2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive evaluate: AMG’s celebratory present is a delight

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Mercedes-Benz and Porsche haven’t all the time been adversaries. The
two German automotive icons, hailing from east and north of
Stuttgart, Germany, respectively, had been as soon as occasional
collaborators.

Not that you simply’d know that from behind the wheel of the 2018
Mercedes-AMG GT C coupe.

This squat, huge, coupe is the range-topper within the AMG GT
lineup, at the very least for mere mortals with round $140,000 to
spend. Positive, there’s the
track-oriented AMG GT R with its signature yellow knob to
dial again its traction management sitting fairly on the prime of the
lineup. However should you reside the place the roads are curvy, the GT C is
the one you’ll in all probability need.

We’ve already
pushed the GT C in droptop type, however a hardtop is inbound.
It’ll first launch early subsequent yr
because the Version 50, a limited-run mannequin supplied as each a
convertible and a coupe with matte black or matte white paint,
numerous yellow touches, and a silver leather-based inside. A
common AMG GT C coupe out there in your selection of hues will
comply with.

It’s what AMG product supervisor Nadine Bottner calls a “present” to
the devoted to have fun 50 years of hot-rodded Benzes. The
Version 50 is gaudy, however this automobile isn’t about subtlety within the
manner
appropriately optioned Porsche 911 could be.

As a substitute, with the GT C, you’re getting a twin-turbo V-Eight that
sends its 550 horsepower to the rear wheels through a 7-speed
dual-clutch computerized transmission. It’s up greater than 80 hp
over the bottom AMG GT and 35 hp above the GT S, however the GT C
additionally has a wider stance with meatier 12.Zero-inch huge rubber out
again, a rear-steer system, and an digital limited-slip
differential. The coupe is identical because the roadster, solely a
little cheaper (determine round $15,000 much less, though Mercedes
hasn’t but introduced pricing) and somewhat lighter (about 75
kilos).

The GT C’s actual positioning in opposition to the 911 lineup is difficult to
place, although. Its energy output straddles the hole between the
911 GTS and the 911 Turbo. It handles extra just like the latter, however
with a decidedly totally different aptitude. The GT C’s engine is mounted
manner again below the lengthy hood, almost within the dashboard. Its
inside is tight, with a seating place that’s almost on the
floor and a view out much more compromised than the 911. A large
heart console emphasizes the truth that this automobile is an
evolution (a giant one, admittedly) of the AMG SLS. It’s like a
Viper with extra sound deadening. Cue up the conspiracy theories
in three, 2…

The AMG GT C’s three-spoke steering wheel has a direct line to
the entrance wheels, however the rear wheels have about 1.5 levels of
toe that lets them tag together with the fronts at larger speeds
for higher cornering stability or to work in opposition to them round
city for improved maneuverability. It’s not nimble, however it’s
predictable and prepared for quick inputs from the motive force. It’s the
type of automobile that lets you be indecisive within the nanoseconds
earlier than you enter a curve with out issues going awry.

The place the AMG GT C is most akin to a Porsche is in its journey
high quality. The adjustable dampers customary on the AMG GT C
substitute the bottom mannequin’s trick Multimatic models. There’s an
additional, stiffer mode right here than what you’ll discover within the GT S, however
the GT C by no means felt too harsh on our drive round Paderborn,
Germany. It’s not a featherweight, however it’s all-day
snug.

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