Mercedes-AMG’s GT C, in both coupe and convertible guises, along with the full-howitzer GT R coupe, represent the upper echelon of AMG’s sports-car lineup. While not as otherworldy as its Formula 1–inspired Project One hypercar, which is expected in mid-2019, these sultry two-seaters up the performance ante versus the base GT and mid-grade GT S and serve as hard-core Porsche 911 fighters for Mercedes-Benz’s go-fast AMG sub-brand. Gorgeous lines, a stonking twin-turbo V-8 engine, and loads of grip make them as capable as they are sexy, with the GT R standing as one of the quickest track cars we’ve ever tested. A sumptuous interior and the ability to drop the GT C roadster’s cloth top bring plenty of kicks when you’re away from a racing circuit, but these remain serious driving machines through and through.
GT3-badged Porsche 911s and the Acura NSX.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
The 550-hp GT C coupe starts at $146,995 (the convertible C and 577-hp GT R both sticker for $12K more) and is both the sweet spot in this lineup and easier to live with day to day than the track-focused R. The hardtop’s hatchback also affords more usable cargo space than the roadster’s trunk. These higher-spec models come well equipped, with nearly all of their options being decorative in nature. Dedicated track rats may want to spec the C’s $8950 carbon-ceramic brakes and a set of grippier ultra-performance tires for $600, and hedonists may be interested in fancier paint, interior-trim upgrades, or one of AMG’s extra styling packages. We’d be fine with just the standard kit, though, which is highlighted by:
• Wider rear fenders and wheel track with active rear-wheel steering
• AMG Performance exhaust and seats
• Burmester premium audio system and 8.4-inch infotainment screen