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Shortcut Eye-catcher: Welcome to Munich, fearless noisemaker. The service is in great demand, with the AMG GT S at the top of the reservation list. “The first reaction of the guests to whom I present the keys to the car is usually awe,” explains Maik Schlosser, concierge of the Adlon Kempinski, entrusted with the handover of the vehicle, “then they lightly caress the steering wheel with a look as if they were about to unwrap a present.” This present also packs a punch. You cannot get any closer to the feeling of racing: 510 hp, a speedometer that reaches up to 360 kilometers per hour. When getting in, you enter another world, one that smells like wood and leather. Behind the long hood, the driver lies flat and compact over the road. The distinctiveness of this car can be felt from the first touch. Its appearance swings between retro-futurism and visionary state-of-the-art; the Mercedes- AMG GT S allows you to have your cake and eat it too: On Munich’s Maximilianstrasse it captivates with its sporty impertinence; at the Brandenburg Gate, it blends into the image with elegant understatement. And in Berchtesgaden it plays the vigorous outdoorsman. “Mercedes-AMG is a perfect partner,” says Werner Müller, hotel manager of the Kempinski Hotel there. “It can bring home performance and exclusivity to our guests right outside the front door.” In Berchtesgaden a gorgeous mountain landscape lurks beyond the doorstep. In Berlin there are daydreaming passers by. Just like the 79-year old Wolfgang Kownatzki, who doesn’t want to snap out of his reverie. “It looks like you could eat it,” says the Berliner. With all due respect, maybe that’s something you should do in one of the Kempinski restaurants. Or get in again and take another lap. Text: Stefan Adrian Photos: Kuno Mann 32


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