It’s undeniable — the Mercedes-AMG GT, the company’s two-seat sports touring coupe, is a gorgeous car. It’s arguably one of the best shapes on four wheels since the iconic Jaguar E-Type, embodying a lot of that classic car’s design ideals: long schnoz, short rear deck, bulbous fenders and a sloping hatchback. It’s the anti-Porsche 911, the thing you buy when you want to stand out at the country club but still want a sporting experience tuned as much for luxury as track duty. And for 2020, Mercedes-Benz has given it a mid-cycle refresh, updating the styling in some subtle ways and upgrading some of the interior electronics to keep it competitive until a serious redesign comes in a couple of years.
Here are five things that are fresh and new on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe:
1. Styled to Match the 4-Door Coupe
The addition of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe (itself really just a rebodied, four-door-coupified version of an E-Class sedan) means that the two-door coupe gets some mild styling updates, as well. There’s a new front end with headlights that mimic the four-door’s light pattern, a new grille and new lower bumper openings. Out back, there are new taillights and a rear exhaust pattern that also ape the look of the four-door version. The changes are subtle but attractive, enhancing the two-door coupe’s look, keeping it fresh and tying it in to the rest of the family lineup on the showroom floor.
2. New Icon Buttons Inside
The center console of the AMG GT two-door coupe has always been a distinctive styling element, but now it brings some slick new technology with it, as well. The boring old buttons of the last model have been replaced with thin-film technology icon buttons that light up with their functions: transmission mode, chassis adjustment, electronic stability control, exhaust system, rear spoiler and stop-start function.
3. New AMG-Specific Steering Wheels
All of the two-door coupes receive the same AMG-specific steering wheel that the four-door has, which unfortunately means that the unpleasant Touch Control five-way controllers are now here. But there are two slick new controls, as well: a multifunction color LCD selector under the left spoke and a rotary dynamic mode selector under the right spoke. You can set them to control any of the functions from the center console (I liked setting the left controller to “auto stop/start defeat” and “exhaust loudener”), and simply punch the buttons on startup if you want to change some settings.
4. New Standard Digital Instrument Display
Replacing the two round analog gauges in the instrument binnacle is a new 12.3-inch digital display, reconfigurable to three different looks (Classic, Sporty or Supersport) and bringing the GT in line with most of the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup. I wish it had a little bit more configurability instead of just the three options Mercedes-Benz decides you can have, but it’s still clear and easy to read, and the three options that are available do provide some very different looks.
5. The Rotary Knob Is Gone
The center console now features a 10.25-inch multimedia display, but the rotary selector wheel has been replaced with a touchpad controller, which isn’t really an improvement in terms of controls — scrolling through things like satellite radio channels is now a chore, for example, and navigation requires a pinch-to-zoom maneuver that doesn’t always work well. This isn’t Mercedes-Benz’s slick new next-generation MBUX multimedia system, but the change has brought some redesigned screens as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the AMG GT.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe | Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman
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