All GT Coupes use AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, with the ‘regular’ car offering 470bhp, the S model 515bhp, the GT C 550bhp and the track-focused GT R an astounding 577bhp. In all variants the engine sounds booming and brutish. In fact, we’d go so far to say that it is one of the most aggressive-sounding turbocharged engines currently on sale.
And of course, with all versions producing well over 450bhp, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the AMG GT is astoundingly quick – even the ‘entry-level’ car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds. But impressive straight line speed is only one element of a successful GT car. A good GT also needs to be rewarding to drive, comfortable at a cruise and practical enough to use every day. And that’s why we think the GT C is the best-balanced version in the line up.
Thanks to corner-faster features, such as rear-wheel steering, an electronically controlled locking differential, a wider track (the GT C gets the GT Rs ‘widebody’) and massive Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres, it’s more agile and engaging than the standard model.
True, it still isn’t quite as refined as the very best GT cars (the boominess of the engine combined with the road noise generated by the massive rear tyres puts paid to that) but it's no less comfortable than the standard car.
Our only suggestion would be to avoid the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package, which brings adaptive engine and transmission mounts and a firmer suspension set-up. The two former additions are welcome, but the firmer suspension simply results in a brittle ride.
Of course, in terms of outright performance and handling, the range-topping GT R is in a different league with its bespoke suspension, active aerodynamics, revised electronics and lighter bodywork. But if we’re honest, both a Porsche 911 GT3 and McLaren 540C do the track car thing better, while both will prove faster down a typical tight and twisty British country lane. Plus with its uncomfortable bucket seats, firmer ride and aggressive front and rear splitters (speedbumps beware) it just isn’t refined enough to be a relaxing long-distance GT car.