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Merc expands AMG GT family, makes it just as confusing as the Porsche 911 range

2y ago

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Mercedes is on a mission for its AMG GT to take on the Porsche 911 in every possible way. It might have a V8 up front while the 911 has a flat-six in the rear, but conceptually they’re chasing the exact same customer. And if you’re chasing one down a road, looking at the slim line tail lights, the pop-up rear spoiler, the wide hips, you’d be forgiven for confusing which was which. But now, in its boldest move yet, Mercedes has made the AMG GT range just as confusing as that offered by its cross-town Stuttgart rival.

Besides the AMG GT, the AMG GT S, the AMG GT R, and the AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster, there’s now a new AMG GT C, and the whole lot have been updated, mostly in line with some of the tech that was developed for the AMG GT R.

So, trying to decipher exactly what’s going on, two years after Merc first launched the AMG GT (in GT S guise) the whole range is getting a bit of a refresh. All models now get – wait for it – a grille with 15 chrome-plated vertical bars, and a revised front bumper that includes actives intakes that open and close depending on the engine’s cooling requirements.

Don’t worry, there’s a little more than that…

The entry level model remains the AMG GT Coupe, which gains an extra 14bhp and 22lb ft from its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, taking it up to the same power and torque figures (469bhp and 465lb ft) that the AMG GT Roadster sported when it was revealed at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 2016. Suspension is by fixed-rate dampers, 0-62mph takes 4.0 seconds whether you go for the hardtop or drop-top, and both come close but don’t quite hit 190mph.

Next up is the AMG GT S Coupe (the yellow one in the gallery above), the one we originally all thought we wanted two years ago. Power climbs 12bhp, torque by 15lb ft, to 515bhp and 494lb ft. Now we’re talking under four seconds to 62mph (3.8) and over 190mph (193), plus adaptive dampers as standard and the addition of electronic control for the rear diff. For now, there is no AMG GT S Roadster.

But there is an AMG GT C Roadster (revealed at the same time as the AMG GT Roadster), and now it’s been joined by an AMG GT C Coupe, the gorgeous grey one you see in the pictures. No, we’re not sure why C is better than S, but it’s now the one you want. Power is 549bhp, torque is 502lb ft. The performance differential, at least on paper get smaller here: 3.7 seconds, 196mph, along with the same suspension and diff tech. We'll come back to this, but moving on for a moment…

On top of that lot sits the AMG GT R, with bulging bodywork, 577bhp and 516lb ft, a top speed of 198mph, 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, and a heck of a Nordschleife time thanks to rear-wheel steering, Cup 2 tyres, an 11-stage traction control system, and a 70kg weight loss.

That’s not forgetting the AMG GT3 race car, or the forthcoming AMG GT4 race car, but let’s leave those for another time.

So, it’s the AMG GT C Coupe that’s the new one we want to talk about. Initially it’ll launch in the form of special edition Edition 50 model, celebrating 50 years of AMG, but then you’ll be able to buy in it in a non-special edition guise. And what you get is the rear-wheel steering from the AMG GT R, plus a wider rear body that’s 57mm broader across the back than the AMG GT S. Which in turn allows for a wider rear track and wider rear wheels. And there’s a new rear bumper too.

Meantime, the Edition 50 mods mean a choice of only two colours, black chrome exterior highlights, silver interior highlights, and various badges.

But for amalgamating all the best bits, for not going too hardcore, the AMG GT C seems like the AMG GT to have. Just wait for the non-special edition version.

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