2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C review: Power, refinement -- you can have it all

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C review: Power, refinement -- you can have it all

The Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports coupe that'll get your blood pumping. No matter if you're in the base GT or the bonkers GT R, this AMG grabs the attention of everyone when it passes by. This mid-grade GT C tester is no different, offering massive power, impressive looks and no shortage of tech and comfort. The whole AMG GT line benefits from small styling updates this year, but it's still the same low-slung, long-hood cruiser it's always been. Outside, there's a new rear diffuser as well as sleeker headlights and taillights. Inside, you'll now find a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.2-inch central infotainment screen and a redesigned steering wheel. What hasn't changed is what's under the hood: a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 tuned to produce 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The V8 rumbles to life with authority and even in its default Comfort mode, the GT C is a rocket. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission isn't especially quick to shift in this setting, but acceleration is nevertheless ample. Mercedes says the GT C can get to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, a claim I have no reason to doubt. Once I toggle to Sport mode, the character of the AMG GT C immediately changes, adding sharper throttle response and quicker shifts. I'm a big fan of Mercedes' transmissions and once you've got it on full attack, this seven-speed dual-clutch unit is a joy. It seems to know ...
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