2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 essentials: AMG’s (slightly) softer side

Our Opinion: Mercedes calls the AMG GT four-door coupe line its “first four-door sports car.” Given that, and the name, it makes sense the car is just an AMG GT with two extra doors, right? Nope. It’s actually part E-Class and part CLS. Mercedes says the four door follows the company’s “sensual purity” design philosophy: Long hood with two power domes, low greenhouse, AMG’s new grille and shark nose front bumper… you get the picture. I think the car looks good, and I must say I don’t really remember a car getting as many compliments as this one did during my drive. Everybody loved the shape, or the color — designo brilliant blue mango ($3,950, and worth it) — or both.
Climb aboard and there’s quite a bit more room inside than I would have guessed, especially rear headroom. Build quality and materials are excellent, as I do expect. The thin sport seats are a little tight for me but not too bad. The giant double screen, stretching almost the whole width of the interior, is no longer controlled by a dial on the center console. In its place is a mousepad type controller. I don’t love it. I liked the knob.