CONFIRMED: The 557-HP Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe Is Coming

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The AMG GT range won't stop growing, and we love it.

It can all get quite confusing over at Mercedes-AMG when you look at the many variants they offer. You need to pay attention to the names or you might order the wrong one. We reported that the automaker has added the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and the AMG GT C to the range to accompany the AMG GT S and the AMG GT R, but there's a slight gap there to squeeze another model in. The AMG GT C Roadster may not be everyone's cup of tea so a hardtop sibling has just been confirmed to join the fray.

The Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe was confirmed by AMG Chief Executive Tobias Moers on the eve of the Paris Motor Show. He didn't get into specifics but if we take a look at how it's been happening with the other models we can make some educated guesses. The GT C Coupe will in all likelihood share many things with the Roadster version, such as the active air management that makes use of an array of vertical louvres inside the grille that automaticallyopen and close depending on the temperature of the engine. This feature either aids cooling or airflow, a hand me down from the GT R model. We're also guessing it will have the same engine setup as the roadster version, which should still mean a faster car.

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The Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe should feature the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out 557 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. Being a hardtop, this will give the car a lighter curb weight as the need for extra rigidity on the body will fall away. This alone will give the GT C Coupe a speed advantage over the Roadster. The current power figures have the Coupe sitting above the GT S and just 54 hp below the GT R range topper, so power would have to stay as is so as not to upset the order of things. We expect it's release mid 2017, and while no images have been released yet the car will no doubt look pretty much identical to the Roadster but without the fold-away roof.

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