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Mercedes-AMG GT C coupe with 547bhp V8 is spotted

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The Mercedes-AMG GT C coupé has shed its disguises and has been spotted, three months before it is expected to make its global debut. The coupe is following in the footsteps of the GT C roadster and will sit between the GT R and GT S models.

Mercedes-AMG GT C coupe gets lighter and faster

The new Mercedes-AMG shares the same V8 engine as the roadster and this 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged unit can deliver 547bhp. This is 44bhp more horsepower than that offered by the AMG GT S and the GT C also gets different gear ratios on its Speedshift seven-speed dual clutch transaxles. It has a lower seventh gear and a higher first gear compared with the standard GT Coupe.

The GT C also benefits from active air management, a system which made its debut on the GT R and uses vertical louvres in the grille which can open and close automatically. This is determined by the engine’s temperature and works to enhance cooling and to manage the airflow.

The coupe version of the GT C should be lighter than its roadster sibling and this should make it slightly faster. It should mean a maximum speed in excess of 196mph and a zero to 62mph sprint in less than 3.7 seconds.

The undisguised car which has just been spotted reveals the coupe’s more aggressive bodywork, together with the flared rear arches seen on the roadster. The model is also an Edition 50 car, which is to be launched in celebration of the 50th year of AMG. This celebratory model will feature bespoke trim and will include additional standard kit.

Expanding the Mercedes-AMG range

It is expected that the price of the GT C coupe will be slightly less than that of its roadster sibling, which has a starting price of just under £140,000. It is likely to make its debut after a refreshed version of the GT range is shown off at January’s Detroit motor show. This means that March’s Geneva show is almost certain to be the venue for the official unveiling of the GT C Coupe.

At a later date, the GT range is expected to expand still further with the arrival of the range-topper; a Black Series car. This was confirmed by Tobias Moers, AMG's CEO, earlier in the year. This car could offer more than 600bhp.

Speaking at the launch of the GT R, Moers also announced the incarnation of the GT4 race car to sit underneath the GT3 and take on the likes of the McLaren 570S GT4. He also confirmed that a Mercedes-AMG GT Convertible is on the way. This is part of Mercedes’ plans to offer more comprehensive competition to the Porsche 911 range.

Moers also confirmed that a scorching Black Series car is on the agenda, although this run-out will not make an appearance until late in the production life cycle of the GT. Speaking in the summer, Moers said that it would not arrive ‘soon’ as Black Series cars usually arrive towards the close of a production cycle, although he said that the AMG GT Black was a ‘must-do’ model.

Half a century of AMG

Mercedes-AMG, most commonly called AMG, is Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division and has its headquarters in Affalterbach in Germany. AMG began as a forge for racing engines and was launched in 1967. It then went on to become an independent engineering company which specialised in offering performance improvements on Mercedes vehicles. In 1999, however, Daimler-Benz AG acquired a controlling interest and the group became its sole owner in 2005. It is now a true Daimler AG subsidiary.

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