Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has “given birth” to a new member of the AMG GT family – the AMG GT C Coupe priced at RM1,461,605.60 – as the middle child where it will be slotted between the AMG GT S and the AMG GT R.
Inside the long swooping front bonnet rests a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine that makes 557 hp and 680 Nm of torque. The potent power plant is mated to an AMG Speedshift 7-speed DCT Wand together, they’ll annihilate the 0 to 100 km/h run in just 3.7 seconds before maxing out at 316 km/h.
The roar is also enhanced with an AMG Performance exhaust system as standard with two variably adjustable flaps modulate the exhaust note. The flaps open and close depending on the selected AMG DRIVE SELECT mode, although they can also be controlled individually using a separate button in the AMG DRIVE UNIT.
What’s also really striking to the attention aside from the imposing front bonnet is the AMG Panamerica grille that features 15 chrome-plated, vertical bars that mimic the Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer sports racing car.
Under the imposing front grille is the AIRPANEL active air management system, adopted from the AMG GT R. Vertical louvres located in the lower area of the front apron can be opened and closed by an electric motor in around one second. During normal driving, the louvres are closed for reduced drag where the air is then directed to the underbody of the car.
The GT C’s wider contours on its rear apron also improve the airflow at the rear with their large outer air vents and features an aerofoil integrated into the boot lid – where it electrically extends and retracts at certain speeds.
The exterior is garnished with 19-inch 5 twin-spoke light alloy wheels in the front, with a 20-inch pair at the back. The tyres at the back are 305mm in width!
Sitting behind all fours is the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with Adaptive Damping System (Comfort, Sport, Sport +) as standard. The electronically-controlled system automatically adapts the damping on each wheel to the current driving situation, speed and road conditions.
The Active rear-wheel steering that was debuted in the AMG GT R is applied in the AMG GT C for better stability and improved agility. At speeds of up to 100 km/h, the rear wheels point in the opposite direction to the front wheels. At lower speeds, the AMG GT C turns into corners with significantly higher agility, requiring less steering input.