Mercedes-AMG has been in the process of adding some new models to the existing lineup of performance cars.
The GT soft-top roadster was teased only a few days ago and Mercedes-AMG has now confirmed the GT C, which has been rumored for quite a while. There have been rumors that the Mercedes-AMG GT C would be coming up as a hardtop coupe, but it seems that it will initially be available only as a roadster convertible. The 4.0 liter V8 which has been seen in several Mercedes-AMG models continues with the same twin turbos boosting the power and torque figures.
The engine makes around 550 bhp and 502 lb-ft of torque and this makes it significantly more powerful than the GT S Coupe, which makes around 503 bhp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Power from this engine is sent to the wheels using a seven speed dual clutch gearbox. Even though it makes such an astonishing amount of power, it is still lower than the track focused GT R by about 25 bhp and 15 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes claims that this new GT C will be capable of hitting 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds while going on to hit a top whack of 196 mph.
Mercedes-AMG have decided to borrow aspects like the electronic limited slip differential and rear axle steering system from the track focused GT R. The staggered will set up on the GT C means that the vehicle will have 19 inch wheels on the front and 20 inch wheels at the rear with 305 section tires. The GT R has an extensive carbon fiber treatment that helps keep the weight low, but the GT C will be missing out on this aspect probably to save on the cost. However, it does come with a lithium ion battery in order to reduce a few kilograms.
The Mercedes-AMG GT roadster should be just about fine for those entering into the performance segment for the first time, as it still makes a healthy 469 bhp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The powered retractable soft top is one of the finest features in a modern roadster since it takes only 11 seconds to go up. Mercedes-AMG will debut these models at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in just over a month. However, they will not be available in the United States before fall of 2017. The addition of these models takes the AMG GT family to five vehicles.
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