When Mercedes Benz released the AMG GT they aimed it directly at one of the most accomplished cars in the business; the Porsche 911 Turbo. Like the SLS that went before it, it was built from the ground up by AMG rather than modifying an existing Mercedes Benz car for extra performance. As a result, they were able to create a car specifically to perform as they wanted it to. Not content with just producing a car that on paper could rival their Stuttgart neighbours, they also enlisted the former Porsche 911 chassis development leader to make sure it certainly drove like one.
By taking the outgoing SLS as a starting point, despite the fact no parts are carried over, they lowered the car by over an inch, shortened the wheelbase by 2 inches, revised the suspension geometry and made sure the weight distribution matched the 47:53 front-to-rear split of the 911. Despite the long bonnet and nose protruding beyond the front wheels, the engine actually sits far back effectively making the AMG GT a front-mid engine car. Higher specification models incorporated a few Porsche tricks of the trade with active dampers and active engine mounts and taking cues from Jaguar’s F-Type with an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential. The resulting car may drive and handle as effectively as a 911 but its streamlined looks, long bonnet and voluptuous curves mean that for many it is a much more desirable prospect.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the AMG high performance division, the AMG GT C Edition 50 was released in 2017 in limited numbers of just 500 and with added specification. Designed to sit in between the AMG GT S and GT R models, the GT C Edition 50 took styling cues from the top of the range GT R with a wider rear track and matching extended bodywork, as well as the more aggressive aero styling at the front and sides. Also included is adaptive damping and the active rear wheel steering from the GT R; opposing directions for low speed manoeuvrability, the same direction for high speed stability. The power is increased to 550 bhp from the 4.0 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine and to help it stand out the car is available in two paint finishes specific to the Edition 50; Designo Graphite Grey Magno and Designo Cashmere White Magno satin finishes. Both colours come with black chrome exterior trim detailing and wheel finishes with black and silver interior trim.
The AMG GT C Edition 50 offers 95% of the thrill of the GT R with a less hardcore and more luxurious setting. The muscular bodywork makes lower AMG GT’s look comparatively weedy and suits the shape and stance of the car to a tee. The satin finish to the bodywork highlights each and every curve of the stunning design and creates an effortlessly cool statement. This combined with the desirability and exclusivity of the limited run of just 500 ‘Edition 50’ models worldwide is more than enough to make the model stand out amongst the crowd, not that this car needs much help in this respect anyway.
Later last year we had the rare opportunity to have both a roadster and coupe AMG GT C Edition 50 and one in each colour combination. Our Designo Graphite Grey Magno roadster is now sold, however the Designo Cashmere White Magno is in stock and a very special car indeed. Believed to be one of only 3 cars that came to the UK as a coupe in this colour, our 17/67 Edition 50 has covered just 900 miles and as well as the extensive list of features included with this model such as Dynamic Plus pack, Premium pack, Interior Night pack, Black Chrome detailing, AMG Performance seats and much more, it also comes with the additional Driving Assistance pack to include Lane Keep assist, Blind Spot monitoring, Distronic Cruise Control and Mercedes Pre-Safe.
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