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It’s only nat­u­ral for the most ex­pen­sive car in the Dream Cars range to fly the flag up front. At nearly RM1.5mil on the road, the GT C treads dan­ger­ously close to su­per­car ter­ri­tory, but it does so while main­tain­ing enough grace to head­line Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s col­lec­tion of beau­ti­ful coupes and con­vert­ibles. The Ger­man mar­que al­ready has the track-spec GT R mount­ing a se­ri­ous as­sault on the Fer­rari Portofino et al fur­ther up the food chain. Not that we’re call­ing the GT C a slouch.

The AMG GT fam­ily is slowly mim­ick­ing the con­fus­ing va­ri­ety the Porsche 911 is in­fa­mous for. There’s the base GT, fol­lowed by the GT S, GT C and GT R, not count­ing the road­ster vari­ants.

Ob­vi­ously, you get more power with ev­ery step, and the GT C is just one rung away from the sum­mit. It gets Af­fal­ter­bach’s twin-turbo V8 in 557bhp tune, which is 35bhp more than you’d get in the S but 28bhp less than the R. But one vi­tal in­gre­di­ent in the GT C makes it a dreamier AMG than the tamer GT S, or even the base GT. It’s all in how dif­fer­ently the rear of the car is set up.

The GT C gets the more planted rear track of the GT R, which is 57mm wider than the GT S’s. To top it off, it boasts rear axle steer­ing which vir­tu­ally widens the wheel­base on the turn and tight­ens the turn­ing cir­cle in real world sit­u­a­tions where nec­es­sary. We found the GT S very twitchy on pub­lic roads the last time we drove it, but the ad­di­tions to the GT C help ad­dress this is­sue and im­bue a wel­come sense of ma­tu­rity to the over­all ride and han­dling.

These im­prove­ments set the driver up for a bet­ter taste of the GT C’s dy­namic qual­i­ties, of which it has plenty. Flat out, it will hit 100kph from a stand­still in 3.7 sec­onds be­fore top­ping out at a strato­spheric 316kph – the AMG Speed­shift 7-speed DCT plays an in­te­gral role here. Its straight line prow­ess can also be at­trib­uted to clever ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics such as the Air­panel lou­vres at the front of the car and a re­tractable rear apron. Off the straights, things like an electro­mechan­i­cal speed-sen­si­tive steer­ing, AMG Ride Con­trol adap­tive dampers and three-stage ESP help keep things in check for this pseudo su­per­car.

What con­sti­tutes su­per­car lev­els of per­for­mance in the first place is de­bat­able. But one thing the GT C cer­tainly doesn’t lack if put shoul­der-to-shoul­der with the fastest Ital­ian ex­otics on sale to­day is pres­ence. The new Panamer­i­cana grille, Jet Wing air in­takes and 20-inch AMG al­loys dec­o­rate an al­ready strik­ing sil­hou­ette with a whole new layer of ag­gres­sion. The AMG Per­for­mance ex­haust gives the GT C the sound­track to match. Su­per­fi­cial as they may be, these fea­tures alone are enough to make some dream about own­ing an AMG GT in any given for­mat, and we can’t blame them. As far as cars bran­dish­ing the three-pointed star go, this is rather spe­cial.

GT C adopts the GT R’s Panamer­i­cana grille and wider rear track Only two seats but enough AC vents to cool an MPV The rear looks a lit­tle ‘naked’ with the wing re­tracted

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