Mercedes-AMG to Launch GT C Coupe in 2017; GT R Roadster May Follow
The AMG GT family is set to expand with at least one new modelby Ciprian Florea, on
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-AMG GT nameplate has already evolved into a full family of sports cars, including four versions as of late 2016. Launched as the GT and GT S, the German coupe also spawned a roadster, a track-ready GT R model, and a higher-performance drop top called the GT C. That’s pretty impressive for a car that’s been around for only a couple of years, but it seems that AMG is planning to expand the lineup even further.
According to Autoblog, who had a chat with AMG boss Tobias Moers at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the German firm is planning to roll out at least one more version of the AMG GT. Specifically, the recently unveiled AMG GT C roadster will also get a coupe version, which will bridge the gap between the AMG GT S and the more hardcore AMG GT R. Moers declined to confirm a specific timetable, but the AMG product roadmap that surfaced the Web earlier this year listed the GT C coupe as a late 2017 arrival.
When asked about a convertible version of the AMG GT R, the next logical model in the lineup, Moers said that "it’s just a discussion going on, we talked about it in the company, but I don’t know the market potential about that." That’s by no means confirmation, but it’s pretty clear that AMG is considering such a model. But, should this car be green-lighted for production, don’t expect it to arrive before the GT C coupe.
As a brief reminder, the AMG GT C is the most powerful roadster version of the nameplate, featuring a 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 550 turbocharged horses and 502 pound-feet of torque. That;s 94 horsepower more than the GT and 47 horses more than the GT S. This output also makes it the second-most powerful GT model after the GT R. Speaking of which, the R-badged model comes with an even more powerful version of the biturbo V-8, which generates 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. It’s also the quickest model available yet, needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 198 mph.
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Why it matters
If you ask me, too many versions of a car could dilute a nameplate, but there’s still a bit of room left under the Mercedes-AMG GT umbrella. If the Germans roll out both the GT C Coupe and GT R Roadster, each body style will have four different versions, which is pretty much what the company needs in today’s day and age, when variation is key to success. Both are definitely good ideas, but it remains to be seen where and when AMG plans to stop. There’s always room for an even more powerful version atop the GT R, but I don’t think Mercedes-Benz has enough room to slot another model between the GT S and GT C.
Read our full review on the Mercedes AMG GT R here.