It's back and faster than ever, with a brand-new model to celebrate AMG's 50th anniversary
Good news, fans of muscle, speed and glorious oversteer – Mercedes has updated its AMG GT range with more power, more kit and more proclivity for slidey goodness. And there’s a new Goldilocks model as well – The GT C.
The GT C will slot between the mid-level GT S and full-fat GT R, with 557bhp (versus 522 in the GT S and 585 in the GT R) on tap from four-litre V8. It’ll only be available as a limited-run ‘Edition 50’ model to start – with special paint finishes, forged alloy wheels, a selection of option packages and the appropriate badges – likely reverting to a standard model in a few months’ time.
This means there’ll be six AMG GT models to choose from, with a GT and GT Roadster, a faster GT S coupe, then an even quicker GT C and GT C roadster, before finally arriving at the hard-edged GT R.
The GT C takes more than a few pages from the GT R’s playbook, with a wider rear track than the GT and GT S, with beefier rear wheels and active rear-wheel steering also included.
Trainspotters will have already noticed it, but we’re pleased to report to the rest of you that the power levels are up across the board. The entry-level GT is up 14bhp to 476bhp, the GT S nets an extra 12bhp and the GT R another eight. Torque is also up between 19 and 30Nm across the range. Lovely. Merc-AMG even says you’ll be able to get somewhere between 24 and 30mpg (11.8L/100km and 9.4L/100km), if that sort of thing is a deciding factor in your six-figure sports car purchase.
Everything from the GT S up will benefit from adaptive and adjustable suspension damping, an electronically controlled limited-slip diff and a ‘Race’ mode as standard. The regular GT makes do with a mechanical limited-slip diff, regular sports suspension and a smaller range of drive programs.
The ‘Airpanel’ active air management system, which debuted on the GT R, is now standard across the GT range. In a nutshell, the system opens and closes a series of louvres to best suit the car’s cooling, airflow and aerodynamic requirements. The engine oil cooler has moved to the wheel arches to make best use of the system, which we assume will make the GT ready for a summer trek across the Gobi Desert. Surely.
Another first for the GT range is the ‘AMG Track Pace’ system, where drivers can record their hot laps on a race track to “analyse and improve their driving style on the track as well as sharing with other AMG drivers on Facebook, YouTube or the AMG Private Lounge.” Much like a race engineer’s computer, it’ll register steering angle, speed, acceleration, which gear you’re in an so on. It’ll also record video (hence the YouTube bit), so expect to see a few hot laps (and possibly a few fails) pop up soon.
Mercedes is yet to confirm prices, but expect incremental increases on the current figures across the board, with the GT C slotting in between the GT S and R when it arrives on UK roads this summer.