Mercedes-AMG GT C

£127,745

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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

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