The GT C Roadster earns a roof, bridges the gap between GT S and GT R

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been on the market for less than two and a half years as of January 2017, but it has already spawned six different versions, not including cars built specifically for the race track. The latest to join the family is the AMG GT C Coupe, which was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz also announced various updates to the standard AMG GT models.

Essentially a coupe version of the AMG GT C Roadster that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the GT C Coupe bridges the gap between the GT S, which is the second most powerful model in the lineup, and the hardcore GT R. Features that set it apart from the entry level versions include sportier elements front and rear and a revised hood among other minor revisions on the outside.

Drivetrain-wise, the AMG GT C is significantly more powerful than the GT S and not too far from what the track-prepped GT R can deliver. All told, the GT C Coupe expands the AMG GT lineup even further, in what appears to be an attempt to match the extremely varied 911 offerings available from Porsche. It remains to be seen whether Merc will make it in this tight and difficult niche, but the AMG GT C is a good start.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe.

Exterior

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Design-wise, the AMG GT C is essentially a slightly toned down GT R. The front fascia is just as aggressive as the range-topping model, but with small modifications to the bumper. Specifically, the center section below the grille is shaped a bit different, while the side vents have just one horizontal slat instead of two.

The "Panamericana" grille is also there, but that’s no longer a special feature. Up until now, the aggressive grille with vertical slats that reference the classic 300SL was used to set the GT C and GT R apart, but starting January 2017 the GT and GT S models will also have one. It kinda makes the GT C less special, but at least customers who can’t afford or don’t want to invest in a powerful model can get similar looks from the entry-level model too.

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Design-wise, the AMG GT C is essentially a slightly toned down GT R

More differences are noticeable around back. While the fascia and bumper are identical to the GT R, the latter’s motorsport-inspired diffuser with the center-mounted exhaust was replaced by an element that’s more similar to the regular GT. There’s no significant aerodynamic element at the center, while the exhaust pipes are now positioned on the sides. More importantly, there’s no rear wing as seen on the GT R. All told, the AMG GT C is more aggressive than the GT S, but not as track-focused as the GT R. This may appeal to customers who are looking for a sportier AMG GT that doesn’t scream "look at me!" on the road.

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COMPETING DESIGNS

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

It’s no mystery that Mercedes-Benz created the AMG GT to gain access to a new sports car niche and take a stab at the Porsche 911 (left), so I’m listing the iconic coupe as the GT’s main competitor, despite having a different, rear-engined layout. The 911 has always been on the sportier side of things and recent redesigns made it increasingly more aggressive. However, I think that it’s not as menacing as the AMG GT C. It may be sportier than the standard AMG GT, but it’s no match for the GT C’s muscular front bumper and creased engine hood.

The 911 has always been on the sportier side of things

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (right) is also a pretty good option here, especially since it has a front-engined configuration, just like the AMG GT. A bit older than the Merc, the current Corvette is a different car as far as design goes. While the AMG GT sports more organic, curvy lines, the C7 Corvette is about more angled cues. Also, much like the 911, it includes several styling feature inspired by older-generation Vettes, which is pretty cool. The Z06 package adds a bunch of race-inspired features such as a bigger front splitter, a new rear diffuser, and rear spoiler.

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Porsche 911 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Mercedes-AMG GT C
Wheelbase (Inches) 96.5 106.7 103.54
Length (Inches) 177.1 177.9 178.9
Height (Inches) 50.9 48.6 50.7
Width (Inches) 71.2 77.4 76.33

Interior

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The interior of the GT C Coupe is identical to the Roadster

As expected, the interior of the GT C Coupe is identical to the Roadster — save for the infinite headroom of course — and features the same aviation inspired design that debuted with the standard AMG GT. Highlights include a wing-like dashboard with spotlight-style A/C vents in the center stack, a motorsport-inspired center console with AMG Drive Unit controls arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, and loads of high-quality materials. Leather, Alcantara, and contrast stitching are standard, while the fit and finish is outstanding. The infotainment system carries over from the regular AMG GT and includes the latest apps and features that come with AMG vehicles.

THE COMPETITION

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The Porsche 911 is often described as the most luxurious vehicle in this niche, which isn’t far from the truth, but while its cabin comes with outstanding fit and finish and all sorts of cool tech, it doesn’t feel as modern as the AMG GT. The overall layout is pretty simple, which isn’t necessarily bad for a sports car, but if you’re looking for a fancier dashboard and center console, you’re better off with the AMG GT. There is some good news here though, as the 911 can be ordered with numerous upholstery colors, two-tone combinations, and loads of Porsche Exclusive options that are very expensive, but offer that unique feeling you can get with the AMG GT.

The Porsche 911 is often described as the most luxurious vehicle in this niche

Heavily criticized for its cheap interiors in the past, the Corvette finally reached a stage where it can compete with more expensive sports cars in its niche. Sure, it might not be as nice as the AMG GT or the 911 Turbo in standard guise, but throw in all those nice options and you get soft leather, Alcantara, contrast stitching, and carbon-fiber on top of the driver-centric cockpit and the cool-looking instrument cluster hood that extends over the center console. Race-inspired seats are also available. And the good news is that you get a fully equipped interior and still pay less than you would for an AMG GT C or Porsche 911.

Porsche 911 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Mercedes-AMG GT C
Headroom (Inches) 38.8 38.0 39.5
Leg room (Inches) 41.6 43.0
Shoulder room (Inches) 51.5 55.0
Hip room (Inches) 53.4 54.0
Cargo Volume (Cu ft) 15.0 12.3

Drivetrain

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Moving over to what really makes the GT C special, the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 under the hood pumps out 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That’s 81 horses more than the base AMG GT and 35 horsepower more than the GT S. If these figures are a bit confusing right now, it’s because both the GT and GT S received power increases for 2018, previously coming with 456 and 503 horsepower, respectively. Compared to the range-topping GT R, the GT C Coupe misses 27 horses and 18 pound-feet of twist.

Compared to the range-topping GT R, the GT C Coupe misses 27 horsepower

Performance specs aren’t yet available, but given that the GT C Roadster hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, the coupe should do it in 3.6 ticks or less. Top speed should be limited at around 196 mph. Like all models in the range, the GT C uses an AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission to change gears.

Mercedes-AMG GT Mercedes-AMG GT S Mercedes-AMG GT C Mercedes-AMG GT R
Engine AMG 4.0-liter V-8 AMG 4.0-liter V-8 AMG 4.0-liter V-8 AMG 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower 469 HP @ 6,000 RPM 515 HP @ 6,250 RPM 550 HP @ 5,750-6,750 RPM 577 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Max. torque 465 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,000 RPM 494 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,750 RPM 502 LB-FT 1,900-5,750 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 1,900-5,500 RPM
Curb Weight 3,395 Lbs 3,461 Lbs 3,660 Lbs 3,428 Lbs
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds 3.7 seconds 3.6 seconds 3.5 seconds
Top speed 189 mph 193 mph 196 mph 198 mph

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

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Updated for the 2017 model year, the Porsche 911 dropped its naturally aspirated flat-six in favor of a new, turbocharged engine. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder cranks out 370 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque in the base model, but the AMG GT C’s output calls for a comparison with the Carrera S, which comes with 420 horsepower and 368 pound-feet on tap. Granted, the 911 S seems severely underpowered next to Merc’s 550-horsepower and 502 pound-feet output, but don’t let these numbers fool you. The Porsche may be a half second slower with the manual transmission, but add the PDK automatic and the Sport Chrono package and it will hit 60 mph in just 3.7 ticks, only a tenth-second slower than the AMG GT C. Top speed is rated at 191 mph, which is six mph less than the Mercedes-AMG, but obviously not significantly lower.

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Note: Engine of the Corvette Z06 pictured here.

Moving over to the Corvette Z06, this is the option that will bring you more power and better performance. Motivated by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, the Z06 needs only 3.2 seconds to get to 60 mph. But this figure is for the manual. Pick the automatic gearbox and it drop to an amazing 2.95 clicks. Top speed is also superior to the both the Mercedes-AMG GT C and the Porsche 911 Carrera S at a mind-boggling 205 mph.

Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche 911 Carrera S Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Engine 3.0-liter boxer-6 3.0-liter boxer-6 LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V-8
Horsepower 370 HP 420 HP 650 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 331 LB-FT 368 LB-FT 650 LB-FT @ 3,600 RPM
0 to 60 mph 4.4 seconds 3.9 seconds 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 183 mph 191 mph 205 mph
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 20/29/23 20/28/23 15/22
Weight 3,153 Lbs 3,175 Lbs 3,524 Lbs

Prices

Pricing for the AMG GT C Coupe has yet to be announced, but it’s safe to assume it will cost more than the AMG GT S, which starts from $131,200. At the same time, it will cost less than the GT R, but the range-topping model is still a mystery as far as pricing goes. My best guess is that the GT C Coupe will cost around $160,000 in the U.S. For reference, the base AMG GT retails from $111,200.

COMPETING PRICES

Although the 911 often turns out to be the more expensive proposition, in this case it’s actually significantly more affordable. Specifically, the Carrera S retails from $103,400, which should make it at least $50,000 more affordable than the AMG GT C. This also leaves room for plenty of fancy options, meaning you can buy a fully specced 911 Carrera S and still pay less. You get an even better deal with the Chevy Corvette Z06, which costs $81,440 before options. Add all the expensive options and it’ll cost you less than $120,000, which is the best deal you can get in this comparison.

Porsche 911 Carrera $89,400
Porsche 911 Carrera S $103,400
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 $81,440

Other Options

Audi R8

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Unlike all the other cars discussed above, the Audi R8 has a mid-engined layout and gets its juice from a 5.2-liter V-10 engine. But although it has more cylinders than its counterparts, the Audi unit cranks out "only" 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, placing the R8 below the AMG GT C and Corvette Z06. On the other hand, hitting 60 mph takes only 3.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 200 mph. The good news is that you can opt for the R8 V10 Plus, which comes with 610 horses and 413 pound-feet. In this model, the 0-to-60 mph sprint drops to 3.2 ticks, while top speed increases to 205 mph. The R8 is on par with the Merc and Porsche when it comes to luxury features. Pricing is steep though, with the base R8 retailing from $162,900. The R8 V10 Plus is the most expensive option here, with a sticker set at $189,900.

Learn more about the Audi R8 here.

Conclusion

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When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG GT C Roadster back in 2016 it seemed rather weird to introduce a nameplate with a drop-top model and not offer a coupe. At first it seemed as if the GT C Roadster would actually be the GT R of the convertible lineup and a coupe wouldn’t be offered, but we now know that AMG had different plans altogether. The GT C seems ready to tackle both the Porsche 911 S and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but its expensive sticker might keep a few enthusiasts away. Pricing you car higher than a 911 isn’t a very good strategy nowadays. Anyway, with the GT C Coupe now on its way to showrooms, the big question is: will Mercedes-Benz also build a Roadster version of the GT R? I certainly hope so!

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    • * Very expensive
    • * Slower than the Corvette Z06
    • * Not a lot quicker than the 911 Carrera S

Press Release

Mercedes-AMG celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. To the theme of "50 Years of Driving Performance," the performance brand is marking the occasion by extending the AMG GT family of sports cars with the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe, which will join the previously-announced AMG GT C Roadster upon its reveal at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Positioned between the AMG GT S and AMG GT R, the new vehicle will initially be available exclusively as a special Edition 50 model. At the same time, the Mercedes-AMG GT and AMG GT S are being visually and technically upgraded while receiving even more power.

"With the AMG GT C Coupe, we are now expanding our portfolio of sports cars to six models plus the AMG GT3 customer sport racing car. In fewer than three years, the second vehicle to be developed by us entirely in-house has grown into a family, offering a highly dynamic driving experience in a variety of forms. We are kicking off our anniversary year with the exclusive "Edition 50" model of the new AMG GT C Coupe. We are also taking this opportunity to refine the AMG GT and AMG GT S, both visually and technically," says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

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Shared distinguishing feature: the new front end

All new 2018 models in the AMG GT family are now identifiable by the distinctive AMG Panamericana grille. Underlining motor sport heritage, the grille features 15 chrome-plated vertical bars which echo the look of the latest Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer sport racing car. The new front bumper emphasizes the car’s width, making it visually sit lower to the road. The large outer air inlets guarantee the supply of cooling air to the engine.

Now on all AMG GT models: AIRPANEL active air management system from the AMG GT R

All AMG GT variants now sport a special technical highlight from the AMG GT R: the AIRPANEL active air management system. Vertical louvers in the bottom of the front bumper can be opened and closed by an electric motor in around one second to guarantee the required amount of cooling. Constantly achieving the ideal position calls for highly intelligent and fast control.

During normal driving situations with no increased cooling demand, the louvers are closed for reduced drag and the air is directed at the underbody, which improves the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. Only when certain components reach predefined temperatures and the air demand is particularly high do the louvers open to allow the maximum cooling air flow to the heat exchangers.

As part of this new design measure, the engine oil cooler on all AMG GT models has moved from the front to the wheel arches.

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New output variants: the AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine

Mercedes-AMG is restructuring the range of output/torque variants of the 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, hence the AMG GT entry-level model now puts out 469 hp (13 hp more than before). In addition, with 465 lb-ft, the basic version of the eight-cylinder machine now delivers an extra 22 lb-ft of peak torque. The same figures will apply to the GT Roadster from its market launch.

The output from the GT S grows by 12 hp to 515 hp, with the peak torque climbing to 494 lb-ft, a 15 lb-ft increase.

The next level is marked by the GT C variants of the Coupe and Roadster with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft peak torque. The pinnacle of the AMG GT lineup is the AMG GT R, which boasts 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Further-enhanced driving dynamics: the new AMG GT C

Like the Roadster unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the new AMG GT C Coupe impresses with further-enhanced driving dynamics courtesy of numerous technical highlights from the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The new GT C Coupe will launch in the form of a special "Edition 50" model. Like the AMG GT R, the new member of the family is identifiable by its broad, muscular rear end and large wheels. Other technical measures include a wider rear track and active rear axle steering.

The new rear fenders make the AMG GT C a total of 2.25 inches wider than the AMG GT and AMG GT S, giving it exactly the same dimension as the AMG GT R at the rear of the car. The muscular styling creates space for larger wheels and a wider track. Both measures increase traction while allowing higher cornering speeds. The likewise wider rear bumper of the AMG GT C improves the airflow at the rear. In common with the AMG GT and AMG GT S, the rear aerofoil is integrated into the luggage compartment flap and is electrically extended or retracted at predetermined speeds, depending on the selected drive program.

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Borrowed from motor sports: the AMG sport suspension

The AMG sport suspension, too, confirms the motor racing heritage of the AMG GT family. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axles are made entirely from forged aluminum to reduce unsprung mass. In addition, the wheels are located by double wishbones. The resulting camber and track stability allows high cornering speeds while giving the driver optimum, highly precise road feedback right up to the very high cornering limits.

In the AMG GT C Coupe and Roadster, AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension is combined with infinitely variable, adaptive adjustable damping. The electronically controlled system automatically adapts the damping on each wheel to the driving situation, speed and road conditions.

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Even greater agility: active rear-axle steering from the AMG GT R

The new Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe responds even more sensitively thanks to the standard-fit active rear-axle steering, which made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT R and is also standard equipment on the GT C Roadster. The system allows an even better combination of agility and stability – handling characteristics that are normally in opposition to each other.

Up to a speed of 62mph, the rear wheels point in the opposite direction relative to the front wheels allowing the AMG GT C to turn into corners with significantly higher agility, delivering even greater driving pleasure while requiring less steering effort. Under everyday driving conditions, the driver also benefits from a smaller turning circle.

Once the speed of the AMG GT C rises above 62 mph, the system points the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels for perceptibly improved handling. At the same time, the lateral force on the rear wheels builds up considerably faster on changes of direction, this speeding up the response to the steering. The driver also notices that the car delivers massive rear-axle grip and high stability on fast changes in direction, without the usual tendency for the rear end to break out.

Standard equipment: rear-axle limited-slip differential

In common with the AMG GT S and AMG GT R, the AMG GT C comes as standard with an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential, which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. Its sensitive and fast control raises vehicle dynamics to a new level. It not only further improves the traction of the drive wheels, but also increases the critical cornering speed.

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Exclusive equipment package: AMG GT C Edition 50

The new AMG GT C Coupe will launch as an exclusive special "Edition 50" model to mark the landmark year of the company, which was founded in 1967 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017. The U.S. Edition 50 model will come to market with an exclusive production run of 50 AMG GT C Coupes and 50 AMG GT C Roadsters.

The Edition 50 will be available in and exclusive special paint finish: designo Graphite Grey Magno. To give the exterior a distinctive look, black chrome highlights are applied to the side skirt trim, front splitter, trim strips in the air inlets of the Panamericana grille, fins on the side air outlets in the front fenders, the molding on the rear diffuser and exhaust tailpipe trims. The surface of the cross- spoke AMG forged wheels has been harmonized with the black chrome elements of the exterior. A unique "Edition 50" badge adorns the rear of this model.

The interior is marked by a contrast between black and silver. This color scheme is followed not only by the trim in exclusive nappa leather in silver pearl/black with grey diamond-patterned contrasting topstitching, but also by the black AMG.

Performance steering wheel in full DINAMICA microfiber with grey contrasting topstitching, "Edition" lettering on the steering wheel bezel and 12 o’clock mark in silver pearl.

To emphasize the sporty character, the "Edition 50" comes as standard with the AMG Interior Night package, which includes steering wheel spokes, shift paddles and door sill panels finished in black. The AMG Interior Night Package compliments the Exclusive Carbon Fiber Matte interior trim, surrounded by AMG Black Piano Lacquer accents. The entire interior ambience is an expression of sport and exclusivity.

The interplay between light and dark is further accentuated by silver seat belts and black chrome trim. The head restraint of the AMG Performance seat is embossed with a "GT Edition 50" logo.

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New options for AMG GT and AMG GT S

In addition to a technical upgrade courtesy of active aerodynamics, higher output/torque and active rear-axle steering, the update of the AMG GT model family also includes significant additions to the scope of equipment.

The AMG Interior Night package, which is equipped as standard on the AMG GT R, is now optionally available for other Coupe models within the AMG GT family. This package includes the AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfiber with spokes and shift paddles in high-gloss black. The cross-strut in the luggage compartment as well as the trim in the backrest of the standard AMG Performance seats are also in high-gloss black. The package is rounded off by stainless-steel door sill panels in black, optionally illuminated with AMG lettering.

Motor sport heritage is further visually accentuated by the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber package, which uses high-grade carbon fiber for the front splitter, side fins on the air outlets in the front fenders, exterior mirror housings, side skirt inserts (AMG GT C only) and rear diffuser.

Wider choice of individual equipment items

The new individual equipment items, along with the power output, increases and new visual updates for the AMG GT and AMG GT S, also means a significant upgrade for the sports cars.

Also new are light-alloy wheels with mixed tires, such as the 5-twin-spoke staggered fitment 19-and-20-inch wheels, painted in high-sheen titanium grey with 265/35 R 19 tires on the front and 295/30 R 20 tires at the rear. Available later in the model year are 5-twin-spoke staggered fitment 19-and-20-inch wheels, painted in high- sheen matt black.

The new optional Exclusive nappa leather trim in diamond-patterned macchiato beige is now also available to give an especially high-grade look & feel to the AMG GT and AMG GT S. Comfort in hot climates is also heightened by optional ventilated driver and passenger seating for the standard AMG Performance seat.

AMG Track Pace for use on the race track

The new AMG Track Pace feature is optionally available for the entire AMG GT family. It turns the smartphone into a personal racing engineer. Customers can use the app to analyze and improve their driving style on the track as well as sharing with other AMG drivers on Facebook, YouTube or the AMG Private Lounge.

The app for the Apple iPhone® connects to the AMG GT models by WiFi. The vehicle then sends a host of data to the app in real-time, such as speed, gear, steering angle, time, position and acceleration.

Lap or sector times on race tracks can be saved. Numerous track profiles are already stored on the app for this purpose. Drivers can also record and save additional race tracks themselves. In addition, the Apple iPhone® camera records the performance on the race track, the driver then receiving an interactive video of their racing experience with all the telemetry data superimposed.

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