How to acquire instant automotive respect:

1) Look Bad Ass

2) Have a 244 cubic inch Twin Turbo Charged V8 engine

3) Set the mode selector knob on the console to “RACE”

This 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GTC Edition 50 Roadster is absolutely all of that and more. It is a low mileage pampered example of the best in German engineering.

Except for some Fall puddle splash spots below the beltline and some dead leaves that stuck to the inner fenders, the exterior of this car is perfect. The satin black paint is uniform in its application and luster. There are no dents, dings, chips or scratches on the body. The door, hood, and trunk gaps are all perfectly even. A light soapy water wash and dry will make this car look brand new.

The interior is absolutely as new in appearance as well. There are buttons and  knobs for anything that you could possibly control electronically including driving mode, suspension settings, traction control, and even exhaust tone to name a few. When you sit in this car for the first time and realize how many things there are to control, it is a little overwhelming. But, every switch and button is clearly marked and it is fairly easy to figure out without the need to open up the owners manual. The leather covered race seats are comfortably snug. When you put your seat belt on the belt tightens slightly when you start the engine. Now you’re ready to race or just cruise.

The driveline and suspension are equally amazing. AMG did a really nice job squeezing 577 horsepower out of a 244 c.i. engine. You start this car up and you instantly know that you’ve got alot of power to play with. In normal ‘Drive’ mode the seven speed rear transaxle shifts quietly and smoothly. There are also the paddle shifters on the steering wheel that allow you to be fully in command of your shift points. The suspension is set up to keep the car planted in the corners of your favorite twisty road. The only drawback to this is that there is a little bit of a harsh ride at slow speeds on rough pavement. If you are not planning to use the car for track days you might want to see a suspension specialist to lighten up the compression and rebound settings on the shocks if that is possible.

The only thing I don’t like is the Start / Stop feature that shuts the motor off when you are stopped at a light or in traffic. Personally, I like hearing my motor when my vehicle is stopped. It gives me an opportunity to evaluate its sound. Now that we are in the 21st century that is no longer socially acceptable I guess.

Overall this Mercedes is an awesome car that is about as new as a low mileage two year old car can be