Mercedes-Benz Malaysia last week unleashed two powerhouses to the local Premium Sportscar market, the AMG GT R and the AMG GT C. Think of the AMG GT R as the Yang and the AMG GT C as the Yin.
Unique exterior elements of the AMG GT R are the low front end, aggressive radiator grille and two aerodynamically-shaped horizontal fins. The wheel arches have liners with slits, while air curtains are inserted at the front for a reason. Both, the GT R and the GT C have the AirPanel active air management system, for better airflow purposes.
Both GTs are fitted with the latest LED technology, with your DRLs and reflectos. More differentiation between th GT R and GT C are evident with the carbon fiber roof on the GT R and panoramic one on the GT C; yellow-painted brakes on the GT R and red callipers on the GT C; and AMG 5-twin-spoke forged wheels are fitted on the GT R and cross-spoke forged wheels for the GT C.
From the rear, the GT R retains a large, centrally positioned tail pipe cover with center bar and two black tail pipes that surrounds the diffusor, while the GT C gets a new black diffuser insert and trapeze shaped twin tail pipe covers.
Plenty of interior elements are shared between the two GT variants from a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch multimedia display to upholstery and trimmings. The GT R has a DINAMICA-wrapped steering wheel, while the GT C’s steering is wrapped up in black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber. The GT R even comes in Track package or Track Pace.
The AMG GT R’s V8 4.0-liter turbo muscles up to 585 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm. The engine is mated a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and the rear-wheel driven sports car does 0 – 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 318 km/h. On the lighter side, the AMG GT C which is between the GT R and GT S carries a similar engine with a slightly downtrodden hp and torque at 557 km/h and 680 Nm. A century dash is 0.1 secs lesser while top speed is only 2 km/h down.
On suspension, the GT-R is fitted with wishboes and coil-over suspension with AMG Ride Control for optimum grip. The GT C has standard sports suspension with AMG Ride Control, which does the job on the road but not as precise as the GT R’s more dynamic suspensions.
AMG Dynamic Select and AMG Dynamics are incorporated to ensure better driving dynamics. An optional parking front camera with ParkTronic Assistant and reverse camera is available, for either the GT R or GT C.
The Mercedes-AMG GT C retails for RM RM 1,558,888. While the AMG GT R is RM 1,712,888.