Mercedes has increased the AMG GT lineup to six cars in an attempt to battle the Porsche 911.
Mercedes continues to bolster the AMG GT lineup, unveiling a refreshed GT and GT S and the all-new GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The GT C hardtop follows the roadster version which debuted last year. It will sit between the GT S and GT R. The Coupe is mechanically identical to the Roadster, with both packing a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 making 557 horsepower and 501 lb-ft of torque. Oddly enough both the convertible and the coupe will do 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
The GT C Coupe will debut as a special edition celebrating 50 years of AMG. Only 50 “Edition 50” models will be available. The special editions are identifiable by a “GT Edition 50” badge in the rear, on the head rests and the steering wheel clip. Other identifiers include two exclusive paint colors—the only two available—designo graphite grey magno and designo cashmere white magno. The exterior is highlighted by black chrome accents and the AMG Interior Night Package is standard on all AMG GT C Edition 50 models. Visually the new model looks similar to the refreshed GT and GT S up front as Mercedes decided to give all cars in the lineup the AMG Panamerica grille. However, in the rear the GT C Coupe sets itself apart with massive air outlets.
In addition to giving all AMG GT models the same grille Mercedes is making the GT R’s AIRPANEL standard throughout the lineup. This bit of active aero automatically opens vertical louvres located in the lower section of the grille when the engine demands increased cooling. When the engine isn’t running ridiculously hot the louvres close to reduce drag. In addition to getting AIRPANEL the GT and GT S have upgraded engines. The entry-level model now makes 476 hp, a bump of 14 ponies. Peak torque is 465 lb-ft, an upgrade of 22 lb-ft. The GT S is up to 522 hp (an increase of 10 hp) and 494 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 15 lb-ft). No word on if these upgrades will lead to a higher sticker price but we'd assume so.
Mercedes is clearly sending a message to Porsche with its updated GT’s and the new GT C Coupe. That message is simply “we are coming for the 911.” The GT lineup now spans six variants and a GT3 car, and remember the Black Series is still on the way.