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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT range gains three variants

By Daniel Gardner, 02 Aug 2017 Car News

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT range gains three variants

Mid-life update brings power boost, limited GT C Coupe and two convertibles to Mercedes-AMG GT range

MERCEDES-AMG’s flagship GT family will double to six options when a GT Roadster and GT C Roadster convertible join the high-performance two-seater range in October, along with a new mid-range GT C Coupe.

The most affordable GT Roadster will share the specification of its equivalent entry-level Coupe for a $25,000 premium over the $259,711 before on-road costs tin top, and both cars will be powered by a 350kW/630Nm twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, which represents a 10kW/30Nm boost over the previous offering.

In terms of performance, the second convertible will be positioned between the AMG GT S, and AMG GT R coupes with 410kW and 680Nm from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 priced from $338,711, while a limited Edition 50 Coupe will be on offer for $335,211 until the end of the year, for customers wanting the mid-range GT C performance in a hard top.

As part of the update, the GT S coupe will also get a tune up, which takes its power output up 9kW and 20Nm to 384kW and 670Nm, while all versions in the expanded six-car line-up will wear a new facelifted front end which features the company’s Panamericana grille.

The AMG GT R remains the power player of the range with 430kW/700Nm and is only available in coupe form for $348,711.

Mercedes-AMG’s first GT drop-top offerings will arrive just in time for summer and allow owners to enjoy the warmer days with a folding fabric roof that stows in 11 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 50km/h. For cooler or wet weather, the convertible roof features three-layer construction for optimum sound and temperature insulation and classic soft-top looks.

Both versions of the Roadster will also feature a ‘draught stop’ wind deflector and heated seats for more open-top driving enjoyment, while the GT S Roadster adds to that with Mercedes’ Airscarf neck warmers, as well as seat cooling, Nappa leather upholstery and a sports steering wheel with part synthetic suede trimming.

Until a ‘standard’ GT C Coupe arrives mid 2018 the more exclusive GT C Edition 50 will be the sole GT C Coupe offering with a number of bespoke features to celebrate the founding of the iconic Aufrecht, Melcher and Grosaspach (AMG) performance branch half a century ago.

AMG Performance seats and steering wheel, an AMG interior Night Package, Edition 50 detailing in the head rests and steering wheel centre, quilted Nappa leather upholstery and AMG trim elements in black chrome are all included.

On the outside Edition 50 Coupes get forged AMG cross spoke wheels that measure 19 inches on the front axle and 20-inch at the back, LED headlights, smoked chrome trims and a choice of either Graphite Grey Magno or Cashmere White Magno paint finishes.

Zero to 100km/h acceleration times have not been provided for the new additions or updated GT and GT S variants, but in the current range, the GT does the dash in 4.0 seconds, mid-range GT S manages 100km/h in 3.8s and the GT R knocks another two tenths off that time. Convertible Roadsters are likely to weigh more than the coupe which will have an effect on performance.