Since its introduction for the 2016 model year, the Mercedes-AMG GT has been steadily accumulating variants. First there was the GT S, then came the base GT, then the GT R, then the roadster, and finally a GT C, available in both coupe and roadster trim levels. While on paper they’re clearly differentiated, when looking at the stats, you can also see that they’re seemingly not that different. So is there really a discernible difference between them in reality? After driving the range in Germany, we can comfortably say yes. We can also tell you that the GT C is the version you want.
The Mercedes-AMG GT C is the happy medium between the track-hungry GT R, and the lesser GT and GT S versions. This is clear even just by looking at the car. Though it shares the normal nose of the entry-level GTs, the GT C has the widened hips of the GT R. The rear bumper is unique to the GT C, since it features extra vents like those on the GT R, but not the full diffuser and center exhaust.
This blend of normal GT and GT R on the outside sets the stage for how the car drives. Under the hood is the familiar twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 used across the GT line. The GT C takes advantage of the GT R’s bigger turbochargers to make 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That’s nearly 80 more horsepower than the regular GT, and about 35 more than the GT S. It only makes for a difference of two-tenths of a second to get to 60 mph between the normal GT and the GT C, but it’s absolutely a difference you can feel, both for better and for worse. It pulls noticeably harder than a regular GT, but with the larger turbos, there’s some noticeable lag when hitting the throttle. Still, that split-second pause is worth the extra shove.