2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C have a 4.0-liter, handcrafted turbocharged V8 engine, but the differences in power and character are palpable. One car is fast; the other, well, vicious.
The GT C Roadster slathered in $9,900 designo Solarbeam Yellow paint. It's a pretty car that's lustworthy enough to earn buckets of buyers based on its looks alone, but like Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina, there's a tremendous machine disguised by all that hotness.
AMG GT R (which goes further with a rear diffuser, a manually adjustable wing, and other high-tech aero enhancements), as are the active aero shutters located below the AMG Panamericana grille that for 2017 now graces the face of every AMG GT model. And don't be surprised when that grille starts showing up on future AMG models as Mercedes seeks greater visual differentiation between its three sub-brands: Mercedes-Benz, -Maybach, and -AMG.
The accompanying soundtrack is sweetly mechanical and addicting, encouraging you to downshift early and often to let it sing to its handcrafted heart's content. Rocketing forth in the opposite direction up the gearbox brings in the talents of the standard AMG Performance Exhaust, complete with loud and extra-loud modes. Its song is spot-on, being just enthusiastic enough to make your toes tingle but not so obnoxious to draw complaints from the HOA. The snaps, crackles, and pops it produces when off throttle are also of the more subtle, natural variety than the rather contrived, farty efforts found in an increasing number of cars.
In addition to the extra power, the GT C's otherwise shared seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission gets revised gearing – first gear has a higher ratio, seventh has a lower one. As always, this transmission is a gem when in Sport+ or the Race mode exclusive to the C and R. It expertly knows when it's appropriate to downshift when braking hard into a corner, and as a result you end up using the paddle shifters because it's fun, not because it's necessary. Meanwhile, the transmission's behavior in Comfort mode is just as buttery smooth as that of a traditional automatic.