If you didn’t already know as much, it takes barely a moment’s rotation of the GT’s forged crankshaft to make you realise you’re not about to experience a typical modern sporting drive.
The engine’s woofling, deep soundtrack is lavish and enticing. At times it sounds like a powerboat gargling gently out of dock, at others like an angry Welsh baritone in a rugby crowd.
Either way, that delicious, varied tonality is the first major clue that this long-nosed two-seater is no ordinary super-sports car. Rather, it’s a complex, occasionally flawed but always enigmatic mix of out-and-out dynamic thriller, sporting throwback, hot rod muscle car, track-day special and grand touring coupé – all rolled into one.
Getting a permanent hit of charisma from that V8 is, you soon realise, an absolute must – and that means activating the bi-modal exhaust’s Sport mode whenever possible. It is misguided to imagine that deactivating it makes the GT’s cabin any quieter when you’re cruising. The vast majority of the noise filtered in (and there’s plenty) stems from the suspension and tyres.
The car’s raw speed is considerable but perhaps not the outstanding selling point, among £120,000 sports cars, that AMG would have you believe. Just as the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, new Audi R8 V10 Plus and even the latest Nissan GT-R offer more headline power than the GT, so, too, will they accelerate at a rate that the AMG has no answer for.