2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive review: AMG’s celebratory gift is a delight Page 2

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50

GT Cs include as standard a sports exhaust activated at the tap of a button. In quiet mode, it’s as silent as a C-Class. Turned on, the exhaust snarls and snaps. A hastily recorded version of it is now this writer’s ring tone and you’ll probably want to do the same.

The AMG GT C is enthralling, but it forces certain compromises not forced by Stuttgart’s other sports car builder. In addition to the AMG GT C’s quirky ergonomics—you can tap its A-pillar with your left hand on the steering wheel—there’s not much GT-like usability to its two-seat interior or even its cargo area. Turn your head and you’ll find a wall of carpeting directly behind you, not a place to stuff this week’s groceries like you’ll find from a 911.

There’s a lot that Mercedes could learn from Porsche, at least when it comes to usability. And with the AMG GT C, we’re learning that Porsche could learn a thing or two from the three-pointed star.

Perhaps they should meet for coffee on neutral ground in Stuttgart.

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