All GT’s share the same basic front/mid-engine, dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive layout in the classic transaxle configuration for perfect weight distribution. There are coupe and roadster variants and four states of tune to choose from. While it may seemingly overlap with the SL range in many respects the GT is a very, very different car that wears its sporting breeding on its sleeve.
The range progresses from GT to GT S and then GT C, with the track focused GT R at the top of the pile. With its more rounded character but some of the extra performance, attitude and technical features of the GT R, the GT C is arguably the pick of the range, the widebody shape giving it a more muscular stance while rear-wheel steering brings a new level of agility.
Standard features include the Premium Equipment Line (optional on lesser models and comprising Keyless-Go, Burmester surround sound, Parking Assist Parktronic with reversing camera and power mirrors), Comand infotainment with navigation, Adaptive Brake Assist, automated LED headlights and a switchable Performance Exhaust. An optional Driving Assistance package costing £1,695 adds Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Distronic radar cruise control and the Pre-Safe system, items you’d reasonably argue should really be standard at this level.