QOTD: The Best Upscale Car Design of the 2010s?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd the best upscale car design of the 2010s

We’ve had two prior posts discussing the highs and lows of automotive design from the decade most recently closed. Both those times we kept our choices in the affordable category, where starting prices were under $100,000 when new. Today we double that limit, and consider upscale designs.

As before, we’re focusing on production cars. Excluded are design exercises, prototypes, and one-offs of esoteric value built by South Coast Customs or what have you. Concerning ourselves with upscale designs today, six figures is the target. Cars which cost between $100,000 and $200,000 are fair game. Surely there was much beauty on offer for such significant money, right?

Oh look, here’s one!

It’s the Mercedes-AMG GT. You’ll note there’s no Benz in its name, and that’s because it was developed entirely by AMG. A challenger to Porsche’s 911, AMG hired Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton to assist with the design. The all-new car debuted in 2015 as a coupe and convertible. There are several different versions on sale, including one called the 4-Door Coupe (which is ugly). I’m focused on the coupe version.

On offer at the lower end of today’s budget, the coupe starts at $113,500 and heads up to a reasonable $158,000 for the sportiest R version. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is standard, and all versions are rear-wheel drive. Also standard is the sleek coupe shape with a properly long hood, enormous Silver Arrow in the grille, and excellent surface tension across the entire exterior. In person they have quite a presence, appearing graceful and upscale. I think the AMG GT will go down as a design classic.

But maybe I’m wrong. Do you have a different premium design winner from the 2010s?

[Images: Porsche, Mercedes-Benz]

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