Mercedes-AMG beefs up its GT


Mercedes-AMG has completed a top-and-tail exercise with its iconic GT range by following up the recent launch of the headlining GT Black Series with the introduction of upgraded entry-level coupe and roadster variants.

With production of the GT – the first standalone model in the history of the Three-pointed Star’s performance division – nearing its end, Mercedes-AMG rolled out the 537-kW GT Black Series, powered by the most potent V8 engine ever installed in a standard road-going Benz and laced with motorsport-derived components, earlier this month.

However, the Affalterbach-based division is also ringing the changes at the entry point to its GT range – ostensibly to ramp up sales as the countdown begins to the introduction of the next-generation sportscar (which will share its platform with the upcoming SL range) in 2021.

The quickest way to spot the updated GT from its predecessor is by the red front brake calipers.

Although Mercedes-AMG initially offered the GT hardtop in 340-kW Coupe and 384-kW S Coupe guises when the range was introduced to the local market in 2015, the base version was subsequently discontinued (around 2018). However, Benz’s performance division has now discontinued the S version and upgraded the GT instead.   

The revised GT Coupe and Roadster, which will arrive in dealerships around November (Mercedes-AMG says), produces a claimed peak output of 390 kW, which is slightly higher than the outgoing S derivative’s output, but significantly more powerful than the previous GT.

The Night Edition looks suitably sinister with its black grille and headlamp elements, as well as the carbon-fibre roof.

They come equipped with AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension, an electronic-locking diff, AMG composite braking system (replete with red calipers), as well as a lithium-ion starter battery and an additional "Race" drive mode. Buyers have the option of specifying active rear axle steering in conjunction with the AMG Dynamic Plus package.

Both variants will also be available with optional blacked-out “Night Edition” execution, which comprises the AMG Exterior Night Package, as well as black brake callipers, AMG radiator grille in dark chrome, main headlamps with black elements, and mixed-size tyres with 19-inch matt black Y-spoke alloys at the front with 20-inch wheels at the rear.

There is an abundance of piano black details in the "Night Edition" cockpit, including on the spokes of the AMG steering wheel.

Other features of the "Night Edition" include the carbon-fibre roof with dark-tinted areas on the coupe. The choice of paint finishes that buyers can choose from (black is standard) include obsidian black metallic, selenite grey metallic or designo graphite grey magno.

Meanwhile, the interiors of the "Night Edition" versions feature the AMG Interior Night Package, including AMG Performance seats (trimmed in black Nappa leather with diamond quilting and black topstitching), while the AMG sports steering wheel has black spokes and shift paddles and the rim is finished in Dinamica fabric. The exclusive appearance is finished off with a plethora of piano-black accents, which are optionally available with additional carbon-fibre elements.

The AMG Performance seats are trimmed in black Nappa leather and feature diamond quilting as well as black topstitching.

Mercedes-AMG has yet to confirm if and when the updated GT will replace the S Coupe derivative in the local market (it might be late this year, or only in 2021); the Roadster, by contrast, is currently only offered in the 410-kW “C” guise in Mzansi, so the GT Roadster is perhaps less likely to reach our shores...

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