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Archive for the ‘Mercedes AMG GT’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

It’s been known for quite some time now that Mercedes-AMG had its eye on releasing a four-door performance saloon that would compete against the popular Porsche Panamera. It took some time, but the car finally showed its face at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, albeit in concept guise. Called the AMG GT Concept, the four-door coupe was unveiled as a preview model for the upcoming production version that’s expected to arrive in the next few years.

The significance of the AMG GT Concept isn’t limited to the car simply being a production preview of the yet-to-be-named Panamera fighter. The model is also the latest in a growing family of AMG GT models that’s shaping AMG as a legitimate performance brand that’s slowly gaining independence from Mercedes-Benz. So yes, the AMG GT Concept is a big deal in a lot of ways, as it should be considering Mercedes has some claim to pioneering the performance the four-door saloon market when it first launched the CLS-Class back in 2004.

The times are sure different now as the segment has evolved into a pretty competitive one with the likes of the Porsche Panamera, BMW 7 Series, Maserati Quattroporte, and even the Tesla Model S all making legitimate claims for themselves as worthy options. But don’t sleep on Mercedes returning to form and reclaiming its top spot in this segment. It may do so under a different name, but rest assured, the AMG GT Concept, or at least the production version of it, is going to pick up the fight for the Silver Arrows once it arrives. We’re getting a good look at what we can expect from Mercedes-AMG; now we wait and see for the production model to arrive.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG Hypercar Will Actually Use F1 Engine Will Cost €2.275m

The secret about the new Mercedes-AMG hypercar came out a long time ago, and we even put together a rendering of it back in 2015. Since then, we’ve gotten little bits of information that included the prospect of F1 powertrain technology. It could be branded as an “EQ” model, and we’ve even seen what could have been a model of said hypercar in a press release in late January 2017. Now, we’re finally getting some more detailed information from Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers via about the upcoming hypercar.

As we’ve already known, the car will use some F1-derived powertrain technology, but this will be the most direct iteration of F1 technology in a road-going rocket on wheels thus far. Mercedes-AMG is taking its 1.6-liter F1 engine, and transplanting it complete with an 11,000 rpm rev limit. It will use all of the same electric components as well, including the crank motor, split turbo, and electric motors on the front axle. Oh, and the battery that will power all of the electronics? Yup; that’s all F1 technology too. Moers declined to tell TopGear what kind of performance figures to expect, but word has it that it will output somewhere around 1,000 horsepower

As far as top speed and all of that goes, Moers isn’t that concerned, telling TG, “I’m not saying it’s the fastest road car ever, I’m not chasing top speed, I don’t want to put any numbers on the table.” The reasoning behind this is that Moers wants a car that can be driven on the road, so it won’t actually be track-focused: “My task is to make it a car you can use every day. You don’t need an F1 team, you don’t need special gas, you don’t need anything, you just push the button, it fires up, and you drive away. That’s a challenge.”

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50

Special edition versions of the Mercedes-AMG GT have been popping up with increasing frequency recently, and the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is all set to host the latest one of them.

Fresh off of introducing the AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50 at the North American International Auto Show last month, the German automaker is bringing the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50. It’s a limited-run version of the rear-wheel drive GT C Roadster and comprises Mercedes-AMG’s Geneva-bound, special edition offerings to celebrate the performance division’s 50th anniversary.

As you might expect, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 features plenty of exclusive features, including unique color and trim combinations to go with fancy individual design touches. Additionally, the limited-run sports car also gets an extended range of standard equipment, enough at least to justify it special edition status.

The exclusive features are also specific to what the limited edition car is celebrating. If you’re looking for a Mercedes vehicle that appropriately marks AMG’s 50th anniversary and has physical badges to prove it, the AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is as good a choice.

Sadly, the model will only be limited to 500 units, so those interested should be first to the reservation party. Once all 500 units are accounted for, Mercedes-AMG is very unlikely to add more units with the special edition status.

Orders of the car begin on March 6, 2017, with deliveries expected to commence a few months later in July 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Should Be Worried About Mercedes-AMG's GT4 Concept

It’s been no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s plans for its AMG performance division have blown up since the release of the well-received Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. The German automaker quickly turned that momentum into subsequent offerings, including the AMG GT S, GT R, and most recently, the GT C. Now AMG is drawing up plans to present a new AMG GT-badged model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and as many have anticipated, it’s going to be a concept version of the AMG GT4, a four-door performance saloon that will no doubt the shake up the established.

Did you hear that, Porsche? The Panamera now has a direct and legitimate rival. Brace yourselves then because this new rivalry could escalate really quickly.

It’s worth mentioning that plans for a four-door, Panamera-rivaling AMG model has been in the works for a few years now, even though AMG boss Tobias Moers said back in 2015 that such a model wouldn’t be feasible. Well, that didn’t stop our master rendering artist from cooking up a virtual version of the AMG GT4 – you can see that beauty in the photo above – and as it turns out, there was a lot more to the GT4 than Moers was letting on.

Now that we’re here, we can at least expect a few things to come out at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those things is the concept version of the AMG GT4, which Mercedes plans to debut at the show as part of AMG’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.

It’s not the only car that will be on Mercedes’ stand in Geneva, but it’s arguably the most important one as it sets the table for a production model that’s tipped to arrive in 2018, replacing the CLS Shooting Brake and challenging the Porsche Panamera for supremacy in that specific market.

Details aren’t expected until the auto show opens its doors, but there is strong indication that the Geneva-bound concept will look less like a concept and more like the four-seater production model that it’s going to end up being. For one, it’s going to be sharing a lot of styling cues and mechanical details with the AMG GT, albeit on a different platform from the one used by the sports car. According to Autocar, Merc will be using a modified version of its modular rear architecture for the GT4, the same platform currently used by the AMG C 63, E 63, and S 63 models. Lightweight materials are being lined up for the car, including aluminum and hot-formed high-strength steel.

The goal, it seems is to make the AMG GT4 a benchmark for luxury and performance in its segment, a status that the Panamera has held on to for the past few years.

Make no mistake about it; Mercedes-AMG isn’t messing around. Porsche needs to recognize that because once the AMG GT4 hits dealerships in 2018, one of its main objectives is to stare down its rival from Stuttgart and make it earn every accolade it’s going to get from now until the future.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S

There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.

Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.

For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.

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PostHeaderIcon Is Mercedes-AMG Already Expanding Its GT Lineup With A Performance Sedan?

Don’t look now, but it appears that Mercedes-AMG’s plan for the GT family of performance cars isn’t going to be limited to just two-door coupes. Now there’s talk of Mercedes-AMG finally bringing life to the long-rumored high-performance sedan that will compete directly with the Porsche Panamera.

The model is tentatively called the GT4 and no less than Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers stoked those flames by telling Motoring Australia that “all rumors are not necessarily wrong.”

Moers did stop short of actually confirming the existence of the GT4, but a number of different people have already dropped some details about the rumored sedan, including the likelihood of it being based on a modified version of Mercedes’ own MRA platform. The architecture is already being used on a handful of Mercedes models, including the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. A unique suspension layout is also rumored to be one of the GT4’s more defining characteristics, one that would differentiate it from the rest of the models under the Mercedes-AMG performance sub-brand.

The good news for Mercedes-AMG is there doesn’t appear to be any rush to bring the GT4 in the market. The model itself isn’t scheduled to make its debut until 2019. In the meantime, Moers pointed out that the development for the next-generation GT is already underway, leaving little time to work on other projects associated with the GT line, specifically the GT Black Series project.

“We are so fully loaded with work, expansion of the portfolio things like that,” Moers said. “So it (a Black Series) needs dedication to do such a car. The GT R was a lot of dedication. As you can imagine lifecycle-wise regarding next generation (GT) is something we are working on, so there must be room for us to do so. Maybe that is a self-fulfilling prophecy, expanding the portfolio, doing a lot of work, maybe that means we don’t have enough room to do a Black Series.”

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PostHeaderIcon Forza Horizon 3's New DLC Unleashes This Mercedes-AMG Supercar

One of the best things about owning a Mercedes-AMG GT R is the fact that you can enjoy all 577 horses sitting underneath that long, sloping hood. But like most cars, enjoying a car like the AMG GT R is also subject to weather conditions. It’s perfect to drive on a sunny day with clear skies, but not so much during the frigid winter season. Fortunately, we can now tuck our actual GT R’s inside their garages and still enjoy driving one during the cold season, thanks in large part to Forza Horizon 3’s new Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion.

You’ll probably remember Turn 10 Studios & Playground Games introduce the Blizzard Mountain downloadable content expansion for $19.99 last month. Turns out, the developers had a surprise up its sleeve because the new DLC actually has more things in store for gamers on top of racing on a “frozen lake.” The pack also includes a number of races and winter weather challenges, all of which are set in the vicinity of the fictitious Blizzard Mountain. Gamers can also use the AMG GT R in the new Snow Drift bucket list challenge where Mercedes-AMG’s range-topping GT model needs to complete a smattering total of 50 drift skills on ice and snow in under four minutes. Seems like a good challenge for the Mercedes-AMG GT R, right?

The AMG GT R may not be an ideal car to use in real-life winter conditions. But in the video game world that is Forza Horizon 3 where the name of the game is going full tilt racing on cars like the GT R, there’s no amount of snow or ice that’s going to stop gamers like myself from pushing that pedal to the floor. And if you’re not down with that, well, this new video of the AMG GT R going through the paces in the game to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers should be enough to get your juices going.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been on the market for less than two and a half years as of January 2017, but it has already spawned six different versions, not including cars built specifically for the race track. The latest to join the family is the AMG GT C Coupe, which was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, where Mercedes-Benz also announced various updates to the standard AMG GT models.

Essentially a coupe version of the AMG GT C Roadster that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the GT C Coupe bridges the gap between the GT S, which is the second most powerful model in the lineup, and the hardcore GT R. Features that set it apart from the entry level versions include sportier elements front and rear and a revised hood among other minor revisions on the outside.

Drivetrain-wise, the AMG GT C is significantly more powerful than the GT S and not too far from what the track-prepped GT R can deliver. All told, the GT C Coupe expands the AMG GT lineup even further, in what appears to be an attempt to match the extremely varied 911 offerings available from Porsche. It remains to be seen whether Merc will make it in this tight and difficult niche, but the AMG GT C is a good start.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes-AMG GT C Can Accommodate People of the Plump Variety

I’m a bigger guy, so one of the hardest parts about covering auto shows in a professional capacity is getting in and out of smaller cars. Smaller sedans are the hardest, but small coupes aren’t exactly a breeze either. So, when I finally made it to the Mercedes show floor, I was excited to see some of the new cars in the metal, but also a little anxious about trying to get into some of them. Let’s be honest, when you’re five-foot, 10 inches and pushing 300 pounds, it’s not exactly easy to crawl into a Mercedes GLA-class, let alone a two-seater like the Mercedes-AMG GT C. But, as a member of the media, I had a responsibility to try. And try I did.

To my surprise, the GT C’s front seat was able to move far enough to the rear to accommodate someone well over six foot or someone with an extra meaty midsection. Getting inside really wasn’t that difficult either. To door opens up fairly wide as you can see in the photo gallery, and once I crawled inside, I found that the seat was actually wide enough to accommodate my wider frame. I’m shocked at this point, but sure enough, I was sitting in this little, 550-horsepower demon on wheels and I was comfortable. The seat provided more than enough side support for me, the cushion and back were very soft but supportive in the right places, and the seatbelt even fit. Amazing!

One thing of particular note, however, is how low the seat in this thing really is. Because of the low seating position, you get the true “sports car” feel, but I did find myself knocking into the controls on the center console a bit with my arm. Over the years I’ve grown so accustomed to driving with one hand and keeping the other on the shifter, that I’m still not sure what to do with my right arm in a model that doesn’t let me row my own gears. Outside of that, the car was an absolute dream to sit in, even for a bigger guy in a small car. Visibility over the dash was great; the infotainment display isn’t obtrusive to my forward, right view, and the Alcantara on the steering wheel was a nice treat for my hands after hanging onto a hard camera frame all day. My point is that if you were considering the GT C but wasn’t sure it would be comfortable for larger people, go check it out for yourself. You just might be surprised!

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG's Growing GT Family Is The Competition The Porsche 911 Needs

Is the Mercedes-AMG GT becoming the legitimate threat that the Porsche 911 should be concerned about? I highlighted that and tried to answer it in this comparison piece, but I did leave some space to show some appreciation to Mercedes-AMG for not only going out on a limb with the introduction of the AMG GT back in 2015, but more importantly, for adding on to the AMG GT with follow ups like the AMG GT S, AMG GT R, and most recently, the AMG GT C. The rapid increase in size of the AMG GT family now puts these models on the crosshairs of the Porsche 911. And for what that’s worth, legitimate competition is something that the 911 needs.

Granted, it’s going to be hard for Mercedes to completely topple Porsche out of that lofty perch it has built for itself. Compared to the 911, which has an unlimited supply of name equity, the AMG GTs are still carving out their own identities. The launch of the AMG GT and GT S back in 2015 officially signalled Mercedes-AMG’s plan to bring a dedicated sports car into the mix. The subsequent launches of the AMG GT R, a roadster version of the GT, the GTC C Roadster, and now, the GTC C, built on the foundation laid down by the GT and GT S. Moving forward, the question on everybody’s mind is what Mercedes-AMG has in store for the future with the GT family and its other performance lines.

Not surprisingly, the automaker has been coy on that matter, preferring instead to highlight the upcoming debuts of its other lines, most notably that of the equally successful 43 line, which itself is getting new family members this year in the form of the C 43, E 43, GLC 43, SLC 43, and GLE 43. These models, according to Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers, are being introduced to serve as entry-level models of Merc’s performance brand and help create significant differentiation with the 63 line. That’s the primary focus of AMG now that it’s built up the GT line to a family of awe-inspiring sports cars.

Rest assured though, don’t expect Mercedes-AMG to be content with just having four different models under the GT line. No details have been shared on future models, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Mercedes continue its assault on the Porsche 911’s throne. It’s already happening whether Porsche admits it or not. An hybrid GT sports car, perhaps? A more hardcore version of the AMG GT R? Those are a few of the possibilities we’re looking at, and for what that’s worth, I’m confident that the Mercedes-AMG GT line is not done growing just yet.

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PostHeaderIcon The Battle For German Sports Car Supremacy Is Heating Up

The launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show brought the total number of GT models to six. That’s a lot of models to have in a range when you consider that the first of these performance cars, the AMG GT, was only unveiled in 2015. But success breeds success and by and large, the Mercedes-AMG GT line has been just that for the German automaker. There’s no question about that, but what can be argued is the AMG GT’s place in the segment, or to be more specific, it’s status compared to that of the current king of the sports car business: the Porsche 911.

(It’s also worth mentioning that Porsche also unveiled the new 911 GTS at the same venue, so the timing for this comparison is appropriate.)

So here’s the question: has Mercedes-AMG created a line of GT sports cars that can realistically challenge Porsche’s own family of 911 models for sports car supremacy?

It’s an interesting question to ask because there can be legitimate answers from both sides. If you’re on the side of Mercedes, you can point to the GT sports cars as fresh and compelling choices in the market. Mercedes-AMG, after all, has done a remarkable job building the brand up, as shown by its ever increasing portfolio. There’s a healthy market for the GT today and Mercedes is smart to capitalize on that interest.

On the flip side, Porsche purists are also not wrong for scoffing at the question because it’s the 911 we’re talking about here. The model is without question one of the most iconic nameplates in the history of the auto industry, so before some kind of young whippersnapper can puff its chest and stare down the 911, maybe it should show some kind of longevity first.

Clearly, there are no right or wrong answers here because this whole comparison can be shaped and reshaped depending on the narrative that’s being thrown out. But with the success of the Mercedes-AMG GT line, that earlier question about the GT challenging the 911 is fair game and we’re going to try to find out whether there’s more to it than what meets the eye.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT by G-Power

G-Power is known within automotive and aftermarket circles for being a progressive tuner that isn’t afraid to take on high-profile vehicles, mostly of the BMW variety. But every so often, G-Power goes outside of its own hen house to tackle other German brands and such is the case this time with its new program for the Mercedes-AMG GT. Truth be told, the German tuner has been dipping into the Silver Arrows well quite often in recent months, having given us tuning kits for the AMG G63 and the AMG S63. It’s nice to see G-Power keep up that form with this AMG GT kit that ramps up the output of the German sports car to an impressive 610 horsepower.

Keeping with its history of building meaningful kits for performance cars, G-Power’s work on the AMG GT largely revolves around the coupe’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. Sure, there are auxiliary upgrades added into the mix, but this kit is pretty much focused on that V-8 engine and that’s a good thing considering that the power gains amount to an increase of 148 ponies over the sports coupe’s standard power figure of 462 horses.

The overall upgrade provides stout power gains for the AMG GT. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are a healthy number of tuning programs available for the Mercedes sports car, and G-Power, for its name and status, faces plenty of stiff competition from these firms.

For what it’s worth though, the tuner does have a sterling reputation within the industry, so even if other programs offer more power, those who opt to go with G-Power’s kit should have no issues getting the most out of the program for their money.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT4

Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is the company’s latest halo sports car and replaces the SLS AMG in the lineup. However, the AMG GT is smaller than its predecessor and aimed at a slightly different market niche, having been developed as a competitor for the Porsche 911. The sports car was also used to introduce AMG’s brand-new engine, a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Launched in GT and GT S variations, the two-door gained higher performance GT R (coupe) and GT C (roadster) models, as well as a GT3-spec race car version in 2016.

For 2017, Mercedes-Benz is preparing a second race car based on the AMG GT, this time around in GT4 specification. Although the brand has yet to say when this car will be ready to hit the track, it will be eligible for various GT4 racing series in the FIA calendar, including the GT4 European Series and the British GT Championship. If you’re not familiar with the GT4 class, it’s a less powerful, more affordable version of GT3 and it’s mostly dedicated to amateur drivers. The cars are also equalized in order to allow driving skill to become key.

“The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport program. The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision. We are delighted to address an even larger target group of amateur and professional drivers and teams in the future with it,” said Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG.

Most details are still under wraps and we have just a couple of photos to run buy, but I’ll be back with an update as soon as Mercedes-AMG spills the beans. Meanwhile, check out my speculative review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster

Unveiled just a couple of years ago, the Mercedes-AMG GT has proven to be a worthy successor to the SLS AMG, despite being a bit smaller and rivaling the awesomeness that is the Porsche 911. Since it’s debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the AMG GT has spawned three other versions, including the GT S Roadster, track-ready GT R, and the GT C Convertible. Power output for these models ranges anywhere between 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque in the entry-level GT all the way up to 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet in the GT-R, all of which comes in one sexy and stylish package.

Just recently, AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autoblog that the next model in the GT lineup will be a coupe version of the GT C, but it was also disclosed that a roadster version of the GT R was being discussed. While that does sound promising, it’s nowhere near what we would call a confirmation. It does, however, tell us that it is possible and, as such, we’ve decided to create a rendering to see just what a GT R Roadster would look like. As is the usual case with coupes turned roadster, there’s not much in the way of difference below the waistline, but the GT R Roadster would obviously have its own uniqueness.

So far, little is known about what kind of time frame we’re looking at for even the GT C Coupe, but a leaked roadmap document last year showed that it might come to be by late 2017, which would put the GT R Roadster in line to show up sometime toward the end of 2019. We’ve still got some time before we’ll see the GT R Roadster (if we ever will), but let’s take a look at the rendering we’ve put together and talk a little more about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG to Launch GT C Coupe in 2017; GT R Roadster May Follow

Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Mercedes-AMG GT nameplate has already evolved into a full family of sports cars, including four versions as of late 2016. Launched as the GT and GT S, the German coupe also spawned a roadster, a track-ready GT R model, and a higher-performance drop top called the GT C. That’s pretty impressive for a car that’s been around for only a couple of years, but it seems that AMG is planning to expand the lineup even further.

According to Autoblog, who had a chat with AMG boss Tobias Moers at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the German firm is planning to roll out at least one more version of the AMG GT. Specifically, the recently unveiled AMG GT C roadster will also get a coupe version, which will bridge the gap between the AMG GT S and the more hardcore AMG GT R. Moers declined to confirm a specific timetable, but the AMG product roadmap that surfaced the Web earlier this year listed the GT C coupe as a late 2017 arrival.

When asked about a convertible version of the AMG GT R, the next logical model in the lineup, Moers said that “it’s just a discussion going on, we talked about it in the company, but I don’t know the market potential about that.” That’s by no means confirmation, but it’s pretty clear that AMG is considering such a model. But, should this car be green-lighted for production, don’t expect it to arrive before the GT C coupe.

As a brief reminder, the AMG GT C is the most powerful roadster version of the nameplate, featuring a 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 550 turbocharged horses and 502 pound-feet of torque. That;s 94 horsepower more than the GT and 47 horses more than the GT S. This output also makes it the second-most powerful GT model after the GT R. Speaking of which, the R-badged model comes with an even more powerful version of the biturbo V-8, which generates 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. It’s also the quickest model available yet, needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 198 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT by Luethen Motorsport

The Mercedes-AMG GT has been a hit of a sports car, not only for Mercedes-AMG itself, but also for the collection of aftermarket tuners that have since developed kits for the car since it arrived in 2014. You can even make a case that the AMG GT is the most tuned performance car of the past few years, something that well-known tuners like Brabus, Mansory, and Wheelsandmore can attest to. Even tuners that aren’t as well known like Dime Racing have also developed kits for the sports car and now, you can add Luethen Motorsport to that list and its 612-horsepower upgrade for the AMG GT.

It’s true that Luethen is a relative unknown, but don’t let that anonymity fool you into thinking that it’s in over its head because it’s not. A quick look at its website reveals that the German tuner isn’t just known for its Mercedes programs; it also builds kits for BMWs, Audis, and Porsches. That’s a good menu of brands to build up one’s tuning portfolio.

So this kit about the AMG GT is the latest in a line of programs that Luethen Motorsport has built. The engine upgrade sits at the heart of the kit, but it’s also offering a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit and a new set of wheels. In other words, it’s a comprehensive kit that should attract its fair share of AMG GT owners.

Obviously, the tuner faces some stiff competition from other other tuners. But it’s been up to the challenge before with all the past programs it’s built. History dictates then that it’s going to do just fine with this program for the AMG GT.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT by Dime Racing

Mercedes’ lineup of AMG GT sports cars come with enough varieties that customers shouldn’t have issues picking which of these versions suit them best. Even after they’ve already chosen among the AMG GT, GT S, GT R, or the GT C Roadster, the possibilities for customization are also available at their beck and call. Tuners like Mansory, RennTech, Piecha Design, and Brabus all have programs available for different versions of the AMG GT. It’s dandy that the sports car receivers so much aftermarket love because another tuner, U.S.-based Dime Racing, is also set to offer its own tuning kit for the Mercedes sports car. Even better, the kit comes with an actual watch.

Dime actually doesn’t have the actual kit prepared yet, but it is a legitimate AMG racing and tuning outfit with an SLS AMG competing in the Pirelli World Challenge. So even without the product, Dime is promising massive upgrades to the AMG GT that, once completed, will feature, among other things 745 horsepower to play with. That’s more than what Mansory’s 720-horsepower offer for the same sports car. Pretty intriguing, right?

Not surprisingly, Dime is limiting the program to just 100 units per year, ensuring top-notch quality for each model it builds. It’s also announced a price of $150,200 for each program, which presumably already includes the donor car itself. That includes “bumper-to-bumper” warranty so those who end up with a Dime-tuned AMG GT can take comfort knowing their car is covered in the event of a mishap or two. Apparently, the first batch of cars are all reserved, which is a remarkable act of faith considering that the whole kit is not yet finished.

Oh, and about that watch. The tuner is also offering a personalized Växjö that comes with machine serial numbers with the car and will come directly from former Formula One driver and 1997 Le Mans winner Stefan Johansson.

It’s a tantalizing offer, but unlike those who already put the money down on reservations, I’d like to see the actual finished product first before making any judgments on what Dime Racing is offering.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG's Growth Proves That Pure Performance Cars Are Still Thriving

The announcement of a Mercedes-AMG hybrid hypercar may have grabbed the headlines during Mercedes-AMG’s Media Night presentation of the AMG GT and GTC Roadsters, but lost in the hoopla surrounding the hypercar’s announcement is the other new model that AMG is preparing to add to its growing AMG GT family: the AMG GT C Coupe.

AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed the arrival of the GT C Coupe moments before unveiling the GT C Roadster. He didn’t dive into the details behind the next model up in the AMG GT family, but it is reasonable to at least expect some striking similarities to the GT C model. Moers did say that it will carry identical technical specifications to the roadster model so at the very least, expect it to carry a 4.0-liter, biturbo, V-8 engine that spits out 557 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Likewise, the GT C Coupe is also likely to get some of the technology that was used on the roadster version. That includes, among other things, a modified front axle and an all-new rear axle with rear-wheel steering.

The upcoming AMG GT C Coupe also touches on an even bigger point that Moers made during the GT C Convertible’s presentation. Despite the interest and the time spent pursuing electrification and autonomous driving (Mercedes even counts itself in this group), pure performance brands are still thriving, and AMG is living proof of that. AMG-branded models are selling like crazy with almost 70,000 units being sold in 2015 and this year, the company is expected to have 48 different performance models in the market, with at least 10 newcomers slated to arrive this year. That’s the widest range of any performance brand in the business today. That success is a testament to the company’s pursuit of giving its customers the best performance cars on any price range, but just as important, it also shows that there’s still plenty of room for these ball-busting machines in the garages of customers all over the world.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT R By Alpha-N Performance

The Mercedes-AMG GT R was only unveiled in June 2016 but it didn’t take long for the aftermarket community to jump on board the tuning bandwagon. That’s the case here with Alpha-N Performance, which has released a two-stage engine performance upgrade that spikes the output of the GT R’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine to as much as 655 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.

The kit also offer a lower engine upgrade that nets 635 horses and 568 pound-feet of twist but other than that, there’s not much to go with this program other than the fresh set of 20-inch Oz Racing Ultraleggera wheels. The lack of depth of Alpha-N’s program is understandable considering that the AMG GT R is barely three months old since it was launched in June 2016.

I expect Alpha-N Performance to build from the engine upgrades and have a proper tuning kit with exterior and interior upgrades available in the near future. For now, though, new owners of the AMG GT R can opt to get more power out of their prized sports cars. That’s not a bad idea entirely given that the results of the upgrade can bring the AMG GT R to hit speeds in excess of 200 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT S RSR By Piecha Design

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the AMG GT and GT S models in 2014, it did so knowing that when both models hit the market, it’s going to catch the eye of the aftermarket industry. Two years into its existence, that’s exactly what has happened to the AMG GTs. The GT S, in particular, has turned into quite the aftermarket darling with Piecha Design becoming the latest tuner to present its program for the sports car. While the kit itself is still incomplete – a debut has been set for September 4, 2016 – the tuner’s engine upgrade is already promising an output of 612 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the modifications made to the AMG GT S’s 4.0-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine, Piecha Design is also preparing an aerodynamic body kit with plenty of carbon fiber bits. A new set of wheels is also included in the program, as are upgrades made to the car’s chassis and suspension. In other words, Piecha Design is working on a comprehensive tuning experience for the popular Mercedes sports car that should give all other tuning kits for the AMG GT S a run for their money.

The big question now is whether Piecha Design can deliver on its promise. From the looks of things, it’s well on its way down that road, but until the complete program is unveiled, it’s a little too early to pass any concrete judgments other than the parts of the kit that have already been mentioned on the tuner’s website.

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