Alongside the GT R, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has just launched the facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT C at the Sepang International Circuit. Slotting in between the GT S and GT R in terms of performance, the GT C will carry a price tag of RM1,558,888 (on the road without insurance).
Engine: 3,982 cc; twin-turbo V8
Transmission: 7-speed AMG Speedshift DCT
Horsepower: 557 hp @ 6,750 rpm
Torque: 680 Nm @ 2,100 – 5,500 rpm
0 to 100 km/h: 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 317 km/h
Styling wise, the GT C features a slightly pared down exterior design compared to the GT R. The new LED High Performance headlamps flank the Panamaricana grille, while the rear is fitted with a newly redesigned apron along with trapeze shaped twin tail pipe covers. The carbon fibre roof on the GT R is replaced with a panoramic sunroof.
As with its elder twin, the GT C adopts the AIRPANEL active air management system, with vertical lourves directly behind the front apron. Usually in the closed position for improved aerodynamics, AIRPANEL can be electronically opened to direct air to the heat exchangers when additional cooling is required.
The GT C rides on staggered wheels, with 19-inch alloys at the front and 20-inch at the rear, featuring the AMG cross-spoke forged wheel design. Behind the wheels are the 6-piston brake calipers – painted in red, along with carbon ceramic discs.
On the inside, the Mercedes-AMG GT C comes with Nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre upholstery, including a Nappa leather-wrapped AMG performance steering wheel, AMG performance seats, and all-round carbon fibre trim pieces. The instrument cluster is now replaced by a new 12.3-inch digital screen with AMG-specific display styles.
The 10.25-inch infotainment on the GT C adds support for AMG Track Pace, which utilises your smartphone together with the telemetry data from the car to track performance on pre-configured tracks – similar to a personal race-engineer.
Fitted with a sports suspension, the GT C features AMG RIDE CONTROL continuously variable, adaptive damping system that automatically adapts the damping on each wheel depending on the current handling situation, speed, and road conditions.
The sports suspension, along with the engine, transmission and steering response can all be altered through AMG DYNAMIC SELECT. The AMG DYNAMICS system also expands upon the Electronic Stability Programme, which dynamically regulates power distribution at the rear axle, as well as the steering characteristics for higher lateral acceleration, better traction and load change reactions.