Special edition AMG models highlight Mercedes’ stand in Geneva

Special edition versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT have been popping up with increasing frequency recently, and the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is all set to host the latest one of them.

Fresh off of introducing the AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 at the North American International Auto Show last month, the German automaker is bringing the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50. It’s a limited-run version of the rear-wheel drive GT C Roadster and comprises Mercedes-AMG’s Geneva-bound, special edition offerings to celebrate the performance division’s 50th anniversary.

As you might expect, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 features plenty of exclusive features, including unique color and trim combinations to go with fancy individual design touches. Additionally, the limited-run sports car also gets an extended range of standard equipment, enough at least to justify it special edition status.

The exclusive features are also specific to what the limited edition car is celebrating. If you’re looking for a Mercedes vehicle that appropriately marks AMG’s 50th anniversary and has physical badges to prove it, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is as good a choice.

Sadly, the model will only be limited to 500 units, so those interested should be first to the reservation party. Once all 500 units are accounted for, Mercedes-AMG is very unlikely to add more units with the special edition status.

Orders of the car begin on March 6, 2017, with deliveries expected to commence a few months later in July 2017.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50

What makes the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster 50 Edition special?

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 High Resolution Exterior
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The name AMG GT C Edition 50 sounds familiar, right? That’s because Mercedes-AMG released a similar special edition model when it unveiled the AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 North American International Auto Show last month. Just like that limited-run version, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 comes stocked with exclusive treatments.

On the outside, the roadster receives, not just one exclusive paint finish. The first one is the designo Graphite Grey Magno, which is the same shade that Mercedes-AMG offered for the AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50. The other one that’s exclusive to the roadster is designo Cashmere White, a cleaner-looking color that punctuates all the notable design elements found in the AMG GT C Roadster, including the Panamericana front grille that Mercedes-AMG is adopting on its GT family of models.

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Apart from the choice of two exclusive colors, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 separates itself from its standard counterparts courtesy of some darkened chrome finishes on the exterior. The trim strips in the air inlets of the Panamericana grille got the chrome treatment, as did the front splitter, the fins on the side air outlets, the side skirts, the molding on the rear diffuser, and the exhaust tailpipe trims. A new set of darkened forged alloy wheels are also included in the package, as are the always-important “Edition 50” badges scattered throughout the roadster’s body.

Move inside and the exclusive features continue with a similar two-tone treatment that makes use of a Silver Nappa leather upholstery and a Grey diamond-patterned topstitching acting as a natural contrast the leather of chose. The cabin also benefits from getting a black AMG Performance steering wheel that itself includes its own grey contrast topstitching made from Dinamica microfiber. And just in case it’s not clear enough, the headrests in the cabin are also embossed with embossed with the words “GT Edition 50.” Rounding out the special edition appointments to the interior of the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is AMG’s own Interior Night package, which comes as standard on the model.

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The extent of the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50’s exclusivity ends there so don’t expect any upgrades in other sections of the car. That includes that very important equipment under that long, sloping hood called the engine. For what it’s worth, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that pumps out an impressive 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That’s more powerful than the 503-horsepower AMG GT S Roadster and nearly approaches the range-topping AMG GT R’s output of 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With its very capable power numbers working in full bloom, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 should be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds before mangling your face to the tune of a 196-mph top speed.

All told, Mercedes-AMG plans to release 500 units of the AMG GTC Roadster Edition 50 worldwide. That may sound like a lot of models compared to the other two special edition models Mercedes-AMG is showing in Geneva, but considering the popularity of the AMG GT family and the opportunity that comes with owning a special edition AMG GTC Roadster, I’d say that those 500 units could be scooped up in record time. That’s especially true for a model paying homage to the performance division’s 50th anniversary. Order books open in earnest on March 6, 2017, which oddly enough is a few days before the 2017 Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 High Resolution Exterior
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I’d tell you to keep an eye out for any information regarding the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 on that day, but something tells me that a lot of you already know that.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo
Displacement 3,982 cc
Output 550 HP @ 5,750-6,750 RPM
Max. torque 502 LB-FT @ 1,900-5,750 RPM
Drive system Rear-wheel drive, transaxle: Front engine, transmission at the rear axle, linked via Torque Tube
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
Acceleration 0-60 mph 3.7 seconds
Top speed 196 mph (electronically limited)
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