AMG GT C
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