2018 Mercedes-AMG GT And GT C Roadster Drive Review

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT And GT C Roadster Drive Review
- Mercedes-AMG GT lineup follows as first came GT S, non-S GT, top line GT R, race car, GT convertible, the GT C coupe, non-C convertible, and its easy to predict Mercedes-AMG sports car aimed at the Porsche 911

- weight gain compared with the coupes is minimal, just 110 or so pounds in the GT and only about 75 pounds in the C

- trunklid of carbon-fiber, additional bracing in the dashboard and the rear bulkhead, a rear tower brace, and reinforced sills

- the top raises or lowers in just 11 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph

- GT, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, 469 horsepower, 465 lb-ft of torque, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds

- GT C, 550 hp, 502 lb-ft of torque, 60 mph in just 3 seconds

- wider rear fenders, rear-steering system, taller first and shorter seventh gears, taller final-drive ratio, electronically controlled limited-slip differential

- V-8 doesn’t generate plenty of excitement, the engine’s response is immediate

- throttle mapping varies with the driving mode Comfort, Sport, and Sport+, and a Race mode

- stoppers are firm, progressive, and tireless

- lighter lithium-ion battery and a magnesium radiator support shift the C’s weight distribution rearward

- GT C offers additional levels of damper firmness

- trunk is fairly tight and there’s little interior storage

- GT lands between the Jaguar F-type on the low end and the Porsche 911

- Mercedes-AMG GT roadster will be available by this fall, GT starting around $135,000 and the C reaching into the $160Ks

Starting Price $165,000
Vehicle Type 2 door convertible, front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine twin-turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.0-liter V-8, 469 or 550 hp, 465 or 502 lb-ft
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, manual shifting mode
Wheelbase 103.5 in
Length 178.9-179.2 in
Width 76.3-79.0 in
Height 49.6 in
Curb weight 3800-3900 lb
0-60 mph 3.0-3.2 sec
0-100 mph 6.9-7.1 sec
Top speed 188-196 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 15-16/22 mpg
Pros stability at high speed, power delivery makes big speed easy
Cons limited cargo, engine fail to generate excitement