1 Oct 2017
In October 2017 Mercedes-AMG expanded its flagship GT sportscar range from two models to six, bringing two new drop-top Roadster variants, and two hard-top performance variants including the savage range-topping GT R.
The two existing variants, the GT and GT S coupe, were updated with a new Panamericana grille and improved power outputs, up 10kW/30Nm and 9kW/20Nm to 350kW/630Nm and 384kW/670Nm, respectively.
Coupe variants consisted of GT, GT S, GT C and GT R, while the Roadster was offered in GT and GT C guise.
The GT C stepped power up to 410kW/680Nm, while the top-spec GT R pumped out 430kW/700Nm.
All variants were powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 used in an number of AMG models teamed to a seven-speed automatic transmission, with power being fed exclusively to the rear wheels.
The GT R was able to complete the zero to 100km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 318km/h, and at the time was the fastest production car to lap the Mount Panorama circuit.
It was easily differentiated from the rest of the range by its wing spoiler, front splitter and rear bumper, as well as the generous use of carbon-fibre throughout.