2017 Mercedes AMG GT C Coupe First Drive: Sports car, muscle car, GT and more

Supercar? Sports car? Sure, it’s missing the extrovert gullwing doors, but there’s enough of the Mercedes SLS AMG’s supercar pedigree in the Mercedes-AMG GT’s dynamic panache and long-bonneted appearance that it easily treads the same super-sports car line as the Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo and McLaren 540C.

The big news here is that Mercedes-AMG has introduced a full range of coupe-bodied models to the AMG GT range, all of which come with rear-wheel drive, a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 and a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. If you can ‘only’ spare £97k (I wouldn’t expect much sympathy), you’re looking at the entry level 469bhp AMG GT. Next up is the GT S, which gets adjustable dampers, 515bhp, and of course the 577bhp AMG GT R is king of the AMG GT castle.

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We’re focussing on the 550bhp AMG GT C Coupe - the middle-weight of the GT family. It wades in with many of the GT R’s dynamic tricks, including wider rear track, rear-wheel steering, electronically-controlled locking rear diff and different turbochargers to the less powerful models.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe

First impressions 

Now, the reason this GT C Coupe looks particularly ‘evil baddie’ is that it’s currently only available as an Edition 50. That means that you can have it in the graphite grey magno paint you see here, or matt white is the sole other option. If you’re not wo...