The Mercedes-AMG GT does a grand job of showcasing what Merc’s performance division is all about, especially now that the standard GT and GT C are closer in terms of performance than ever. Both are powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The GT produces 523 hp and 494 lb-ft, while the GT C gets 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Both models come with an adaptive suspension and various driving modes that help even the most novice of drivers get the most out of their car.
The standard GT is equipped with 19-inch wheels, 10.25-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable heated seats, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. A four-speaker sound system is standard, but an 11-speaker Burmester surround sound system is available. The GT C gives you more power, wider rear fenders, ventilated seats, blind-spot assist, lane-keep assist, keyless go, and a power decklid.
Both models come with parking cameras/sensors front and rear, and eight airbags.
At the time of writing, Mercedes-Benz has still not yet confirmed the price of the Mercedes-AMG GT range for 2021 in the USA. However, we do expect an increase in price for the new model year when it goes on sale, particularly given the increase in power heaped upon the base model. For reference, in 2020, the price of the AMG GT was $115,900 while the GT C Coupe had an MSRP of $150,900, both excluding destination fees. For 2021, the latter cost has been increased to $1,095. Options will add to the price quickly, so we envision top-spec models being fully loaded to nearly $200k in value.
In terms of options packages, there are a few. The AMG Aerodynamics Package comes with a deeper front splitter and a fixed rear spoiler. We wouldn't go this route for two reasons: the spoiler ruins the alluring lines, and you won't notice the difference unless you're a die-hard track-day enthusiast. The AMG Night Package adds gloss black exterior adornments. Other than that, it's pretty much standalone options, including ventilated seats and a Burmester sound system. The GT C can be equipped with an AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package, a high-end Burmester surround-sound system, and high-performance tires.
We were already fans of the base GT even before the recent upgrades. Now that it has more than 500 hp, an adaptive suspension, and an electronic limited-slip differential, it's an even bigger bargain. Relatively speaking, of course. We'd order it in Cirrus Silver with the 19/20-inch black forged cross-spoke alloy wheels for contrast. Add Red Pepper/Black Nappa leather and a Burmester sound system, and it's a job well done.