2020 Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe vs. 2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ferrari GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has standard front and rear seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The GTC4Lusso doesn't offer rear-seat side-impact airbags, only ones for front seat occupants.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has standard NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The AMG S-Class Coupe 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 GTC4Lusso doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the AMG S-Class Coupe. But it costs extra on the GTC4Lusso.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the AMG S-Class Coupe helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has a standard Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GTC4Lusso only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s 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. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the AMG S-Class Coupe’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 GTC4Lusso 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 AMG S-Class Coupe and the GTC4Lusso have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe weighs 467 to 727 pounds more than the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The AMG S-Class Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The GTC4Lusso’s 3-year/100,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GTC4Lusso’s (5/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are almost 10 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG S-Class Coupe’s warranty.

Engine

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The AMG S-Class Coupe’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 1 more horsepower (603 vs. 602) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 561) than the GTC4Lusso T’s standard 3.9 turbo V8. The AMG S-Class Coupe’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 150 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 514) than the GTC4Lusso’s optional 6.3 DOHC V12.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG S-Class Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the GTC4Lusso:

MPG

AMG S-Class

AWD

63 4.0 turbo V8

17 city/27 hwy

GTC4Lusso

RWD

3.9 turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

AWD

6.3 DOHC V12

12 city/17 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG S-Class Coupe’s fuel efficiency. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG S-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GTC4Lusso.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG S-Class Coupe’s optional brake rotors are larger than those on the GTC4Lusso:

AMG S-Class

GTC4Lusso

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.7 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The AMG S-Class Coupe has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the AMG S-Class Coupe has larger front tires than the GTC4Lusso (255/40R20 vs. 245/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG S-Class Coupe uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the GTC4Lusso, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Cargo Capacity

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With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG S-Class offers cargo security. The GTC4Lusso’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG S-Class Coupe’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The AMG S-Class Coupe’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The GTC4Lusso has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has a standard 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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The GTC4Lusso’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GTC4Lusso’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left open on the AMG S-Class Coupe the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the GTC4Lusso can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG S-Class Coupe to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the AMG S-Class Coupe detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG S-Class Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the AMG S-Class Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the AMG S-Class Coupe and the GTC4Lusso have standard heated front seats. The AMG S-Class Coupe also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GTC4Lusso.

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG S-Class Coupe’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the GTC4Lusso.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG S-Class Coupe 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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The AMG S-Class Coupe has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The AMG S-Class Coupe’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG S-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Ferrari GTC4Lusso isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.

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