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-liter V8 engine configuration found in its roadster counterpart where it pushes out a healthy 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton meters) of torque. The GT C Roadster model needs 3.7 seconds to complete the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) before hitting 196 mph (316 kph), 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-liter V6 engine. AMG is allegedly targeting a curb weight of just 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms), so it should turn out to be an absolute rocket. Rumor has it the yet unnamed hybridized machine will run to 60 mph in two and a half seconds and max out at more than 220 mph (355 kph). By comparison, that would make the GT R Coupe seem slow-ish since it needs 3.6 seconds until 62 mph (100 kph) and can “only” do 197 mph (318 kph).