2017 NAIAS: Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe image

Following the introduction of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster during the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the high performance models’ family gets another member in time for the 2017 Detroit Auto Show – the GT C Coupe.

The Mercedes-AMG GT family continues to grow and at the North American International Auto Show the GT C Coupe was also joined by the refreshed GT and GT S which gain some additional power and retro-flavored front ends. The GT C Coupe is exactly the same as the GT C Roadster, but adds a fixed metal roof over the persons sitting inside – and sits in between the GT S and the hardcore GT R. The model takes advantage of the same 4.0-liter biturbo V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and generates 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (681 Newton-meters) of torque for a sprint to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 3.7 seconds and to a maximum speed of 196 mph (315 kph). The GT S now has 515 hp (384 kW) and 494 lb-ft (670 Nm), whereas the GT R packs 577 hp (430 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm).

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The GT C Coupe also has additional performance features – such as the rear-wheel steering from the GT R, adaptive damping and an electronic limited-slip differential. The design adopts the new Panamericana grille that is inspired by racecars and legends alike – such as the iconic 300SL. Another element taken from the GT R is the airpanel active air management system. The base GT also got updated to 469 hp (350 kW) and 465 lb-ft – gains of 13 hp (10 kW) and 22 lb-ft (30 Nm) respectively.