one in the flesh, it looks great too.
Instead of the standard silver alloys, I've opted for the matte-black AMG Performance alloys with polished rim flange, because I reckon they give a good contrast with the green body.
Inside, there's black nappa leather with Dinamica microfibre inserts on the seats and steering wheel, contrasted with grey top-stitching. I ticked the box for red seat belts as well – though you can't see them in the pictures.
You may notice the carbon-fibre trim inserts as well, which I've chosen over the standard gloss-black accents.
In terms of options, I added carbon-fibre package II, which changes the side mirror housings and rear wing into carbon-fibre elements, the AMG Clubsport package – adding extra rigidity components, four-point seatbelts and a body-colour rollover protection system behind the seats.
Other options ticked include privacy glass – because paparazzi – and the AMG ceramic composite braking system.
It's the perfect AMG to do 'Chap Laps' in and then tear up your local racing circuit.
Scott Collie, Journalist
If you're building a big, bad V8 coupe, why not make it the biggest, baddest V8 coupe in the range. Ergo, here's my AMG GT R.
As with James' car, it's powered by a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine making 430kW for a 4.0-second dash to 100km/h. Top speed is a suitably impressive 304km/h, not that you'd ever get near that on the road in Australia.
Unlike my esteemed colleague on the news desk, there was no chance of this GT R being finished in that stupid shade of green. Instead, it's finished in Brilliant Blue metallic on 19-inch/20-inch AMG forged alloy wheels.
The optional exterior carbon-fibre package II gives you carbon side mirror housings and a rear wing finished in the lightweight weave, while the AMG Clubsport package was a no brainer. Four-point harnesses, a roll-cage and a stiffer body are all positives when it comes to track cars and this is, at its core, a track car.
With that in mind, I've also optioned the AMG Performance Media 3.0/Track Pack.
Inside, the standard black seats are offset by yellow stitching and yellow seatbelts. No pink shirts, okay?
Mike Costello, Senior Editor
Well, I’m getting the GT R coupe. In Green Hell Magno paint because the world doesn’t need another silver Benz. Can we spec-up cars for people who aren’t Alborz, next time?
This 430kW weapon tears up a track and balances daily driving almost as well as a 911, but has a lot more attitude and scarcity on its side.
As you’d expect for a car that costs $400k on the road, it comes loaded. But I’ve splurged on two AMG Exterior carbon-fibre packages, and also some matte-carbon trim inside. Oh, and carbon-fibre on the engine cover and the interior strut.
I’ve thrown on some matte-black 10-spoke alloys (19-inch/20-inch) with polished flanges, a sentence that hardly rolls off the tongue, red brake calipers, and red seatbelts inside. If I’m being made to option a try-hard car, then I’m trying hard.
Inside I’ve spent on the Burmester 3D Surround Sound System, and Dinamica roof lining in evocative black.