Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50 heads up AMG’s 50th anniversary

Special edition Mercedes AMG GT C and updated 2017 AMG GT models announced to coincide with the brand’s half-centenary

Mercedes-AMG enjoys its 50th anniversary this year, and the first evidence of its celebrations comes in the form of the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50.

Sitting between the AMG GT S and the AMG GT R, the GT C coupe joins the existing GT C roadster and packs the same 410kW version of AMG’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8.

Its physical dimensions also mirror those of the roadster, with a wider rear aspect than standard AMG GTs (at 57mm wider, it matches the GT R) and features more aerodynamic appendages than lesser GTs.

AMG Ride Control adaptive damping is standard on the GT C Edition 50 and like the GT R, uses rear-wheel steering to improve both precision and stability, depending on the angle the rear wheels adopt in relation to those at the front – turning in the opposite direction up to 100km/h, and in the same direction above that.

Specific to the Edition 50 are two paint finishes – Designo Graphite Grey Magno and Designo Cashmere White Magno – offset by black chrome trim details and a matching finish to the wheels. Black and silver feature heavily in the cabin too, both on the seat trim and across the dashboard and centre console. The steering wheel is trimmed in a suede-like ‘Dinamica’ microfibre fabric, and trim details match those on the exterior, with a black finish.

Alongside the Edition 50, Mercedes-AMG has updated the regular GT and GT S models, most notably with extra power from their respective V8s. The GT now makes 10kW more than it did before at 350kW, while the GT S gets a 9kW boost to now develop 384kW at 6250rpm. Torque climbs to 630Nm and 670Nm respectively.

These improvements have no on-paper effect on performance, still 4.0sec to 100km/h for the GT, 3.8sec for the GT S, with 304km/h and 311km/h top speeds for the two models.

AMG GT S customers can now also specify rear-wheel steering, in conjunction with the AMG Dynamic Plus package, while all models now boast ‘Airpanel’ active aerodynamics, where louvres in the front bumper open or close depending on cooling demands.