The Mercedes-AMG GT S on the road in Munich.

With the Mercedes-AMG GT S in Munich.

Luxury, lifestyle and the good life: we set off in the Mercedes-AMG GT S to attend the opening of top chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s exquisite Japanese restaurant in Munich.

Mercedes-AMG GT S:

Fuel consumptions combined: 9.6-9.4 l/100 km;

CO₂ emissions combined: 224-219 g/km.*

In its element on winding roads.

The country road winds its way through lush grassland, a touch of high fog hugs the Alps which are coming into view on the horizon. A couple of deer romp around at the edge of the woods under a steel-blue sky – it really is difficult to imagine a better backdrop for an excursion in a sports car such as the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Its 4.0-litre biturbo engine and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission release a powerful growl as it accelerates out of one bend before homing in on the next with its robust AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system and its razor-sharp steering.

There is no doubt about it: the Alpine foothills around Munich are the perfect terrain for the Mercedes-AMG GT S, offering ideal conditions in which to enjoy the merits of this top sports car from Affalterbach. And on the subject of enjoyment: we are not here solely for the pleasure of the driving experience, but are also on our way to a top-notch culinary event – the opening of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa's self-named restaurant. We have an appointment with the top chef and self-confessed Mercedes-Benz fan at his brand-new establishment in Munich.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S on the road near Munich.
An excursion to the “Viktualienmarkt”.

An excursion to the “Viktualienmarkt”.

After our trip through the idyllic pre-alpine countryside, we finally reach the Bavarian state capital. A look at the clock shows that we are a little early, so we make a detour to Munich’s daily market which goes by the name of “Viktualienmarkt”. An extremely diverse spectrum of fare is on offer here, from fruit and vegetable stands to delicacies and fish specialities. After a stroll around the market we take a souvenir photo with the Mercedes-AMG GT S. We park the car close to the market – it is only a couple of minutes’ walk from here to our destination: the “Mandarin Oriental Hotel Munich”.

New benchmarks in fine dining.

The opening of the “Matsuhisa” Restaurant in Munich sets new benchmarks in fine dining. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is renowned worldwide for exceptional restaurant concepts and its successful collaborations with international star chefs. In Munich, the entire catering area, including the lobby lounge and bar, has been refurbished in connection with the opening of the new restaurant. The Dutch design studio “FG stijl” has created an exceptional setting in which warm shades of brown and gold combined with minimalist furniture showcase exquisite Asian highlights.

The opening of the Matsuhisa Restaurant in Munich sets new benchmarks in fine dining.

One such highlight is the movable screen made of spruce wood, which can be used to offer a little seclusion for a large private dining table in the middle of the restaurant.

The car key of the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

The star chef and his dream car.

At the opening of his first restaurant in Germany at the “Mandarin Oriental Munich”, Japanese star chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa admits to being a keen car enthusiast and explains that his dream car ever since his childhood days has always been a Mercedes. His first car in Peru was a Chevrolet, but the culinary globetrotter has since progressed to a Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG – so it’s no surprise that his eyes light up when he discovers the brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT S in matt selenite grey outside the hotel.

A self-confessed petrol-head: “Nobusan” tests the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

Nobu is enthralled as soon as he takes his seat in the elegant, sporty interior of the top-of-the-range AMG model. Elegant, stylish and sporty, the car exudes an accomplished blend of motorsport and luxury. After starting up the 510 hp engine, the master of Japanese cuisine can’t wait to set off on a trip through sunny Munich. During the journey Nobu talks about his love of driving through the mountains of his native Japan, where he retreats to a solitary mountain lodge when time allows. On such journeys, he enjoys listening to relaxed lounge music, with an occasional switch to the Rolling Stones on faster stretches.

The Japanese star chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

“Nobusan”, as he is respectfully known to his closer acquaintances, is delighted to be driving the classy vehicle through the streets of Munich. He smiles and enjoys the impressive sports car – for him, this is a reward for hard work and unflagging discipline.

Signature creations.

After the excursion we return to the hotel, where Nobu tells us that, while he enjoys travelling, a dinner with his family is at the top of his wish list. It took a long time for his now legendary dishes such as the “Black Cod” or his “Nobu Tacos” to attain international recognition. His signature mix of supreme quality, simple preparation and ingenious combinations has made him one of the most famous and most sought-after chefs worldwide – and what car manufacturer could fit better into this picture than the brand bearing the Mercedes star?

The Japanese star chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.

Hand-finished in Affalterbach, every AMG sports car is a similarly unique and exquisite creation, from the engine down to the finest points of detail.

Haute cuisine and the fine art of car making.

We round off our trip with a brief evening excursion to the Munich gourmet restaurant “Tantris”, which has been well-known throughout Germany since 1971 by virtue of its excellent cuisine and its extravagant design. Here we meet an old friend of the Japanese chef: Hans Haas, star chef of the “Tantris”, and Nobu met in Switzerland 16 years ago. After dining together, we take our leave of “Nobusan”. For the top chef and petrol-head, the day in Munich with the Mercedes-AMG GT S was a fantastic experience. We are convinced that haute cuisine and the fine art of car making are a perfect match.

The Mercedes-AMG GT S at the Tantris restaurant in Munich.


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