What is it?
If you’ve been holding on for just the right kind of Mercedes-AMG GT, this might be your moment.
The GT C, driven here in the UK for the first time, slots into the range between the GT S and track-day-ready GT R. It adopts the active rear steering and electronically controlled locking differential of the latter but goes without the unyielding racing buckets, mad diffuser or rear wing (you get a dinky retractable spoiler instead).
Not that there isn’t drama here. You can most easily identify a C by the extraordinary breadth of its aluminium rear bodywork, which is 57mm wider than that of the standard car, and 305-section Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres. Meanwhile, the car’s maw gets the chrome braces of Mercedes’ ‘Panamericana’ grille, now found across the range. All in, AMG’s more affordable follow-up to the SLS still looks sensationally purposeful.
So purposeful, in fact, that you might wonder what might be required to loosen the vast rear contact patch. The answer is the same dry-sumped, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 found elsewhere in the range; for the C, it develops 550bhp, bridging the gap between GT S and GT R and outgunning Porsche’s 911 Turbo.