Mercedes-AMG GT C: Can it Really Do a 7-second Top Speed Run?

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AMG’s purported stats make this roadster one of the quickest street cars on sale today, but do they add up in the real world? 

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C is one of the quickest cars on the street with power and performance numbers that allow this sleek fastback to go head-to-head with just about anything. In the video above from YouTubers AutoTopNL, we ride along as the turbocharged Benz makes a hard run from a stop up past 186 miles per hour.

AMG GT Power

Under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is a 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8 that delivers 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque by means of a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. While this Benz weighs right around two tons with a driver, it still offers incredible performance.

To be exact, Mercedes states that the GT C will get from a stop to 60 MPH in just 3.3 seconds while getting up to 100 takes about 7.3 seconds. Those numbers make this AMG one of the quickest street cars on sale today, but are those numbers achievable in the real world?

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Rear

Top Speed Blast

In the video above, the matte black Mercedes-Benz AMG GT makes a wide-open run from a stop up to its top speed of 304 kilometers per hour. For those readers who aren’t familiar with the conversion from kilometers per hour to miles per hour, 60 miles per hour is about 96 kilometers per hour and 100 miles per hour is right around 160 kilometers per hour. That top speed of 189 KPH translates to about 189 MPH, and while the official top speed of this car is 196 MPH – this is pretty close for what appears to be a public road.

The twin turbocharged Benz takes about 3.7 seconds to dash from a stop to 100 KPH (62 MPH) while 160 kilometers per hour takes just 7.55 seconds. The curvy coupe gets up to 200 kilometers per hour in just over 11 seconds, but the final climb from 200 to 304 takes a bit longer. To be exact, the AMG GT takes right around 39 seconds to hit 304 KPH, with the final climb of 50 ticks on the speedometer taking the longest time.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C 304kmh

The AMG GT C in this video doesn’t quite match the claims, but for a real world run, those are all solid numbers. There aren’t many street cars in the world that will blast from a stop to 189 MPH at all, let alone do it in under 40 seconds, so crank up your speakers and enjoy.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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