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AMG's fastest trio touches down


Unveiled earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has officially released pricing details of its hardcore AMG GT R Coupe, as well as the inclusion of Roadster variants based on the standard GT and GT S.

GT R Coupe

Derived from the AMG GT3 used in FIA GT3 racing, and tested extensively at the Nurburgring, the AMG GT R, aside from its distinctive AMG Green Hell Magno paint finish, is claimed to represent the next level of driving performance with traits honed on the track.

To this end, it features a revised front end with a new grille, new splitter, double wheel arches and active vents dubbed Air Curtains, revised aerodynamics, double rear diffuser, optional AMG Performance wheels and revised rear wing.

Underneath its skin, the GT R boasts sports tuned suspension with AMG RIDE CONTROL, three mode AMG DYNAMIC SELECT, thicker rear axle, active rear-wheel steering, carbon ceramic brakes, AMG Performance exhaust, electronically controlled limited slip diff, speed sensitive steering and AMG TRACTION CONTROL.

Like the standard GT, power comes from a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, tweaked to produce 430 kW and 700 N.m of torque. A seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch box with five modes; Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race, drives the rear wheels with the 0-100 km/h sprint over in 3.6 secs, while top speed is rated at 318 km/h.


GT & GT C Roadster

First shown some three months ago, the new GT and GT C Roadster are said to offer the hallmarks of the AMG experience, with the pure feeling of a Roadster.

Making extensive use of aluminium to compensate for any lost rigidity, both uses the same engine as the Coupe, but again in different states of tune with 350 kW / 630 N.m on tap in the GT, and 410 kW and 680 N.m in the GT C.

Top speed is pegged at 302 km/h and 316 km/h respectively, with the GT C taking 3.7 secs to reach 100 km/h from standstill versus the GT's 4.0 secs. A seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch is again the only transmission offered, with the GT S also incorporating the GT R's Race mode.

In addition, other GT R elements include the AMG Performance exhaust, AMG Sport Suspension and Ride Control and the electronically controlled limited slip diff.



AMG GT Roadster 350 kW / 630 N.m R2 199 000
AMG GT C Roadster 410 kW / 680 N.m R2 599 000
AMG GT R Coupe 430 kW / 700 N.m R2 689 900

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