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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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
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 GT’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
There are over 20 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are McLaren dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG GT’s warranty.
The Mercedes AMG GT C’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 465) than the McLaren GT’s 4.0 turbo V8. The Mercedes AMG GT R’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 465) than the McLaren GT’s 4.0 turbo V8.
On the EPA test cycle the Mercedes AMG GT Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the McLaren GT Auto (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).
For better stopping power the Mercedes AMG GT C/R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the McLaren GT:
Mercedes AMG GT C/R
For better traction, the Mercedes AMG GT has larger front standard tires than the McLaren GT (F:255/35R19 & R:295/30R19 vs. F:225/35R20 & R:295/30R21). The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the McLaren GT (F:275/35R19 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:225/35R20 & R:295/30R21).
The Mercedes AMG GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (47% to 53%) than the McLaren GT’s (42.5% to 57.5%). This gives the Mercedes AMG GT more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Mercedes AMG GT’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the McLaren GT’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).
The Mercedes AMG GT is 5 inches shorter than the McLaren GT, making the Mercedes AMG GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Mercedes AMG GT has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The McLaren GT uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
With its convertible body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mercedes AMG GT offers cargo security. The McLaren GT’s defeats cargo security.
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 McLaren GT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, 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 McLaren GT doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Mercedes AMG GT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the McLaren GT.
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 McLaren GT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
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 McLaren GT 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 McLaren GT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Mercedes AMG GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the McLaren GT isn’t available as a convertible.
The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The McLaren GT has never been an “All Star.”
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