Mercedes weren't joking when they said they wanted to copy the 911 with the AMG GT.
Ever since the AMG GT was introduced back in 2014 as a spiritual successor the SLS, Mercedes hasn't tiptoed around the fact it was developed to compete directly against the Porsche 911. Aside from being one of the best (if not the best) sports car around, the 911 is known for having one of the most confusing model lineups in the automotive industry.
There are over 24 variants of the 911 over multiple body styles and Mercedes, keen to compete with Porsche in every conceivable way, wanted to make the AMG GT lineup just as confusing. We recently had the chance to drive a 2019 AMG GT C Roadster (video below) and thought it might make a good opportunity to explain the complicated GT lineup.
The AMG can be broken down into three body styles - Coupe, Roadster, and 4-Door Coupe. But since that last one rides on a different platform and competes with the Porsche Panamera, let's just focus on the first two. The Coupe comes in five trim levels, each of which is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 sending power rearward through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Coupe trims (from least to most powerful) include the base GT, GT S, GT C, GT R, and newly introduced GT R Pro.
Each trim level is more aggressive than the last and as you move up the range, power increases from 469 horsepower in the base car to 515 hp in the S, 550 hp in the C, and 577 hp in the R and Pro models. With the increase in power, the 0-60 time drops from 3.9 seconds in the base car to 3.7 seconds in the S, 3.6 seconds in the C, and 3.5 seconds in the R.
While you might assume the GT C is a convertible, it's actually just a trim level between S and R. The actual droptop is the AMG GT Roadster that offers fewer trim levels than the Coupe, just a base and C model for the 2019 model year. It is worth noting that a limited edition GT R Roadster is coming for 2020, but only 750 examples will be built. There is no change in 0-60 mph time when opting for the Roadster but the trunk does shrink from 10.1 to 5.8 cubic feet.
Mercedes also updated the interior for all 2020 models with a new center console layout, MBUX infotainment, digital gauges, and a few other upgrades. Pricing and availability for 2020 models has not been announced in the US, but pricing for the 2019 AMG GT goes as follows: GT Coupe: $112,700, GT S Coupe: $132,700, GT C Coupe: $147,300, GT R Coupe: $159,350, GT Roadster: $124,700, and GT C Roadster: $158,850.