Mercedes-AMG celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 and to mark the occasion, the sports car and performance brand has announced an extension to the AMG GT family of sports cars with the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupé, which joins the existing AMG GT C Roadster
Positioned between the AMG GT S and AMG GT R, the new vehicle will initially be available exclusively as a special Edition 50 model. In addition, the Mercedes-AMG GT and AMG GT S are being visually and technically upgraded while receiving even more power.
The new member of the AMG GT family impresses with further-enhanced driving dynamics courtesy of numerous technical highlights from the Mercedes-AMG GT R. And like the Roadster, the Coupé offers a muscular rear end and large wheels. Other technical measures include the wider rear track and active rear axle steering, allowing increased traction and higher cornering speeds.
In common with the AMG GT and AMG GT S, the rear aerofoil is also integrated into the luggage compartment flap and is electrically extended or retracted at predetermined speeds, depending on the selected drive programme.
The new Mercedes-AMG GT C promises to respond 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.
Up to a speed of 62mph, the rear wheels point in the opposite direction to the front wheels. The AMG GT C turns into corners with significantly better agility, delivering even greater driving pleasure while requiring less steering effort. Under everyday driving conditions, the driver also benefits from a smaller turning circle, such as when turning or parking.
Once the speed of the AMG GT C rises above 62mph, 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, thus 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.
The new AMG GT C will launch as an exclusive special Edition 50 model to mark the landmark year of the company, which was founded in 1967.
The Edition 50 will be available in two exclusive special paint finishes: designo graphite grey magno and designo cashmere white magno. To give the exterior a distinctive look, black chrome highlights are applied to the side skirt trim, the front splitter, the trim strips in the air inlets of the Panamericana grille, the fins on the side air outlets in the front wings, the moulding on the rear diffuser and the exhaust tailpipe trims.
The interior is marked by an exclusive nappa leather trim in silver pearl/black with grey diamond-patterned contrasting topstitching, while the black AMG Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre has grey contrasting topstitching.
To emphasise the sporty character, the Edition 50 also comes with the AMG Interior Night package as standard, which includes such features such as steering wheel spokes, shift paddles and door sill panels in black.
The head restraint of the AMG Performance seat also is embossed with ‘GT Edition 50’ – so there’s no forgetting the car maker’s birthday!
UK pricing and specification is to be confirmed in early 2017, with first deliveries of the GT C Coupé in the summer.