Everyone has a friend that works out a ton. You see them, disciplined beyond belief, carting around their prepped meals in plastic containers and using the stopwatch app on their phone to dictate when lunch, post lunch, pre dinner, and dinner time is. But on their one day off a week, they become different people, and that may surprise some of you. There’s a reason bodybuilders have cheat days It’s not just because some of us are psychotically addicted to Skittles or McDonald’s fries. It’s not because many of us are actually gigantic fat kids deep down inside (or even used to be). No, it’s some of all that, but it’s also because we understand that sometimes, we need to cut loose and just enjoy life. We spend so much of our time obsessing about macros and prep, not to mention the actual amount of hours spent at the gym, that once in a while, we need to remember that life is meant to be enjoyed, and the short term consequences be damned. No this isn’t a fitness column, but the analogy here applies to buying cars as well. How? Please allow us to explain.

Most of us are just as disciplined in our normal lives when it comes to building a future and making sound financial decisions. We get a good job, work hard, save our nickels and dimes, and buy a nice house and reliable translation. But, what happens when we are done checking all the disciplined boxes and we are left with that insatiable need for more? That’s when a car like the 2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GT comes along and instantly makes us forget all about rational thinking or sound reasoning, and it’s never felt so good.

The AMG GT is the company’s third attempt over the last two decades at a classically proportioned long hood/short deck sports car. The crazy over the top SLR McLauren came first and then the stunning SLS with its throw-back gull-wing doors came next. The AMG GT is the next iteration of this lineage and it does not disappoint.

Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC aluminum V8 pumps out a sickening 469-horsepower and freight train-like 465 lb-ft of torque, all while redlining at a sonorous 7,000 rpm. That power then gets shuttled through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and then on to the rear wheels, and thankfully, only the rear wheels. We do wish for a traditional manual in this monster, but those seem to be getting harder and harder to come by these days.
From inside the GT, you feel as though you’re sitting on the ground and slung about as far back as a driver can be without having an actual backseat. The expansive hood stretches out before you like an infinity pool while the narrow windows and wide center console make you feel like you’re piloting an F-16 fighter jet, and not a high end luxury grand tourer. The outward visibility is a bit reminiscent of the late 2000’s Camaro, which is to say, it’s not good, while the suspension is not nearly as forgiving as say, and equally priced S500. You feel every bump and imperfection in the road, but when you do find a nice stretch of clean pavement, or take it to the track, this monster really shines.

Thanks in part to a weight bias of 47.8/52.2% front rear, 0-60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while 0-100 mph takes just 8.1 seconds. Keep your foot mashed to the floorboard and the you’ll see the quarter mile fly by in 11.8 seconds at 120 mph, right on up to the governor limited 189 mph top speed. To scrub off all that speed, enormous cross drilled and vented 14.2-inch rotors on both the front and rear haul the 3,709 pound GT down from 70-0 mph in 156 feet. Then when the road starts getting a little twisty, the AMG has an answer for that too, it hangs on like a needy ex-girlfriend to the tune of 1.06 g around the skidpad. Of course no car is perfect, and the GT does require premium fuel as you might expect, and guzzles it at a rate of 16/22/18 city/highway/combined mpg. But if you wanted economical, go buy a Corolla.

Make no mistake, the AMG GT is not a practical car under almost any circumstances, but then, it’s not supposed to be. It’s not even the best in its class. With a base price of around $116,895, a similarly equipped Porsche 911 Carrera S can outrun, out corner, and out brake the GT. Not only that, but the 911 is a more practical car and user friendly on a day-to-day basis. But the problem is that with one look at the AMG GT, it elicits a visceral response from people. It’s over the top styling and low-slung badass looks simply make it a more emotionally appealing car. Sure, the Porsche might be faster, but the GT provides more smiles-per-gallon, if there were such a thing. Just like on a cheat day, if you want a bacon cheeseburger, having a more practical, healthier turkey burger just won’t fill that void. You want what you want, and although the GT is a car that isn’t perfect, one ride will prove that it feels pretty close.