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Watch New Mercedes AMG GT Sport Coupe Thrash Its V8 Around The 'Ring

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Mercedes-AMG’s GT family is growing. Or, more accurately, AMG found another slice in the middle of their GT pie. They named the latest iteration GT C Edition 50, which slots in between the GT S and GT R models, evident in engine output, 550 hp, and tire size, 265/35R19 front and 305/30R20 rear, both of which come in above the S and below R. The name also celebrates AMG’s 50 years of adding beautiful lunacy to Mercedes products. For good measure, they also offer the GT C Roadster.

Core parts and proportions carry on in this model. An aluminum structure holds up a long nose, sloping roof and narrowing tail, a classic sports car machine. Taking a long gaze at the GT shows a more grown up and elegant version of the SLS, which itself is a more menacing reimagining of the gullwing Mercedes 300 SL.

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But keep looking, really absorb it. Actually, try not to. You can’t help but stare at such a shape. The AMG GT really hits the romantic era of the grand touring automobile in a way that still looks modern. It’s hard to grasp in pictures, but when facing it, you see a car pressed to the ground, as wide as the lane it travels in, and a roofline low enough to double as a coffee table.

It’s beautiful.

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Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT C Roadster
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From the $113,395 469-hp GT to the track-focused $157,995 577-hp GT R, every model includes a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and a Getrag supplied seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle (The GT R has slightly different 1st and 7th gear ratios), as you move up the performance ladder things like the diff, suspension, track width and tire size ramp up with it. Kind of like picking how spicy you like your salsa, understanding that the AMG GT is the mild choice among its habanero pepper-infused brethren.

On the road, mild might be the best choice. The GT has the looks, but it holds on to some civility. The suspension still has some give, which allows it to forgive when the road gets bumpy. The GT S, GT C and certainly GT R have less sympathy. The same is true of steering. The standard GT’s wheel is plenty responsive. S, C, and R models only ratchet up from there and react very quickly to inputs, and they'll dart around unless piloted carefully.

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Every GT has tremendous chassis balance. Like most any car on the road, they'll ultimately understeer, but there’s not another licensed car on the planet where throttle has more effect on balance. You feel the weight lean back as your foot approaches the firewall. It’s as if the throttle is tied to a tilt-o-meter: the more you apply, the more the GT stands on its rears. The equal and opposite applies with the brakes. Heavy stabs whip all the weight to the front. Essentially, your right foot chooses desired balance.

Your right foot also controls the volume knob -- and what wonderful music. AMG’s hand-built, 4.0-liter V8 belts out a baritone, rumbly riff, the motorhead’s equivalent to a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo. Such sonorous energy gets the blood pumping as effectively as an adrenaline shot. And, despite two turbochargers, power comes on linearly, with near zero turbo lag felt.

The GTs look and sound combine to paint a picture of back roads twisting through the Swiss Alps with no traffic and a full tank. But again, this grand-touring romance of the SLS successor fades as you climb the trim-level ladder. The GT C is stiff enough to shift its focus to a track-day toy. And the GT R really doesn’t belong anywhere else.

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The top-tier AMG finds its footing on a road course, which makes sense; it wears Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with 275-millimeter wide front tires and 325-millimeter -- nearly 13-inch wide -- rears. With that much grip, you can easily get in trouble and at high speeds. Fortunately, the GT R comes with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and rear-wheel steering. Both work to mitigate the ails of sloppy driving.  

Of course, chief mitigation comes from stability control, and here’s where things get interesting. On-track, logic states to start in a more restrictive setting before understanding the car. But the more restrictive settings quickly bring about a habit of hitting the throttle exiting every corner. But the R’s, just like every AMG GT’s, chassis balance is sensitive to throttle application. And throttle stabbing engages traction control, which kills the torque and throws off that beloved balance.

So take a breath and put the system in race mode, which effectively turns traction control off. Stability control will step in to save you if things get way out of sorts, but otherwise, it’s on you. At first race mode is intimidating, but the reality is that it forces you to more progressively apply the throttle, which the car responds to very positively. As a result, the car is both faster and easier to drive.

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Gallery: 2017 Mercedes AMG GT R details

The GT R is a brute force machine, powerful, and yes, eager to bite. But be patient, tame it, and it will treat you with tenacious grip, athletic transitioning capability and multiple trips to triple-digit speeds in a single lap. The GT R is quick enough you’ll have to speed up your brain to keep up. It's stressful but rewarding. 

Admittedly, the Porsche 911 feels more organic than the AMG GT, a more natural experience, but the Mercedes makes you feel alive. Moreover, it’s a time capsule transporting its occupants back to a romantic era of simpler grand-touring motoring, albeit one with a nod to modern track-day capability.  

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>On Sale: Now

>Base Price: $113,395 - $157,995

>As Tested Price: $113,395 - $157,995

>Powertrain: twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8, 7-speed dual clutch transaxle, RWD

>Output: 469 - 577 hp,

>Curb Weight: 3561 - 3825 lbs

>0-60 MPH: 3.6 - 4.0 seconds

>Pros: Brilliant grand-tourer and emotion-stirrer

>Cons: All but the base model too hard-edged for less than perfect roads


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