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The Mercedes AMG GT’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The DBS doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The Mercedes AMG GT has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The DBS doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Mercedes AMG GT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The DBS doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Mercedes AMG GT’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The DBS doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
The Mercedes AMG GT’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The DBS doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The Mercedes AMG GT has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The DBS doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Mercedes AMG GT and the DBS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The AMG GT comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The DBS’ 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
There are almost 11 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG GT’s warranty.
As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes AMG GT R is faster than the Aston Martin DBS:
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the Mercedes AMG GT Auto with its standard engine gets better city fuel mileage than the DBS Superleggera (16 city/22 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).
The Mercedes AMG GT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The DBS doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The Mercedes AMG GT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The DBS doesn’t offer launch control.
The Mercedes AMG GT stops shorter than the DBS:
Mercedes AMG GT
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the DBS (F:275/35R19 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:265/35R21 & R:305/30R21).
The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe handles at 1.12 G’s, while the DBS Superleggera Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the DBS Superleggera Coupe (22.8 seconds @ .96 average G’s vs. 23.6 seconds @ .89 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Mercedes AMG GT’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the DBS’ (37.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).
The Mercedes AMG GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Aston Martin DBS.
The Mercedes AMG GT is 6.1 inches shorter than the DBS, making the Mercedes AMG GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Mercedes AMG GT has .9 inches more front headroom and 4.1 inches more front shoulder room than the DBS.
The Mercedes AMG GT Coupe has a larger trunk than the DBS Coupe (10.1 vs. 9.5 cubic feet).
With its convertible body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mercedes AMG GT offers cargo security. The DBS’ non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Mercedes AMG GT. The DBS doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Mercedes AMG GT’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The DBS doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Mercedes AMG GT offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The DBS doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Mercedes AMG GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The DBS doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Mercedes AMG GT offers optional extendable sun visors. The DBS doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Mercedes AMG GT’s optional sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The DBS’ visors are fixed into the windshield header.
The Mercedes AMG GT has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The DBS has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mercedes AMG GT offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The DBS doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The DBS has never been an “All Star.”
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