Good Lord. What a riot. From the reworked front and rear fascias and increased width to the twin-turbo V8, this thing definitely looks and plays the bonkers part.
Twin turbos? Yup, and lag-free power, to boot. Drop the hammer and there's exactly zero hesitation.
Playing with the drive modes showed there really is a difference. I cruised around mostly in comfort and sport. I tried race for a sec, too, but scared the crap out of myself. Easy to do.
The engine sounds glorious. It’s obnoxiously noisy. I say that as a compliment. Acceleration is immediate, and I mean immediate. The ride is firm in all the modes but not overly so — the car does a great job balancing sportiness and comfort, something I don’t remember saying about, say, an M3. If I had a gripe, I’d say I’d like a liiiiiittle more steering weight. Just a titch. Oh, and this: Away from stops, the dual clutch hesitates some at throttle tip in. Could be smoother. Other than that, all good. All great in fact.
Like we said, it’s an “autobahn-burner in the AMG tradition — glorious, stylish overkill on all fronts.”
–Wes Raynal, editor