Mercedes Benz GT C AMG Roadster Rent in Dubai
When the Mercedes Benz GT C AMG Roadster Rent in Dubai emerged back in 2014 as the lighter, nimbler, and cheaper successor to the SLS AMG, not only were the 456-hp base and 503-hp S variants arguably among the company’s most focused and well-balanced performance cars since the original 300SL, the coupes finally gave Mercedes something it had always lacked: legitimate competition for Porsche’s iconic 911 Carrera.
At the track, the Mercedes Benz GT C AMG Roadster Rent in Dubai turned in performance numbers close to those of its bogey, the 911 GTS cabriolet. Zero to 60 mph requires 3.3 seconds in the AMG—0.3 longer than the Porsche—but by 100 mph the two cars are tied at 7.3 seconds. By 130 mph, the GT C is a second ahead of the Porsche, a gap that grows to two seconds by 150 mph. Both cars clocked 4.0 seconds in our 5-to-60-mph rolling-start test. Each could claim some passing-lane bragging rights, with the GT C sprinting from 30 to 50 mph in 2.2 seconds and from 50 to 70 in 2.7, while the Porsche did both deeds in 2.5.
We actually expected the new GT C to be quicker, considering that we hustled a 503-hp 2016 GT S coupe to 60 in 3.0 seconds flat during a 2015 comparison test. This car, however, reached most milestone speeds between 0.1 and 0.4 second behind the less powerful GT S despite its additional horsepower, revised gearing, and even more rear-biased weight distribution. The difference could be attributable to fuel quality—the compare was done in Europe—and the GT C ragtop’s additional 127 pounds.
Stomp on the gas in a GT C and such discrepancies seem academic. In practice, catapulting to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds in this AMG is a neck-snapping, hold-on-with-both-hands, giggle-inducing riot, especially with the top down so that the sublime, unfiltered soundtrack washes over the occupants. Torque is omnipresent, with all 502 lb-ft available from 1900 rpm and served with almost zero lag in Sport or Sport+ modes.
The Mercedes Benz GT C AMG Roadster Rent in Dubai formidable 1.04 g’s of lateral grip edges out the lighter 911 GTS cabrio’s by 0.01 g, with quick off-center steering response and pan-flat body control. At 151 feet from 70 mph to zero, however, the car’s braking performance was a tad disappointing, some 10 feet longer than the GT S coupe’s despite this car’s $8950 carbon-ceramic brake discs. Even so, brake-pedal feel was pretty much perfect.
If the GT C’s mandate is to match the 911 GTS move for move, we’d say mission accomplished. But the two cars aren’t really similar in character. As we noted in our first drive of the GT C coupe, AMG may be aping Porsche’s 911 model structure but is doing so with “a completely different sort of car.” And this, we think, will help the GT C succeed. With its long wheelbase, prominent hood, and set-back cabin, the big Mercedes doesn’t place the driver right in the action the way the Porsche does. This means the driving experience is rather more like an Aston Martin DB9’s—spectacularly fast and engaging when driven at 11/10ths but gran turismo chill when just cruising around, with adaptive dampers keeping the ride heroically smooth in all but the Sport+ setting.
There’s a particularly high sense of occasion inside the GT C’s richly ornamented cabin. Nappa leather is standard, while the matte-finished carbon-fiber trim came as part of an optional package that added a reasonable $3150 to the roadster’s $158,995 base price. Other upgrades included a $1500 carbon-fiber engine cover, a $4500 Burmester audio system, and the $2250 Distronic Plus cruise-control setup. This GT C roadster’s as-tested price was $180,065—that’s Audi R8 V10 Spyder/Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet money and could come across as rather ambitious. Then again, the AMG GT is much cheaper (and quicker) than the preceding SLS AMG as well as that car’s predecessor, the SLR McLaren. And when it comes to sheer curb appeal, nothing short of a current McLaren gets this much positive attention.
While very little daylight exists between the objective performance levels of the Mercedes Benz GT C AMG Roadster Rent in Dubai and 911 GTS convertibles, the two cars feel as if they were developed on different planets. The GT C may be as quick, but it offers looks, sensations, and sounds all its own. We think it’s okay to like them both.