The more the merrier.
Back in July, we stumbled upon a roadmap revealing Mercedes’ plan to introduce a GT C Coupe towards the end of 2017. Now, AMG’s head honcho Tobias Moers has told Autoblog the roadmap is legit and there will be a GT C Coupe to join the recently unveiled roadster version. He didn’t specify when the model will be launched, only saying that “we’re going to move with that.”
As you would imagine, the GT C Coupe will use the same biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine configuration found in its roadster counterpart where it pushes out a healthy 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The GT C Roadster model needs 3.7 seconds to complete the sprint to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) before hitting 316 km/h (196 mph), so expect just about the same level of performance from its fixed roof sibling.
The Mercedes-AMG GT family expansion might continue beyond the introduction of a GT C Coupe taking into account Moers also admitted the folks from Affalterbach are also toying around with the idea of doing a GT R Roadster. Execs are not sure whether there would be a market big enough for it, so they’ll have to give it some thought before green-lighting the model. The GT R Roadster isn’t listed on the 2017 roadmap, so even if approved, it won’t come sooner than 2018.
As if these AMG products weren’t exciting enough, a hypercar is due in 2018 with around 1,000 horsepower coming from an F1-derived turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engine. AMG is allegedly targeting a curb weight of just 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds), so it should turn out to be an absolute rocket. Rumour has it the yet unnamed hybridized machine will run to 96 km/h (60 mph) from a standstill in two and a half seconds and max out at more than 335 km/h (220 mph). By comparison, that would make the GT R Coupe seem slow-ish since it needs 3.6 seconds until 100 km/h (62 mph) and can “only” do 318 km/h (197 mph).