If you had a Mercedes-AMG GT S and a GT R in your garage, and you left them alone for a couple of nights, this is what you’d get. The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C coupé is essentially the love child of both, and it’s also the answer for those who liked the roadster launched last September, but hate the warm sunshine on their heads. In Singapore, we really mean infernal heat.
If you’ve forgotten the GT R, here’s a recap. First launched in a questionable shade of metallic green named Green Hell Magno, the car is nicknamed Beast of the Green Hell because it practically grew up at the Nürburgring (a.k.a. the Green Hell). Within this hulk is a 577hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine which will go from nought to 100kph in 3.6 seconds.
Though not more powerful than the GT R, this GT C coupé is powered by the same engine to produce 550hp and 680Nm, so that’s an upgrade from the standard AMG GT’s 469hp and 630Nm, as well as the GT S’s 515hp and 670Nm. Acceleration to 100kph is done is the same 3.6 seconds and top speed sees a blisteringly quick 317kph.
Other performance enhancements come in the form of AMG’s performance exhaust system and dynamic engine mounts. With wider wheels and rear fenders, this car is stylistically made for the track. Fire the Race mode on the GT C and, in tandem with the the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and AMG’s sport suspension, you won’t be able to ignore its aggression around the race track.
And because Mercedes and AMG are celebrating 50 good years together, 50 GT Cs and 50 GT C Roadsters will be outfitted in a special “Edition 50” matte Graphite Grey Magno — a colour we can all agree is much nicer and sensible than the GT R’s green.