2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door First Drive: Wunderbar

Rain pelts the windshield, blinding me as I putter along at 20 miles per hour on an unfamiliar road in the Hill Country outside Austin, Texas. Forrest Gump would call it “the big, ol fat rain,” and the wipers of the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door are struggling to evacuate it from the sleek windscreen.

These are not ideal conditions for testing the latest product from the mad scientists at AMG. And yet, here I am. While a boat might be more suitable, the GT 4-Door is hardly a bad place to suffer through this implacable weather. In fact, at the moment, I can't think of a vehicle I'd rather be sitting in. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is possibly the best performance sedan I've ever driven.

But the GT 4-Door is a car that spoils its pilot not only in the way it drives, but how it feels to sit inside. AMG's influence is impossible to miss, but it hasn't come at the expense of Mercedes-Benz's understanding of luxury.

You don't sit in the AMG GT 4-Door. With the high transmission tunnel bisecting the cabin, the almost race-like AMG sport seats grabbing body parts you didn't know you had, and the oversized steering wheel sitting in your lap, the GT 4-Door wraps around you, like the world's fastest cape.

The GT 4-Door wraps around you, like the world's fastest cape.

Atop that high center console is everything a driver could ever need. Display...