This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Mercedes-AMG partnership and to help celebrate, the automaker rolled out the latest iterations of its hot GT sportscar family in Detroit. Highlighting this gathering of enthusiast-grade Grand Tourers was the world debut of the new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe model, a hardtop sibling to the 2018 GT C Roadster that bowed last fall in Paris along with the entry level GT Roadster. Set to slot between the Mercedes-AMG GT S and the competition-inspired Mercedes-AMG GT R, this newcomer arrives later this year with the first 50 units of both GT C Coupe and GT C Roadster models being unique “Edition 50” variants.   

Sharing key mechanicals with the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, the new GT C Coupe packs an AMG 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 that makes 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque which gets shipped to the rear wheels via a 7-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch automatic transmission with bespoke ratios and a Race mode to enhance on-track responsiveness and help bring up 60-mph in a mere 3.7 ticks.

Bold bodywork

The Coupe also boasts the same bold bodywork treatment, auto-extending rear spoiler, wider rear track, active rear-wheel steering from the GT R model and an electronic limited-slip differential plus an AMG-spec Sport Suspension with Ride Control variable damping and the full AMG Dynamic Plus Package. 

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When done up in Edition 50 kit, the Mercedes-AMG GTC Coupe -- and Roadster – will feature designo Graphite Grey Magno paint set off with black chrome trim highlights that extend to the finish on the cross-spoke AMG forged alloy wheels plus an “Edition 50” badge on the decklid. The cabin features exclusive Nappa leather in silver pearl and black with gray diamond-patterned stitching plus exclusive Carbon Fiber Matte and Piano Black trim as part of the standard AMG Interior Night Package. Other bespoke items include silver seatbelts and AMG Performance seats with a "GT Edition 50" logo in the head restraint and a Burmester Surround Sound audio system.

Enhancing GT family values

While the big news in the Motor City was the introduction of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe, the 2018 GT and GT S models also benefit from a selection of meaningful upgrades. The most obvious change is the adoption of the prominent AMG Panamericana grille that reflects the look of the current Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer racing car and also dominates the face of the 2018 GT C and GT R models. Like those cars, the GT and GT S now have the Airpanel active air management shutter system that optimizes engine cooling and helps reduce drag at higher speeds.

To punch up performance, output of the 4.0-liter AMG Biturbo V8’s in the GT and GT S also has risen significantly for 2018. In GT form it will develop 469 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque compared to the current 456 and 443. The GT S output jumps from 503 to 515 horses and from 479 to 494 lb-ft of peak twist. As previously announced, the mighty GT R will remain atop the GT ladder, making 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.

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In addition to a selection of new standard and available wheel designs, the GT and GT S option choices also grow for 2018 thanks to the availability of the AMG Interior Night package as well as the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package. Buyers also will be able to opt for new exclusive Nappa leather and heated/ventilated AMG Performance seats. Also on offer is the AMG Track Pace app that helps drivers sharpen their skills as well as enable their smartphones to record lap/sector times, telemetry and video.

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The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT lineup is set for a staggered arrival in America with the first entry, the GT R Coupe, hitting showrooms this summer. It will be followed by the GT Coupe, GT Roadster, GT S Coupe and GT C Roadster “by fall,” and finally the GT C Coupe “by late fall.” Pricing for all will be released closer to their on-sale dates.

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