It was only a couple of weeks ago when Mercedes-AMG head honcho Tobias Moers announced plans for a GT C Coupe and now the cat is out of Affalterbach’s bag. The icing on the cake is the fact we’re looking at a limited-run “Edition 50” scheduled to come out next year together with the regular variant to celebrate half a century of AMG.
As expected, the exterior design echoes the GT C Roadster introduced several months ago at the Paris Motor Show, with the obvious exception of the roof making the switch from an electrically-retractable soft top to a fixed metal roof. This special edition will adopt a more sinister appearance with a matte black body and dark alloy wheels, while on the inside there will probably a few tweaks to set it apart from the standard GT C Coupe.
Just like the roadster, the coupe will use the same biturbo 4.0-liter V8 dialed to 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton meters) of torque. It’s going to be 47 hp (35 kW) and 23 lb-ft (31 Nm) stronger than the GT S Coupe and it will likely run to 62 mph (100 kph) in around 3.7 seconds taking into account the S does it in 3.8 seconds. The electronic top speed limiter will probably be loosened up a bit compared to the S version where it’s programmed to kick in at 193 mph (310 kph).
Slotting between the GT S and the range-topping GT R, the new version will borrow some of the latter’s goodies, including the AMG Ride Control suspension with a wider rear track and an electronic differential lock. Moreover, it will be blessed with rear-wheel steering and will wear the “Panamericana” front grille as seen in the adjacent spy shots. Active aero shutters and a switchable exhaust delivering a beefy soundtrack are also on the menu.
Expect the GT C Coupe to be unveiled at a major auto show sometime next year, so look for a world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. If not, Mercedes-AMG will probably wait until September to host the car’s reveal on its home turf in Frankfurt, Germany. Sales should begin before the year’s end.