Mercedes-AMG GT C
The AMG GT range is now four cars wide, from 469bhp base GT, through
GT S and GT C to fire-breathing 577bhp GT R. It’s all a bit complicated, with power and features added as you climb up through the range, plus a couple of roadster versions. The GT C is the most recent addition to a clan that clearly aims to have the breadth of Porsche’s 911. It has the wider bodywork and rear-wheel steer of the flagship, but does without most of the other features (active aero, enhanced torsional rigidity, extra weight saving, and carbon torque tube) that help make the GT R properly awesome to drive.
This means it feels more like an uprated GT S than a more affordable GT R. The handling is still a little on the snatchy side, the ride isn’t as well damped and the steering is slightly too eager into corners. It’s not helped by the fact you sit a long way back in the very wide chassis, ensconced in a dark, deep cabin. On the plus side, it’s very fast, makes a great woofly bark of noise and is genuinely charismatic.
Put it this way: if you’re considering a new Aston Vantage, it’s worth having this on your radar. OLLIE MARRIAGE
Engine 3982cc V8 twin-turbo, 550bhp, 680Nm Performance 0–100kph in 3.7secs, 317kph, 12.5L/100km, 284g/km CO2 Weight 1700kg