There’s nothing better than having the wind in your hair. Or, in the case of the new Mercedes-AMG GT C, there’s nothing better than having your hair pulled out care of no roof and 557bhp. Because a convertible needs 557bhp. Though to be honest, we’re not complaining. And after looking at it, would you?
Off with it’s head
The AMG GT C is a proper return to how a two-seater sports car should be. It’s got a fabric roof, no silly folding top. It’s got a stonking great engine in the form of a 4.0 V8 with twin turbos and of course, it’s rear-wheel drive. How very lovely.
The GT C has all the bite of its full-headed brother, the GT R. It can hit 62mph from a standstill in just 3.7s, and thanks to AMG ride control sport suspension complete with the adaptive rear-steering axle, the power can be put down cleanly and effectively. There’s also an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, so you should be able to power-slide around any corner of your choosing. Though we don’t condone such behavior, obviously.
Inside, you get all the refinements you’d expect to find in a high-end roadster. Leather, a whole host of electronic gadgetry, AMG sports seats complete with airscarf and, in case you want to crank Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits up to 11, there is also a Burmester surround sound system. Though to be perfectly honest, you’ll never use it. Why would you, when you have a V8 on song. Apparently “in the “Comfort” and “Sport” settings, the low-frequency sound typical of a V8 is designed for comfort. In “Sport Plus ” and “RACE” modes the sound composition is far more emotive.” Sounds shouty. We approve.
Of course, if all that is a bit much, you can have a more subtle AMG GT version, which is slightly more sedate. Though only by comparison. As a car, it’s still a stormer – 476bhp has never equated to being slow and boring. It’s just a little more subtle than the out and out GT C.
Looking at the GT C, with its flared arches, it big wheels and its monumental power, we can’t help but wonder if Team Galag have put in an order…